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Yes, winter days stuck inside can seem endless, especially when you have kids with pent up energy. When it is just too cold to go outside and play, parents and caretakers must get inventive to keep the munchkins entertained. Here are 10 ways to help the kiddos spend their boundless energy. Do you have any of your own ways to get the kids to wear themselves out while stuck inside?
10 Ways to Chill Your Child Out While Stuck Inside
Are you sick of being all cooped up during the cold winter months? Or maybe you’ve had too many rainy days in a row and the kids are going crazy. Well, here are some ideas to get all that little kid energy OUT of them while keeping them IN the house.
- Hallway Hopscotch: Get that extra energy out of your little ones with some hopscotch in your hallway or anywhere else you have room! Use some duct tape, electrical tape, or anything else you have that will remove easily from your type of flooring and make a hopscotch. They will be sure to jump until they are tired.
- Streamer Obstacle Course: Have left over streamers from all those birthday parties??? Use some blue tack/sticky tack that removes easily from the walls without any damage and turn those streamers into an obstacle course for your kids. It will keep them busy and you can always add more if they break a piece. After all, what else are you going to do with all that leftover party stuff???
- Skating: That’s right. Strap some skates on their feet and let them go for it! Doesn’t matter if it’s carpet or hard floors, just let them try it. It will keep them busy, having fun, and burning energy so they don’t make you crazy!
- Arts and Crafts: If you haven’t already done it…do it! Keep all of your paper towel rolls, paper plates, plastic cups, toilet paper rolls, etc. Anything new will be of interest and will, therefore, make it fun! You can make anything, no matter how simple or complex it is. As long as it is new, it’s a winner!
- Build a Fort: Go old school and build a fort out of anything you have around the house. Use sheets, blankets, boxes, pillows, etc. Just build a fort for the fun of it and your little ones are sure to keep busy.
- Felt Decorating: Get some fabric from your local fabric store, felt works best because it sticks to itself. Make ANYTHING! A snowman, a Christmas tree, a penguin, a house, a person, etc. Then, make the accessories to go with it. Make all the snowman’s or person’s eyes, noses, clothing, etc. Make all the decorations for the tree. Make all the faces and some fun outfits for the penguin. It doesn’t matter what it is, make it, make some accessories, and then let your children decorate it over and over again! You can pin it on the wall or just lay it on the floor.
- Hide N Seek Toys: Okay, so this is a cross between a scavenger hunt and hide-n-seek. If your child is old enough for a scavenger hunt, by all means, go for it! If your child is not, like mine is not, then this is great! We have a ton of rubber ducks and a ton of Little People. I hide them while my child stays in the other room. Then she takes a bucket or bowl and finds them all. We do this over and over again. We have even used the little craft fuzz balls that she glues onto her projects as things to find. It doesn’t matter what you use, just that you have enough of them to hide. We don’t usually do prizes, but if we do, it’s simple like a fruit snack, a couple pretzels, etc. This way, we keep busy and snack healthy!
- Bake: I know, I know. You are probably thinking you are not a great baker or it’s too much work. Or maybe neither. Maybe you are thinking this is great! IT doesn’t matter. IT keeps them busy! Make some chocolate chip cookies, but make sure you have sprinkles so your child can decorate. Make cupcakes, but have stuff to decorate. The key is…HAVE STUFF TO DECORATE WITH! This is the part that keeps them busy, no matter what your creation looks or tastes like.
- Cook: No, this is not the same as baking. Cook something! Make lunch or dinner and let your little one help. Pick something easy like rolling the crescent rolls and putting them on the pan or mixing ingredients. We make all kinds of salads…taco salad, potato salad, cucumber salad, dinner salad, etc. Anything your child can put ingredients into or mix up is a win.
- Art for their Toys: That’s right! You did not read that wrong. Make some art FOR your child’s toys! Anything at all will work. Keep it simple. We have used everything including construction paper, toilet paper rolls, cardboard inserts from calendars or other items, boxes from shipping, boxes from diapers, and so on and so on. We get creative and make things for the dolls, the little people, the cars, the ponies. It doesn’t have to be amazing, it just has to be made by them and they will love it! Sometimes I make something small and my little one decorates it with crayons and sticker. This is still a win! Just make anything and let them decide what it is if you can’t. Trust me, they will.
Hopefully this will help you burn off at least some of that energy your kids are stuck with now that the long summer hours are gone. I know it’s worked for me, and I hope it can work for you too!
Crystal is a mother, wife, animal lover, and detailed cleaner. She loves gardening, wine, silly picture socks, and dressing in themed costumes for Halloween with the whole family. Connect with her on the Top of the Fridge Cleaning Facebook page!