We are heading into day three of a string of Polar Vortex no school days, and I thought it might be helpful to do a post of ideas for kids activities that are more fun than the Lord of the Flies shenanigans they seem to have planned. The novelty of movies has more than worn off, and they have serious cabin fever. I tried to pick things that don’t require a bunch of materials you might not have at home, because no one wants to go shopping in this weather..
1. Learn a dance from a YouTube Tutorial. The Waltz, Running Man, the Cabbage Patch, the Floss. It will keep them active, mind and body.
2. Homemade play dough. Use your real baking equipment and play bake shop.
3. Learn a new card game. Kings on the corner is a fun and easy one, or Crazy Eights.
4. Make ice luminaries. You might as well use the cold for something.
5. Bake a crazy cake. No eggs. No butter. No milk. By this point in the cold snap, my supplies are running low. A crazy cake, popular in the Great Depression, is part science experiment, party history lesson, part tasty snack. If you don’t have the ingredients for frosting, you can dust it with powdered sugar, or even leave it plain.
6. Do a drawing tutorial from YouTube. Serve hot chocolate and make it the kid equivalent of a wine and paint night.
7. Make a toy village from recyclables.
8. Armchair travel. Watch a travel documentary on a faraway location, and make some sort of food from that country. Tortillas from Mexico, curry from India, or pasta from Italy. Pick something that you have ingredients for on hand.
9. Write your own comic book. Make up a new superhero and tell his or her origin story.
10. Build a fort. This is classic snow day fun for a reason. It’s cheap, easy and hours of fun.
From one stuck parent to another, may the odds be ever in your favour