Today is way too cold to venture out, so I got to thinking about what indoor activities I could do with the kids to keep them (and me) from going crazy. Here are some easy ones that I came up with that could be made with household items.
Doll House or Castle. Using empty boxes, help your child make a doll house or castle. Imaginations, scissors, and markers are all you need. If you really want to be creative, use scraps of fabric, pipe cleaners, and tiny boxes (such as match or toothpick boxes) to make curtains, lamps, and furniture for the house.
Faux Stained Glass. Use up your broken crayon pieces by spreading out a sheet of wax paper and having the kids make crayon shavings on it using a pencil sharpener. When they are done, fold the wax paper in half and iron it on a low temperature. The kids can then make a frame for their creation out of construction paper. They can make it look like a butterfly or a stained glass window.
Themed collage. Have the kids create a collage using glue and pictures from a catalogue, magazine, or flyer. Give them a theme such as “favourite things”, “foods that are healthy”, “things that fly”, “things that are red”, or “what I would buy if I had a hundred dollars”.
Masks. Masks are a good way to change the mood. They can be made using large paper bags, paper plates, stiff paper, or paper mache. Feathers, glitter, sequins, ribbons, and beads can make the masks more interesting. The kids can even then put on a play wearing their masks, which will help the hours pass more quickly on a rainy or snowy day. If you don’t have supplies for mask making, face painting can also change the mood in the house and be used for make-believe.
Easy Shrinky Dinks. Use empty small size potato chip bags or regular size chocolate bar wrappers. Hole punch one hole near the corner and then place them on a baking sheet. Put them in the oven at 325 degrees, keeping an eye on them. They will shrivel and curl and then uncurl. Remove from the oven when they are at least halfway uncurled. Wait for them to cool. They can then be made into keychains, zipper pulls, or jewelry. Kids love this one!
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