Cold! Frigid! Freezing! No matter how you put it, if you live in the Midwest, you can probably add more words to this list. If you live in the Midwest, you are probably thinking are we EVER going to make it out of this cold weather funk! As I look at the forecast, I feel there is no end in sight and if I believe the groundhog six weeks of winter are here to stay.
So….What can you do with your child or families to beat this weather?!
- Family Game/Movie Night
- Create a bowling alley in your home. Get the whole family involved encouraging children to create the pins. Children can decorate paper towel tubes, milk jugs, or pop bottles.
- Create an obstacle course in your house. Children can help set it up and the children can practice running, jumping, climbing over, under, tiptoeing or walking heel to toe.
- Visit the local store’s craft department. Many local stores have picture frames, puzzles, wooden blocks, trinkets that can be painted and given as gifts.
- Cook/Bake! Bake a batch of cookies and take it to the local police and fire department. Make pizza for dinner that evening.
- Take up a hobby!
- Bring the winter weather in! Put snow in your tub. Put younger children in snow pants and put them in. Older children can build just bending in the tub.
- Become crafty with materials in your home! Use a highlighter to find letters or words in old newspapers. Cut up old magazines, papers, and find materials around the house to make collages.
- In your area or neighboring areas visit the library, museum, or discovery centers!
- Make play dough.
No-Cook Play Clay
¼ cup salt
1 cup flour
¼ cup water
Mix the salt and flour in a bowl. Add water and food coloring. Knead dough to make a clay consistency. Note: This dough doesn’t last as long as the cooked recipe.
Oatmeal Play Dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 cups oatmeal
Mix everything together in a large bowl. Then knead for a few minutes. This play dough has a nice lumpy texture.
Homemade Silly Putty
2 cups white school glue
1 cup liquid starch
Mix together and set aside until dry. Store in an airtight container.
Long Lasting Play dough
Gathering Materials from kitchen: pitcher, spoon, measuring cups, tablespoon, teaspoon
2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
4 tablespoon oil
Mix and cook
What are your favorite things to do during the Winter Season?