Keeping the kids active in the cold weather | E-Neighborhood Advisor
We welcome winter. It brings the holidays and sweater weather. We snuggle under blankets on the couch while we watch movies and drink hot chocolate. The first snowfalls are magical. By mid-January, though, the thrill is gone. The delight in new Christmas toys is just a memory, and everyone is DONE with the boots, hats, scarves, gloves, coats ritual that occurs every time you go outside. Cabin fever has set in, and the house is full of restless energy. So, what's the cure?
There are lots of fun ways to play in the snow: build a snowman, have a snowball fight, make snow angels. But have you every painted snow? Fill three or more clear squirt bottles almost full of water. Add four to five drops of food coloring to the bottles to make safe snow paint. Then let your petite Picasso’s unleash their creativity while using the snow as a canvas.
Take advantage of all of the indoor time to introduce your children to letter writing. Break out the construction paper and stickers and have them make a card or send a note to a distant family friend or relative. The kids will be toasty and the recipient will get a heartwarming gift.
Start your spring seedlings using old paper egg cartons. Cut off the lid and have the kids fill each cup with potting soil and plant some seeds. Once the seedlings sprout and the weather warms, cut each cup from the tray and plant it—cup and all.
Have a spa day. Take warm baths, use facial masques, paint little fingers and toes. Drink sparkling grape juice, turn off electronics, turn on music and relax. You’ll miss the opportunity to indulge in days like this when all of the summer busyness returns.