There is a direct correlation between cold weather and the phrase, “Mommy, I’m bored!” I actually believe it’s good for kids to be bored once in a while. After all, boredom births creativity! However, hearing about it over and over again is enough to make me lose my sanity! The following list of cold weather sanity savers might just be more for us parents than the kiddos!
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Contact Paper Collages
Tape a square of clear contact paper to the window (sticky side facing you). Invite your child to practice patterns or create scenes with craft buttons, clear tiles, pom poms, and anything else that will stick. My children love this activity!
Magnets simply fascinate my children. Magformers are awesome and hold my boys’ attention for quite a while!
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Sensory bins are containers filled with objects that children can feel and interact with. We have a sticky sand bin, a rice and beans bin, a bird seed bin, and a kinetic sand bin that are rotated on a weekly basis. Mini construction vehicles, marble run pieces, ice-cream scoops, funnels, and measuring cups are just a few of the “accessories” that keep the bins fresh and exciting.
Manipulatives kids can count and play with, like plastic links, keep little hands and minds occupied.
How do you keep your kids busy on cold days?