Friday, January 3rd, 2014
It’s a snow day here in New York City…super-rare for us, I can only remember my 11-year-old daughter having school called off a few times in her life. My kids ran right out to play, but it being 18 degrees, they didn’t last long. Now they’re inside and we’re looking at a three-day weekend that’s sure to include a lot of indoor time.
Even if you’re not one of the 100 million people the weather forecasters say were hit by Hercules, you may still be out of creative things to do with your kids if they’re indoors this winter. Here’s a roundup of some of our best ideas!
Our 50 Ways to Play story, part of our October’s special creativity issue, includes short ideas to challenge your kids. Ask, “can you lie down and then get up without using your arms?” “If I blindfold you, will you know what food you’re tasting?” or “Can you play ‘mirror’ and mirror all of your brother or sister’s movements?” Click on the link for 47 more fun ideas!
Is your preschooler learning to write letters? We’ve got beginning handwriting videos that you can watch together. They’ll help you be more confident as you teach your child to write at home. May as well practice today…if not on paper, then maybe in shaving cream.
If you feel like making something in the kitchen, these melting-snowman cookies feel appropriate! You can use refrigerated cookie dough to get to the fun decorating part fast.
Stuck inside with a baby who is not yet ready to be a sous-chef? We also have these 11 Fun Activities for When Winter Weather Traps You Indoors, aimed at little ones who have already burned through their usual toys by noon.
Finally, before you take the tree down, you might make one last ornament. These polar bear ornaments are adorable and will remind you, when you pull them out next December, of these crazy snow days!
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Friday, February 11th, 2011
Snow days push back the end of many school years
From Evanston to Lincolnshire, several school districts this week delayed the final day of classes, retooled the end-of-year exam schedule and even pushed back the start of summer school. State law requires that school districts build 185 days into their calendars to ensure that students are actually seated, in class, for 176 days a school year. The added time typically includes five days to account for anything from snow-slicked roads to a broken boiler. But the blizzard’s impact went beyond school calendars. About a dozen school districts contacted the Illinois State Board of Education to request a delay in the state standardized tests that initially were slated to begin later this month. (Chicago Tribune)
Real cooties? Boys catch flu from boys, study says
If your 7-year-old son comes home from school with flu, he probably caught it from another boy rather than one of the girls, says new research that sheds light on how the flu virus spreads. Scientists researching the spread of H1N1 in an elementary school classroom found that boys typically transmit the infection to other boys and girls pass it on to girls. In fact, grade-school guys are three times more likely to spread flu to classmates of the same sex than the opposite sex, according to a recent study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (MSNBC)
Surgery in womb spares babies worst effects of spine defect
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A landmark study shows that an operation to fix a hole in the spine while the fetus is still in the womb leads to better outcomes for children with spina bifida. The operation showed such a clear benefit over waiting until the infant is born that the study was stopped early. Though spina bifida is usually diagnosed before birth, the operation is typically done days after delivery. Quick surgery can prevent further harm but cannot reverse the nerve damage that has already occurred. “There are significant risks,” said pediatric surgeon Dr. Diana Farmer of UC San Francisco. “So this procedure is not for everyone.” (MSNBC)
Thursday, February 15th, 2007
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I miss the good ole days when lots of snow meant staying home from school, watching movies, and drinking too many cups of hot chocolate. Now it means my commute to work stinks, I’m covered in slush, and there’s no chance of getting out of work simply because of wet weather. But a girl can dream, can’t she? I would have loved to spend snowy days in one of these tents from Lucy & Michael. This new Charlotte print is so fresh and funky. I’m a sucker for baroque patterns.