Oh the weather outside is frightful, and the kids are so delightful...Actually, they're ready to come out of their skin with excitement... Because it's winter, and SNOW is outside!
Sadly, as both parents are down with a bug, outdoor play is unlikely. So this month's edition of reclaimed crafts focuses on winter projects the kids can do, hopefully without that trip to the store.
After we get through the hustle of the Christmas holidays, it seems like we're all in the mood for a big cleanse. Rip down the decorations. Purge our extra belongings. So "winter decorations" don't just appear too often, either in home decor or in children's activities beyond making cut-out snowflakes. Yawn.
So here are a few quick, seasonal ideas for those of us stuck inside:
The Magic Onions has directions for making bird feeders, something that can easily be done with cookie cutters and leftover ribbon from the holidays.
Or you can take a simpler path and just do as we did: take pine cones, "paint" them with peanut butter, and roll them in a mix of leftover sunflower seeds, raisins and nuts. The birds of course, ate them up in no time!
My kindergartener has been learning about "King Martin," as she called him, this week in school. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, we checked out part of his "I have a dream speech" (which really helps bring that historical figure to life). We've also been checking out education.com, my new favorite go-to place for activities for the kids (it covers a broad range of topics from preschool through high school).
If my ears and sanity will cooperate this weekend, we might even try making this African Djembe drum I found at education.com. (OK, we would have to make two for parity.) Looking at the instructions, you could likely scrounge up materials and eliminate the twine (used mostly for decorations and to cover glue lines) and stick to the small terra cotta pot, plastic lid and container, and beans.
As for my family, I'm sure they're tired of asking me to make snowmen (and being denied) when:
1) the snow is not the right consistency
2) temperatures are now safe
3) mom or dad are not sick.
I think we'll have to settle for an indoor version like the one at Roots of Simplicity, which offers directions for makeshift indoor snowmen stuffed with plastic bags or sheets.
What are your favorite ways to creatively entertain your children indoors?
Wishing you all wellness this winter,
Robbie @ Going Green Mama