Things are crazy in our household this time of year, mainly because we’re all stuck inside with the weather what it is.  So, I’ve been looking for a few activities to add to my “collection” to break up the monotony (and the sibling fights).

  1. Picnics Aren’t Just For Summer!  Pull out a blanket and spread out on the floor.  We do the entire picnic fare: hot dogs, chips, raw veggies, bottled water, and my homemade brownies for dessert.  Sometimes we’ll invite our neighbor kids over to join us, and other times we’ll have a whole congregation of stuffed animals to keep us company at our picnic. 
  2. Strike Up The Band!  I’m not usually one for loud noise in the house, but “happy” noise is much more tolerable than “cranky” noise!  Pull out the (gasp) pots, lids and spoons for a percussion section, and create some of your own instruments as well.  Take a paper towel roll and use as a horn (or put waxed paper on one end and set with a rubber band for a kazoo), string large rubber bands around an open shoe box for a string instrument, and show your child how to blow across an empty soda or water bottle for a “flute”.  Put on a fun musical CD and create a parade!
  3. No-Snow?  No Problem!  My kids don’t get the chance to see “real” snow, so we make our own snowtime fun indoors.  On laundry day, roll all the socks into balls and divvy them up.  Find your “hideout” and let the snowball fight begin!  We love to use our couch and a chair as our “stations”.  The socks are soft and won’t hurt, and the boys have so much fun, trying to land one on Mom!

The important thing for me to remember during times we need to stay indoors is to be safe and have fun.  The pillows can be put away later, the sheets can be refolded, but times like these need to be enjoyed with my boys.