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What are your plans to keep your kids entertained for the week off from school?

What to do when it's cold outside so they don't climb the walls!


Asked by ILovemyPaulie at 12:31 PM on Dec. 21, 2012 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Hmmm, not really worried about this!
    They'll keep themselves entertained, I have no doubt.
    Besides, once you get through Christmas he should have plenty to keep occupied with.
    Playing in the snow is always a good option even if it's cold out.
    You could fold & cut paper snowflakes, set up for art/playdough play, bake, play an audiobook (check your library, or buy some as stocking stuffers/gifts; the "Little House" series read by Cherry Jones is really stellar for girls & boys.)
    If your child tends to be less self-directed & more dependent on attention & "being entertained," start the day by front loading with some focused face-time in which you give warm attention & focus on following the child's lead. Filling their emotional cups in this way can help build their resilience & independence. Then just connect as needed throughout the day.
    Mine has been home for 3 days (sick) so I've had all 3 here. They just sing & putter around.

    Answer by girlwithC at 1:35 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • Week? my kids are off for 2 weeks!

    I think I'll go noisily insane.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 1:12 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • We're going out to dinner and bowling tomorrow, Sunday they can play with the toys they get from their cousins and uncle, and then Monday we're baking cookies, watching movies, and playing games. After Tuesday I don't have any doubt that they'll have no problems occupying themselves with their new Christmas goodies. The years that they don't have anything going on for a week or more before Christmas have always been especially rough.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 2:55 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • We are making cookies for Santa tomorrow. Then a few busy days with Christmas, I'm sure they will be plenty entertained with their new stuff. We will be going to a monster truck show. Luckily I am in Texas so I can send them outside to play, it's usually not too cold.

    Answer by txnmomof4 at 12:34 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • Their dad is taking them Christmas morning through the evening of the 28th. I'll barely see them. :(

    Answer by 1smartcookie at 12:36 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • I have to work anyway so he'll switch off with Daddy on the days he doesn't work and Grandma the rest of the time.

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 12:39 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • The DGS will be helping to bake cookies and cook. He still wants those light outside but our December just flew by. He may get his wish or not lol.
    He has games to play and books to read and I feel pretty sure that we will have an excursion to the science center or something.

    Answer by Dardenella at 1:05 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • I still have a toddler but we do "school" at home and we're going to do christmas/new years crafts.

    Answer by jeffsgirl9 at 2:07 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • We live in FL, so cold isn't usually a problem, but we are having a bit of a cold snap. We'll be baking more Christmas cookies this weekend, watching movies (Christmas and otherwise), playing the Wii, and drinking hot chocolate.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 2:56 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • Mine have 2 full weeks off. We're spending a couple days at a waterpark resort with my family, and we'll be doing a lot of cleaning & purging the rest of the time. Cooking/baking. Reading. 2 girls are getting kindles & 1 is getting a 3DS so they'll probably spend time with those.

    Answer by idareyou at 5:02 PM on Dec. 21, 2012