Winter Sanity Savers

It’s the middle of February, and it’s too cold, or too rainy, or just too dreary for the kids to go outside and play. And you ran out of creative activity ideas to keep them occupied sometime in mid-January. But you don’t have to resign yourself to popping in that video for the 37th time (although it’s tempting). Below are some proven suggestions for keeping kids happy and occupied that are low on effort and expense, but high on entertainment and education.

Odds and Ends Add Up to Fun
“When I was little, my mom used to have a craft bag that she always brought out on rainy days. It had little pieces of yarn and ribbon, buttons, pasta, you name it. It was so much fun to go rummaging in there and create something. And even with all the toys my children have, they always get excited when I take out our craft bag!”
~ Jean, New York

Easy As A-B-C
“A good activity idea is each week, pick a letter of the alphabet. Then for that whole week you do things and eat things beginning with that letter. Examples are: A--apples, asparagus, arranging things. B--baking breads, making butter, brownies. C--color, cookies, creative work. D--dig, draw, dance. It’s fun and educational!”
~ Parent Soup member OBeauti

Simple, Homemade Science Experiments
“My son loves mixing ‘potions.’ Every morning he saves some milk from the cereal bowl and some orange juice from his cup and mixes them with the water sitting in a bowl in the sink. One day I gave him four small containers filled with water and two drops of four different food colorings. I also provided four empty containers, an eye dropper and a spoon. He mixed potions to his heart's content. It's easy to set up and it's not very messy. It keeps him glued to his seat for at least an hour!”

~ Wendy, Ohio

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