Solutions for Winter Break Blues

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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
    bowling blindfolded.
  • 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
    figure!
  • 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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  1. by Baby Blankets

    On December 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    My son is so ready to go back to pre-school (and I hate to admit this, but mommy is ready for him to go back too!) Though he received some wonderful Christmas gifts, there are still those times where I feel like I need some good ideas to keep things fresh…so I thank you for some of your great ideas on how to keep the little ones busy!

  2. by Melly

    On December 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    The ultimate cure for boredom:
    Reading ghost stories out loud! So fun. Just keep them age appropriate.

  3. by Candace

    On December 31, 2008 at 8:35 am

    We just posted a free downloadable game board & instructions for the game “Don’t Eat Pete!” It’s really simple & fun for kids of all ages.
    http://candacetodd.blogspot.com/2008/12/dont-eat-pete-free-download.html

  4. by beth

    On December 31, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Our all-time boredom buster/giggle producer is an indoor snowball fight. Open a huge bag of large cotton balls and have at it. You can throw them really hard at each other and nobody gets hurt and nothing gets broken.

  5. by Stella

    On December 31, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Let them be bored and find something to do on their own! Kids don’t need to have their lives scheduled and programmed all the time by adults, and it’s not too much to expect them to entertain themselves during a school break.