Solutions for Winter Break Blues
We are well into the second week of winter break, and I'd be willing to bet that many of you are trying to keep the kids from swinging from the chandelier. Don't worry…it's okay to admit that they're driving you a little batty. If you are in need of some fun, inexpensive home activities, check out this list from Destroydebt.com of 20 boredom busters; here are some of my faves…
- Soda bottle bowling: Raid the recycling bin for empty plastic
soda bottles. Set them up like bowling pins and roll a ball at them like you're
bowling. Make the game more challenging by adding some water to
the bottom of the soda bottles (if you still have the caps!) or by
- Bottle cap Shuffleboard: Create a triangle on the end of the
kitchen table out of painter's tape, and divide into 3 sections:
the tip of the triangle is worth 30 points, the center is worth 20
points, and the larger base of the triangle is worth 10 points. On the
other end of the kitchen table, place a piece of tape to create the
push-off line. Use bottle caps and push them so they slide
from the push-off line toward the triangle. Players can push another
player's cap off the triangle and the winner
is the person who reaches 200 points first.
- Animate a stick figure: Find a pad of paper or a post-it pack.
Start in one corner of the page and draw a stick figure. Lift up the
page and draw the same figure on the next page, but move an arm or leg
just slightly, and continue on each page of the pack. On each page,
you'll draw your stick figure just positioned a little differently.
When you flip the pages with your thumb, you'll have an animated stick
- Build an indoor “snow” fort: For some reason, kids love to
build forts. Give them some blankets to hang on the back of chairs,
couches and other items to hide underneath. Give each child a box or
bag of crumpled up newspaper “snow balls” and let them have an indoor
snow fight. Forts are great for playing house, or any number of
activities active imaginations can drum up.
- Find it in print: Gather some books, magazines and newspapers.
Have the kids go on a “Where's Waldo” type adventure, finding various
things in print that you call out, try: things that move, things that bark, animals that eat meat, something you find in a kitchen, things that breathe.
If you have any boredom cures you'd like to share, please do! I'm sure your fellow parents would appreciate any help they can get!
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