One occupational hazard of being a parent
during the winter months is how to keep your kids occupied when
school is canceled and they’re bored with playing in the
snow. Here are a few ideas to try, and most use materials you
already have around the house!
suggests the following: See if your kids can make all the
letters of the alphabet using their bodies, keeping in mind that
some letters will require two people (unless you have a child
capable of contorting herself into an M). Photograph the letters
with a digital or Polaroid camera, and then have the kids cut them
out and arrange them on poster board to create their own personal
also recommends this: Arrange a selection of empty cereal
boxes, milk cartons, and paper-towel and toilet-paper tubes at the
end of a hallway as targets. Then knock them down using rolled-up
Take the time to cook with your kids!
Then they get to reap the rewards by eating their finished product.
Check out our
for a wide selection of options.
Get your kids involved by writing letters
to the President. When they’re done, send them off to
the following address:
The President of the
White House Office
letter will be read by a White House secretary who may refer it to
the president. No matter who reads it, however, you will receive a
reply. Your letter can be neatly handwritten or typed. It should be
short and to the point, with your concern clearly stated. Here is
Dear Mr. President, I am a 6th
grader at Jackson Middle School and I am very concerned about the
depletion of the o-zone layer. I don't want to grow up in a world
that is unprotected from the harmful effects of direct sunlight. I
am writing this letter to ask you to help by increasing penalties
for companies with harmful environmental practices. Please do
whatever you can."
You have to eat, so make an activity out of
it. Throw a blanket on the floor, get out the paper plates and
plastic utensils. Then pretend you’re eating in the
park on a warm sunny day.
Hot cider in teacups, cookies, your
favorite teddy bears: What could be more fun? Invite a few friends
and their favorite teddy and have fun!
Expose your children to the works of the
Masters like DaVinci, Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne, and Monet!
Show them famous works of art and have them re-create them!
Of course, don’t forget board games
Now it’s your turn!
What do you do with your kids to keep them occupied on snow
days? Do you know any good books to read? Any kid-friendly
recipes to share?
Add a comment below and let us
Copyright (c) 2010 The E. W. Scripps Company