tis the season for stir crazy kiddos. either it's too cold, windy, or rainy out or worse...the kids are sick AND the weather sucks. anyone knows that oftentimes when the kids are sick they are still mobile and extremely stir crazy. which makes parents crazy. at least it makes me crazy. enter my tried and true ways to bust boredom in the balls. i'm sharing them with you today, but also recording them for myself...so i can look them up and implement them instead of having a meltdown.
slightly messy, but worth it. store it on one of those "under the bed" storage containers. (found here)
fish for letters
fill the tub up and throw a bunch of those magnetic numbers or letters in it. have your kid fish the letters or numbers out with a kid fishing pole that has a paperclip attached to the end of the line. older kids can spell stuff out or practice math. younger ones can identify the numbers or letters.
this cheap stuff is your friend. in a tub, cover a toy in it and have your kid shoot water at it until they find their "prize". OR put some on baking sheet and let them add color with those water tubes that come with flowers. just dilute food coloring in some water. then let them go to town. very easy to clean up.
strip the kids to their underoos. cover the tub walls in paper and make some edible finger paint or just color some cool whip with food coloring. let them create a masterpiece. when they are done, remove the paper and start bath time. OR make your own bath paint by coloring shaving cream with food coloring and let them paint during bathtime.
fill a bowl up with uncooked rice and hide things like magnetic letters in it. have the kid dig around until they find all the treasures. give them some smaller containers and let them transfer the rice from container to container. keep it all contained on a large, rimmed baking sheet for easier clean up. (i used this one for all of hendrix's 2nd year so that i could get dinner made)
find some unbreakable container with a lid and preferably clear. cut a smaller hole in the lid. give your kid some pompoms and have them stuff the pompoms in the container. use different colors and sizes then have them practice colors and sizes. (this was also great when hendrix was about 1 1/2 - 2 1/2)
things can escalate quickly but it gets a lot of energy out. see here for how to.
make granola or animal cookies
easy recipes for kids to help with and they freeze for up to 3 months. granola recipe is here and animal cookie recipe is here.
clean up relay race
at my house, everything that is supposed to be upstairs is always (somehow) downstairs. so i get a tub and set it by the bottom of the stairs. i go through the downstairs and collect everything that needs to go back upstairs. while i do it i have hendrix RUN the items to the box. gets energy out. sometimes he falls, but he loves it.
tear off a big piece of kraft paper. draw roads and a town on it. give your kids some crayons and cars. have them add to the town and go for a drive.
what are your boredom busters? let's all share so that we have some arsenal this winter and upcoming rainy (hopefully!!) spring.