Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Snow Day Activities

Well, have you reached the end of your patience for snow days? We've had so many of them this year! Being a homeschooler, they really *shouldn't* affect me much, but just knowing that the public schools have the day off, does something to my motivation.

And you all know that snow makes kids go crazy, right? (And if you didn't before, you do by now!)

So, here is a list I put together of some 'fun' activities that my kids don't get to every day. Maybe they're a little messy, or take a bit more of your time than you're usually willing to give up. But maybe you're in a place where you're willing to sacrifice a little to keep the kids happy and occupied. *smile*

  • Puzzles
  • Play-doh
  • Obstacle Course (set up 'cones' to run around, chairs/benches to climb over, cushions to jump on, etc.)
  • Board Games
  • Card Games
  • Memory (I hate picking up all those little cards afterwards, so this one doesn't come out often)
  • Lacing cards/shapes for little ones
  • Block Party--go on a hunt all through the house to find all those lost blocks. Then bring them all to the living room and built a giant city/fort/tower together!
  • Boxes--my little kids love to play with boxes. If you have any that are big enough to sit/stand in, you've got instant cars, trains, houses, or whatever else your kids imagine.
  • Tents--set up a real one, or drape blankets over chairs
  • Legos
  • Tea Party
  • Wii Sports Tournament (maybe video games are a cop-out, but when you pit the whole family against each other in a tournament, it gets pretty interesting!)
  • Cut & Paste pictures/collages
  • Paint pictures
  • Play/Puppet Show--some kids are born for this kind of thing :)
  • Science Experiments
Or, if it's the end of the day and you just don't have the energy for any of the above, just sit on the couch and start reading aloud. I bet it won't be long before you're surrounded by quiet kids. :)

1 comment:

  1. I saw that reading scene one day. It was adorable. I think you were helping one of the boys work on his reading. They were mesmerized.