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How to Overcome the Winter Blues
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Many of us are hoping that winter is done rearing its ugly head, and that spring time weather will come sooner rather than later. While we can certainly cross our fingers, we also know that Mother Nature has a mind of her own. With winter weather, comes school cancellations and being stuck inside for hours (sometimes days) on end. For all of you parents out there, how do you handle snow days? Send the kiddos outside all day? Stick them in front of the TV? Work on homework? Or have you pulled out all of your hair because you didn’t know what in the heck to do with them? Here are some (hopefully) helpful tips and ideas to get through those winter blues and cooped up days in the house!
Keep a routine. Easier said than done, but it should help alleviate some of the chaos.
Learn about winter weather by reading. Popular winter books for little ones include:
Polar Bear, Polar Bear (Bill Martin, Jr.)
The Mitten (Jan Brett)
The Biggest Snowman Ever (Steven Kroll)
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow (Lucille Colandro)
Snowmen At Night (Caralyn Buehner)
After reading a story, make a craft or print a coloring page.
Make a paper snowman using different shapes and numbers of items
Paint the snow
Make snowflakes out of marshmallows or white computer paper
Glue cotton balls on the outside of an open container, and make an igloo
Make handprint cardinals
Paint hands red and stamp them on paper sideways. The fingers are the feathers and put a beak and eyes on the opposite end.
Make footprint penguins
Paint the toes and outer edges of the foot black. Then paint the ball and arch of the food white. Stamp it on paper. The heel will be its head.
Make snow ice cream (provided there is snow of course!)
Mix together 4 cups of snow, 1 cup of milk, ¼ cup of sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla
Build a fort (inside or outside)
Freeze small toys, figurines, or plastic animals in ice cube tray or bowl. Once frozen, use items from the kitchen to see what makes it melt faster (i.e. sugar, salt, warm water, cold water, etc.).
Make your own games to play
Paper Plate Ring Toss
Draw pictures on index cards and use them to play go-fish or memory
Make up a scavenger hunt
Have “snow ball” (cotton ball) races by carrying them in a spoon
Make a snowstorm in a jar
Fill a jar (3/4 of the way), with baby oil
In a separate bowl, mix together very warm water and white paint
Once mixed, pour the white water into the jar
Add some glitter
Drop in an alka seltzer tab and watch the storm!
Find a kid friendly recipe and bake or have them help make lunch
Build a mini snowman using potato head face pieces (This could be done inside, too!)
Taste test hot chocolate by adding different flavors you may have in the cupboard or fridge (vanilla, almond, caramel, mint, etc.)
Make a snow volcano
Bury a cup (right side up) in the snow, leaving the top open, and no snow inside (should look like a volcano)
Pour some baking soda and food coloring inside of the cup