Smarter Family: Winter Break Activities to Keep Them Busy
It's the day after...how is the state of your home today? Piles of presents still scattered about the living room? Are your kids still playing with the toys and games they got from Santa? We all joke about how we get our kids presents at holiday time and they play with them for a matter of hours...and then say they are bored. It's funny because it is true. Well, semi-true.
The thing is, no matter how many new toys were under that tree, we still have over a week left in Winter Break. No school plus possible weather conditions that prohibit getting out and about equals everyone in the abode heading to Stir-Crazy Town. Need a few new ideas on what to do to avoid another mishap like last winter, when the bathroom wall somehow became orange-and-pink-striped and the dog was dressed up like Groucho Marx complete with mustache? Consider the following suggestions a belated Xmas present from yours truly!
-- Make an obstacle course. Get those cushions off of the couch, arrange Tupperware as cones, use whatever is at hand and have a bit of family obstacle course fun. Go one by one as someone times each competitor or see if Cuddles the Hamster can do it...no matter what your rules are, just enjoy some indoor adrenaline-boosting races.
-- Create ornaments for next year. We talked a few weeks ago about cool ornaments the kids can make -- with all of the festive fixings still around, get started on decorations for next year!
-- Learn a new game. Always wanted to play Chess? What about Risk? Maybe your gang hasn't attempted Monopoly yet. Whatever it is, stay in your pjs all day and have a new game marathon. Texas Hold' Em anyone?
-- Make the biggest fort ever. Grab the blankets and ties and go to town in the dining room. Work as a family to make the biggest fort you ever have...and maybe have a sleepover there? Bonus points if you can see the TV for movie night ala fort!
-- Reading Challenge. Start a chart and see who can read for the most minutes over the next week. Snuggled up and exploring new tales on a chilly day? Priceless.
What activities do you have planned for the winter break?