It’s Presidents Day! Snow Day! Any thing else to keep the kids home. A Monday holiday can mean a day to sleep in, get chores done, or have screaming kids running around. The northeast saw a weekend blizzard which cancelled any plans on this side of the country, so everyone is feeling a bit cooped up.
Kids are easy to please. They can be entertained with only a box. The younger they are, the more fun they have with the least amount of work. After a little internet browsing, it was discovered that kids of any age can have a blast as an entire family when stuck in the house.
This list of activities was taken from “50 Activities To Do With Kids When They Are Off School.”, found at thecensiblelife.com. I took out a few of my favorites, especially pertaining to winter, but the full list can be found at the link.
Preschoolers and Under
- Make A Treasure Hunt
This is a fun way to engage the kids when running errands. For example, a trip to the grocery store can have them searching for their favorite foods.
- Cleaning Helper
Small children love to help around the house. Enjoy it while you can! “Vinegar and water mixed in a spray bottle is great for wiping down all kinds of surfaces, and safe for little ones.”, says thecensiblelife.com. “They may also get a kick out of doing things like polishing silver, dusting baseboards, and hunting for toys under the furniture.
Elementary Age to Middle School
- Introduce the Kids to Old School TV
I loved this one. With services like youtube making old shows available to anyone, show your kids what you liked to watch when you were their age.
- Board Games
This is a forgotten pastime, pushed out of the way by video games and texting. It bears some bringing back. It’s a great way to get everyone engaged and kills a few hours.
All Ages Fun–Even Beyond Middle School
- Cook Together
As a foodie, this is so important to me. I personally recommend taking a trip to the library and looking for some children’s cookbooks. I like the heavily photographed ones like DK. Pick out some recipes and make dinner together!
- Make Your Own Video
Everyone wants to be a star. With smartphones, camcorders are not hard to come by. Make a video of the kids performing a talent, or a how-to of their favorite hobby. If everyone’s okay with it, send it to relatives or friends. Not only will they get a chance to talk about themselves, but it can help build
some public speaking skills too!
See full list at thecensiblelife.com!