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Build It. When I was a kid, my siblings and I used to build massive forts on snow days. We would grab sheets out the linen closet and drape them between the couch and loveseat in the den and prop them up with a broom. My brother was the master of fortress making. He would move a lamp, his toys and snacks into his while my sister and I spent more time tucking our sheets into the couch than playing in our fort. My kids have truly inherited their uncle's fort making skills. My youngest tucks sheets into the recliner and positions them just so for a teepee effect. Such precision. He closes the "door" when he doesn't wish to be disturbed. It's a great way to freshen up some of those sheets that have been kept in the linen closet for months.
Cook It. I am a HUGE fan of cooking with kids. Cooking with kids is a great way to introduce new foods into their diets. Search 2-ingredient recipes online for some easy to make recipes kids will love. 2 ingredient fudge is a Three Boys and an Old Lady favorite that's easy to make and the kids can help!
Clear It. I'm not talking about those toys at the top of the toy box that are kids play with but those toys that have fallen down to the very bottom of the toy box...way down deep at the very bottom. Those toys that haven't seen a playdate in months, in some cases, years. If your kid isn't too sentimentally attached to a toy, consider donating used toys to a local family shelter or trading them in. Trading toys? YES! A few years ago, a mom, like us, realized her kids had way too many Legos. Her solution? PLEY! Pley is a subscription based toy program. Right now Pley features Legos and K'Nex bricks but here's the kicker, Pley will credit your account $5 for every pound of Legos you trade in. Your child can trade in their unused Legos for brand new Lego kits.
Unplug It. Put down the game controllers and turn off the television. This is a great time to rediscover those books on the bookshelf. If you need a little quiet time, set aside an hour of reading time and sit down together and read. Doesn’t matter if it’s a book or a magazine or the local paper, reading is a great way to spark young, creative minds. If your child is old enough to read, try letting them read a page and then you read a page. Once I was so bored I began reading my cookbooks aloud to the Three Boys. They were in their swings just swinging away and looking at me like "This is the GREATEST book EVER!"
Create It. There are tons of fab ideas for creative play using staples found in your house. Make some slime or homemade play dough or try your hand at a paper mache snowman. One of our tried and true paper mache paste recipes is simply 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water. Simply stir and tada, paper mache paste. Tear a few strips of old newspaper and mold to your little one's content.
What are some ways you and your kids beat Winter boredom? Let me know, leave a comment below.
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