As the weather cools down, we’ll inevitably start spending days stuck inside. Even if you live in a snowy place, you probably don’t spend as much time outside as you would in the summer. Instead of putting up with “I’m booooored” or sending them to their video games, here are some boredom busters that are perfect for winter days.
1. Make paper snowflakes. These are fun because they’re super easy for little kids but they look like intricate pieces of art work. Fold a piece of paper a few times and start making patterned cuts wherever you like.
2. Have an indoor picnic. Bring the outside inside! Pack a lunch, lay down a blanket, and enjoy your midday meal on the floor of your living room. It’s a nice break from the routine.
3. Make lists. With the holidays coming up, you’ll need to get yourself organized. Use this opportunity to get your kids inputs on what they would like for the holidays. You could also come up with decorating plans for the house, and put together a list of gifts for other people.
4. Act out a favorite movie. Kids these days have their favorite movies (Disney and all that) that they watch over and over. Instead of popping in Finding Nemo for the hundredth time, act it out instead. Make some simple costumes from around the house and go through it scene by scene.
5. Play a board game. Some board games are great about soaking up a lot of time if you play them right. Plus every family has a shelf full of board games that never seem to make it out of the closet.
6. Write a handwritten letter. No one writes letters by hand anymore, so you and your kids can surprise grandma and grandpa (or anyone else) with a personalized letter. If your kids are too young to write (this is a good opportunity to practice), have them dictate and record their thoughts exactly.
7. Explore with a magnifying glass. You’ll never know what you’ll find when you explore something really close. Take a magnifying glass around your home and examine everything; your carpet, furniture, food, and toys. It’s a great lesson on the importance of discovery.
8. Cook something together. Cooking a meal as a group has a way of bringing people together. Plan your next meal, shop if you need to, and then work on it as a team. Everyone should be responsible for a part of the meal (their own dish or side) so they feel accomplished.
9. Create a family newsletter. No one really does this anymore, so your family and friends will be surprised when they receive it! Write a few articles (short) on what your family has been up to for the last year, including any changes that have taken place (like a new baby, a move, or new school) and personal messages from each person. Make copies and send them out!
Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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