Winter can be hard with little kids. I try hard to limit my kids’ TV time. But that can be challenging in the colder months.You can’t always play outside. And if your kids are like mine, they don’t last very long when they DO get to go out. They are back in wanting hot chocolate after about 20 minutes. I have decided to post some of the things we have done this winter.
This was a favorite!!! I can’t remember a time when we have laughed so hard! I mean gut aching, rolling on the floor, and tears in your eyes kind of laughing. Make sure to video this and then you can watch it on TV. That is a must since the kids can’t see themselves while doing it. Lip sync, put on a mini play, or just make funny faces.
* Make sure to use non-toxic WASHABLE markers, like Crayola. The faces washed off quickly. Just in time to run to Pack night for Scouts :) We used snow hats to cover their heads and a blanket to cover their bodies.
You can use anything you have on hand. We used a shoe box, food storage cans, toilet paper rolls, ribber bands, and a wrapping paper roll.
It took a wile to decorate and make the different instruments. That in and of itself was a fun activity! We kept it a secret from my husband and surprised him with a concert after dinner.
My oldest was on guitar, the other two played drums. My baby crawled around with the maraca we made out of a toilet paper roll covered in paper and filled with rice. He loved to shake it but mostly just chewed on it. I played a dollar store plastic recorder. I rocked. As my kids were leaving for school the next day, I heard my 6 year old say to my 9 year old “Lets have band practice after school!” Followed by an excited “Yeah!”
This is something I use to do as a kid. I LOVED it. Not only would I paint pictures in the snow, but when I built a snowman, he got a colorful makeover :) My boys love doing this every year too. I didn’t realize until after I took this picture, but one of the bottles is missing. The red was left inside. You can but these bottle for 97 cents at Wal-Mart or at any dollar store. Fill them with water ans some food coloring. Good cheap fun!
Sugar Cube Buildings
We did this project for family night the other night and it was a big hit. We decided to all build one big building instead of small ones of our own. I was in charge of squirting the hot glue on and the boys stacked it up.
This is what we made but I think it would be fun to make an igloo too. You don’t have to use hot glue. If you are worried about finger getting burned you can always use good ole’ Elmers.
The first time I learned about and used these crayons was at a church activity about 6 years ago. I LOVE them! They are cheap too. I bought under shirts. A pack of 5 for $6 something. First you color a picture on regular paper.
Then put another new paper under the shirt. Place the picture face down onto the shirt and iron it.
For more detailed instructions read the back of the crayon box. You can find these at craft stores or on Crayola’s website.
I will post more ideas soon!
The linky party is still open so scroll down to link up your projects :)