It has been your second straight week stuck in the house with a raging snow storm just outside your door. “Mom! I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” The kids start pacing the floor and fighting with one another. You see a potential disaster growing by the minute. How can you head off cabin fever chaos? When rain is pounding the windows, is there any hope of rescue?
Don’t worry. We have the solution. Look at our list of fun and exciting activities that will keep your little ones busy for hours. Some are messy and some are clean and simple. You will be amazed at the fun you will have right along with your children. Who says you have to give in to cabin fever? Fight winter angst with hours of discovery and imaginative activity.
Boredom Busters from one to five:
- Bring out at least six rolls of toilet paper. Let the kids throw it up in the air and let the paper flow! Take turns wrapping each other up in the paper. After a fun time of play, you will find a large toilet paper mountain to hide under and jump on. It might seem wasteful, but the paper can be easily recycled.
- At any large store, such as Wal-Mart or Target, you will find a bath tub section, near the baby isle. They sell soap crayons! Your children will never want to ever leave the tub, when you bring out these bad boys! Let your kids paint each other and paint the walls. They can write their names on the wall tiles and draw happy faces on their tummies. Clean-up is easy. Just wash it down the drain when the fun is over.
- Make a fort with glow sticker walls. Gather together all the blankets and sheets you can find. Put together tables, chairs and dressers to create hidden pathways. Cover everything with the sheets and blankets. Give your children glow in the dark star stickers and let them line the walls and ceiling of the fort. Flashlights will help the stickers glow their brightest. Your children will experience hours of imaginative play. They might even ask sleep all night in their homemade “castle”.
- Make a pie from scratch and let your kids “help”. Show them how to peel apples. Give them a stool and their own section of the counter. Let them roll out some dough on a floured surface. Give them small cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes to cover the top of the pie. Let them brush melted butter over the top of the pie and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over it all. They will be so proud of their part in making such a yummy dessert.
- Watch the Disney movie Cinderella. While they are watching, gather about ten pairs of shoes from the house. Hide one shoe from each pair. After the movie, tell the kids that they are going to be like Prince Charming and must find the missing shoes. You can write down some clues to help with the search. Inside each hidden shoe, hide a small toy or wrapped treat.
Who says that being stuck in the house has to be a bad thing? With a little creativity and planning, you can turn a potentially rough situation into a day filled with excitement and joy! Look on line for other great rainy day ideas. Write the ideas down on index cards and file in a small box in your kitchen labeled “Emergency Fun File”. You never know when you need an instant bail out.