When the seasons change and holiday chaos starts to creep in, it's always tempting for parents and caregivers to hunker down indoors with the kids until winter passes. To curb the urge to be reclusive and inactive, here's a checklist of children's winter activities from babysitting expert Genevieve Thiers, founder and CEO of Sittercity.com. Give this list to the sitter or nanny in your Momtourage so she can keep the kids moving, both indoors and out, during the winder months.
ACTIVITY #1: Paper Plate Snowmen
• Paper plates (2 per child)
• Colored construction paper
• Yarn or ribbon
• Crayons, markers, paint, etc.
• Hole punch
• Glitter (optional)
What to Do:
Cut one paper plate where the ridges begin so you have one smaller plate and one large, intact one. Punch a hole at the bottom of the small plate and at the top of the large one. Use yarn or ribbon to tie the plates together so they form a snowman shape. Use the construction paper to create hats, shoes, gloves, buttons and and any other clothing you'd like, and glue them to the snowman. You can use glitter as a finishing touch. Don't be afraid to get creative!
ACTIVITY #2: Indoor Ice Fishing
• 2 bed sheets, preferably blue
• String or yarn
• 1 twig per child
• Paper, crayons, markers and/or paint to create the fish
What to Do:
Have the children cut, color and create their own sea creatures out of paper (fish, starfish, jellyfish). Attach a clothespin to one end of a piece of string. Tie or glue the other end to a twig to complete the fishing pole. Hang the two bed sheets from the ceiling. Stand on one side while the children remain on the other, sticking their poles between the sheets. Clip the paper fish to the children's poles and tug on the string so they know when they've got a catch! Winter Twist: To go ice fishing outdoors, hang the bed sheets from a playground jungle gym or hide behind bushes or large boxes.