Fun indoor kid-friendly activities to cure the snowy weather blues…
1. If you can’t stand the cold, get in the kitchen! Try some kid-friendly recipes that will allow your children to help out and that your whole family will enjoy. Getting kids involved in the kitchen isn’t only great for bonding, but it teaches them creativity as well. You can even throw in a few math or colors and shapes lessons, depending on the child’s age. Here is a fun and easy recipe to get you started.
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 15-ounce can of chickpeas
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 pieces of whole wheat pita bread
Have your kids count out the needed amounts of the garlic and pita bread.
What you will need:
- Food processor
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rubber spatula
- Small bowl
Have your kids go on a kitchen “treasure hunt” to find the measuring cups/spoons, the spatula, the small bowl and the knife.
- Grind the garlic cloves in the food processor. (adults only)
- Add the chickpeas and yogurt to the food processor bowl and blend until a smooth puree forms. Occasionally stop the food processor and scrape the sides of the bowl with the spatula. (adults only)
- Use the spatula to scrape the hummus into the small bowl. (kids can help!)
- Stir in the lemon juice, cumin, and salt. (kids can help, just watch your eyes!)
- Cut each piece of pita bread into fourths (adults only, but be sure to incorporate this into a math lesson!)
- Serve the bowl of hummus with a plate of pita wedges for dipping. (Finally, something you can both enjoy!)
I found this recipe in a cute gift that my daughter was given for Christmas, My A to Z Recipe Box by Hilary Shevlin Karmilowicz. It’s loaded with lot’s of other kid-friendly recipes from pretzels to pastas!
2. Play Dress Up! You’ve been meaning to throw out those Hypercolor shirts you saved from the 80’s for a while now. Why not incorporate a big dress up play date with a little early Spring cleaning? Go through your stowed away summer clothing boxes and have your kids help you decide what stays and what goes! Little girls will get a kick out of trying on “mommy’s” Hawaiian print sarongs and bedazzled white purses, while you will get a kick out of seeing how outdated these things really are! Little boys can be the “Simon Cowells” of this catwalk disaster…telling you exactly how “utterly ridiculous” he thinks your red, white and blue espadrilles look!
3. She’s crafty! I just saw this great Valentine’s Day Heart Scarf craft on the Martha Stewart web site and thought it was the cutest idea! Not only do you walk away with a fabulously festive piece of clothing, but you get to upcyle your old clothes as well. We all know how quickly children outgrow their clothing, especially the seasonal stuff, so check out this Martha Stewart Video and get started! You can even make matching one’s for you and your little girl. They make really cute gifts too!
4. Flashcards are fun! Especially when they are free, lol. Here is a fun idea that will not only teach your toddlers their ABC’s and recognition while making them, but they will be a great learning tool for years to come.
What you need:
- Heavy card-stock or construction paper
- Glue (Elmer’s school glue should work fine, depending on the objects you find)
- Hole Puncher
- Various small objects, one for each letter of the alphabet
- Cut out 26 4″x6″ rectangles from the card-stock or paper. The more colors the better! Punch a small hole in the top left corner of each rectangle.
- Glue one item onto each 4″x6″ rectangle, leaving room to write the letters somewhere on the page. Set aside until all the pieces are dry.
- Have your child tell you what each object is and what letter they think the word starts with. For younger kids, they will obviously need help by having you sound out the words and letters. Write each letter on the correct card as you go along.
- Once you’ve finished “discovering” the ABC’s together, you can tie the cards together in order with the yarn. Now you have a set of handmade flashcards that you can always use in the future. Your children will be proud that they took part in making them as well.
Need ideas for ABC Flashcard objects? Here are some suggestions, but if you can’t find all 26 items, you can always have your children draw on the card with a coordinating picture or use a sticker with a familiar object. (In my house, using a Dora sticker for “D” was a must!)
Paper Clips, Buttons, Shells, Washers, Matches, Coins, Shoelaces, Raisins, Macaroni, Sticks, Leaves, Keys, Zippers, Rice, Yarn, Thread, Band aids, Erasers, Cotton Balls, Q-Tips, Playing Cards, Beads, Walnut Shells, Lace, Jewelry, Glitter, Soda Caps, Key chains, Product Labels, Scrap Booking pieces and more!
5. Go Chore Crazy! Ok, so if all else fails and you still need more ideas, how about cleaning? Toddlers love to “help out”! Assign chores, but in a fun way, and enjoy a clean house and quiet kids for a few hours. Toddlers can clean and sort toys, help fold towels for the linen closet and even assist while you clean out the fridge or a junk drawer. Turn up the radio, I suggest Laurie Berkners “I’m a Mess” and “Clean it up”, and dance your way to a clean home.
Have any other ideas you’d like to share? Let us know!
Posted by Nicole Ibarrondo, former editor here at Mom Fuse