December 28, 2007 |
Winter can be a magical time for kids, especially after the first snowfall. Unfortunately, like a new toy, winter can lose its luster with many kids. And on top of that, come mid-January, sometimes it’s just too darn cold to go outside and play, anyway.
Here are some easy, yet fun activities that will keep your kids entertained all afternoon:
Build a fort. All you really need are some chairs (just take them from the dining room table), some big blankets and a flashlight. Once the fort is set up, the kids’ imaginations will kick right in. If it’s a weekend night, consider letting your kids “camp out” in the living room at night.
Fun in the kitchen. Have your kids help you make cookies. There are quick and easy, yet still yummy, recipes out there. Once the cookies come out of the oven, your kids will want to curl up on the couch with the tasty treats and glass of milk.
Curtain call. Encourage your kids to put on a play or a variety show. Give them access to your old clothes, accessories and even make up.
Make your own play dough. All you need is 1 cup of flour, 1 cup warm water, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon oil, ¼ cup salt and food coloring. Have your kids mix the ingredients. You’ll need to stir the mixture over medium heat until smooth and kneed it until it’s blended completely. Let it cool for about 15 minutes and your kids will be able to add food coloring and play with it for hours. Store it in a plastic bag or airtight container when it’s cooled – it will last for a long time.