So here on Long Island, we are expecting 12-18 inches of snow tomorrow , so you know what that means, the kids are home from school and within a few hours the novelty of No School has worn off and now you hear, “I’m bored.” Often, Mom and Dad run out of ideas after, “build a snowman,” so here are some other ideas to make your day fun and memorable, both for you and your kids.
1. Make homemade playdough or finger paints (all recipes can be found online for this and all other projects)
2. Have an indoor picnic—if you have a fire, eat in front of the fire.
3. Bring a baby pool inside with snow to play and make snow castles
4. Play board games or card games
5. Feed the birds by putting peanut butter on a pine cone and then cover with birdseed.
6. Have the kids choose the dinner menu and have them help you make it
7. Play bath: my granddaughter loves to just go into the bathtub and play in there.
8. Look on YouTube for fun and easy science experiments
9. Finally, this is my favorite, make vision boards.
VISION Boards with Kids
Purpose: a vision board is used to visualize your goals and dreams, using old magazines, drawings, newspapers, etc.
· Cardboard or any paper that you can glue things to; poster board work well
· Glue (glue sticks work best)
· Old magazines or newspapers, even junk mail can be used.
1. Have the kids decide on what goals or dreams they have for themselves…a little like asking, “What do you want to be/do when you grow up?”
2. Then they can go to the magazines and cut out pictures and words that represent those goals.
3. If they can’t find those pictures, they can draw then and then paste the drawing on their vision board.
4. After they are done, they can present them to the family, explaining what each picture means. The family can then talk about how they can go about achieving that goal or dream. You will be surprised what you can learn about each other with this project.
5. Parents: don’t forget to do this along with them. Many adults use vision boards to conceptualize their own goals.