With winter in full force there are many areas affected heavily by snow. With conditions putting a halt on travel or outside play, you and your child may be at risk for Cabin Fever. Fear not! There are plenty of activities you can execute inside the warmth and comfort of your home with materials already laying around the house!
1. DIY Snow
If you can’t get to the snow – bring the snow inside! This easy to make recipe requires only two ingredients that you likely already have: 1/2 cup hair conditioner and 2 cups of baking soda. Mix together, adding more baking soda to reach desired texture, and voila! You have some soft and squishy snow your child will want to sink their hands into!
Nothing says “Nostalgic Winter Days” like grabbing every blanket and sheet in the house and building a fort! Use chairs, choices, shelves – any furniture you can – to build your structure. Throw in some pillows, grab your laptop or tablet, and snuggle up with your little one for a relaxing snow day.
Grab some masking tape and design a maze on the floor. Give your child a car and see if they can drive through the maze! (PS: Here is your chance to get some stuff done while they try to figure it out!)
Take some more of the masking tape and create a bulls-eye on the floor. Grab some balls and see who can roll theirs closest to the center.
5. Paper Airplane Race
I hope you have quite a bit of masking tape because here’s another idea you can use it for – tape down a long line and mark different scores along it (example: every foot place a number starting at 10). Make some paper airplanes and see who can fly theirs the furthest.
Use the bottom of a soda bottle to make snowflakes. Dip the bottom in paint then stamp onto a piece of paper. You can also use bright colors and create flowers.
7. Get Baking
There are some great 3-ingredient cookie recipes you can try with your kiddos:
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix together ingredients with beater or fork until it is smooth. Form dough into round balls, place at least 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and use a fork to flatten them. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until cookies are slightly brown on the bottom. Remove and let them cool.
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
1 cup quick cook oats
1/4 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine ingredients in a bowl and spoon the mixture onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are brown.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup melted butter
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Add melted butter to cake mix and mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Scoop onto parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.
Don’t let stormy weather get you down. There are always fun and easy activities you and your child can do to beat the winter blues!