Between the snow and the bitter, sub-zero cold, you’ve been locked inside with your kiddo—or kiddos—for three or four days now. You’re running out of ideas. And sanity.
Check out this list for ways to spark a good time for both you and your little ones.
26+ Ways to Beat Boredom:
Take a bowling trip in your hallway
Get some old button-up shirts and start finger-painting
Turn on the radio and have a dance party, invent dances for odd animals
Go skating in your socks
Play educational apps, like these great games by Toca Boca.
Reuse the cardboard tube inside wrapping paper for mock sword-fighting
Make some colorful ice cubes with food dye then have a drink
Pretend your attic is an exotic destination and go exploring
Have a dress-up movie marathon, putting on costumes like the characters
Try a unique baking project, like Nazook, a sweet walnut rolled pastry
Fold printer paper in half and staple. Make 10 books and tell your kids to start their own library
Practice making snow angels inside if it’s too cold to go out
Turn off your real oven and use your imaginary one for some Play Doh apple pies
Blow bubbles …outside if you’re brave (and bundled up)
Make an inside sandbox with a 20-lb bag of rice and cheap dry beans into a box or a tub
Build a robot out of cardboard, tape and glue – paint if you feel fancy
Record your kid telling a story, transcribe and show her how to edit out the umms and ahhs
Planning to paint a wall? Sketch scenes and let him color with crayons. You can prime and paint it later
Start your own foam party, playing in the bathtub with shaving cream
Create a puppet parade with socks and paper bags
Paint your faces with this homemade paint
Craft your own postcards then write and address them to friends and family
Make a mess and then play “Let’s put everything back into the drawers!”
Unleash your little artist with watercolors and paper--throw in Hot Wheels cars for a new experience
Fill pots with small stuff, place the lids on top and make lots of noise
STILL need more ideas?