As I am adjusting to life where it gets cold enough to comfortably wear a sweater, mother nature is playing a cruel trick on me. In the days to come we are going to experience some of the coldest weather to drift across the Georgia mountains, in the last 40 years.
I didn’t sign up for that when we closed on the house a few months ago.
Since I have no intention of going outside when the temperatures are below zero I have begun planning how we will play inside, when we have finished the chore of putting away the Christmas decorations.
Whether you are grandma, big brother, mom or dad, if you are stuck inside with your children as this cold front moves across our country, you are going to want some activities to avoid the inevitable cabin fever.
I’ve scoured the web and came up with a list of science experiments, learning activities, crafts and online fun, for you to enjoy as you pass the time together.
1. Pool Noodle Pom Pom – Did you put one of these away after summer last year? Pull it out and let your kids fire away…they cannot break anything in the house with a pom pom.
2. Ice Sun Cachers – These are so pretty and I cannot wait to use my creative juices and make one. I think I will use natural materials.
3. Dancing Raisins Experiment – This will be learning disguised as fun…and before you know it they will be trying to float everything that fits in the cup.
4. Plastic Canvas and Pipe Cleaners – This reusable craft will keep small hands busy and for the older children use yarn and make some real plastic canvas crafts. Link to free traditional plastic canvas patterns.
5. Button Valentine Card – If you like to be prepared and ahead of the holidays try making one of these cards with your children.
6. 70 Lego Learning Activities – If you have small children this is a great link. I would suggest following Living Montessori Now…it is a thorough resource for learning and teaching in the montessori style.
7. Marbled Milk Paper – This cool project is definitely one for kids and adults alike. When you are finished making your paper save it for a distinctive and original Mother’s Day or Valentine Card.
8. Paper Helicopter – I am convinced that these would be hours of fun…and if you have cats they will join in on the excitement, too.
9. Winter Bingo – All you need is a printer and paper for the whole family to enjoy this classic.
10. Candy Cane Experiment – Do you have some of these candies hanging around? Submerge them in multiple substances and record the results.
11. Baking Soda Experiment – Learning with a household staple.
12. Valentine Crafts for Older Kids – There are plenty of crafts for younger kids to express their love…these however are for kids ten years and up.
13. Playing with and Making Colored Rice – When I discovered colored rice my kids were too old to enjoy it. Here are ten ways to play with colored rice.
14. Glowing Shaving Cream – Need I say more? You might want to get some more for Dad to actually shave with…his supply could be depleted with this project.
Websites to Explore for Fun and Learning:
Kids Zone – Colonial Williamsburg
Web Ranger – US National Park Service website for many of our parks.
Smithsonian Zoo – Meet the Animals with Live Cams and Photos
National Geographic “Remembering Pearl Harbor” – For jr/sr high age children
Utz Potato Chip Factory Tour – You’ll be craving a chip after taking this virtual field trip.