February in northern Indiana can be very cold. After an especially snowy and cold January, cabin fever can set in, making us long for spring and the chance to get outside to stretch our legs. If your little ones are suffering from cabin fever, keep their minds busy and their bodies active with some of these ideas!
This is a great activity for burning off some extra energy! Find a small cardboard box. Four or five inches square would be perfect. Write a list of physical activities (see examples below), cover your box with paper and write one activity on each side. Roll the box. Whichever activity you roll is what you need to do.
Activities could include:
- Do 5 jumping jacks
- Hop on one foot for 10 seconds (or create and play indoor hopscotch)
- Spin in a circle 3 times
- Do 6 sit ups
- Balance on one leg
- Close your eyes and try to touch your nose with your pinky finger
Don’t have a box? Find some dice and make a list to match up with the numbers you roll.
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Host a dance party with online music. If they’re old enough, ask your children to create a dance routine. If they’re very young, have them copy your dance moves.
Make popcorn and curl up to watch a movie together. Pause the movie and ask your child questions about it, or have them act out scenes. Encourage silliness!
Listen to an e-audiobook together while you make dinner or color or paint.
Creating art can help stretch your child’s imagination, aid in their color identification and storytelling skills, and can help them feel a sense of accomplishment. Some simple crafts include:
Coloring - draw outlines of shapes on a page (circle, square, triangle, Christmas tree) and have your child color them. Or give them a blank sheet and ask them to tell you a story about their favorite day and draw a picture of it. Was it a visit to the zoo? A day spent with their grandparents? Or a snow day, when they got to stay home and spend time with you?
Gluing scrap paper onto a shape - Cut a shape out of a thick piece of paper and have your child decorate it. A heart with colorful magazine pictures glued in a collage would be a great valentine for an aunt, uncle, or grandparent. If your child is old enough, they could cut out the shape too.
Explore Your (Indoor) World
We sometimes overlook things that we see every day. If your child is inquisitive, have them help you learn more about your house. How many ceiling tiles are there in your kitchen/living room/hallway? Are all of your doorknobs the same color? How many single light switches are there in your home? How many double or triple? Does the couch have legs, or is it sitting directly on the floor? What other small details can they find that they’ve never noticed before?
If you're looking for more fun things to do, come in and check out these books:
Unbored Games Serious Fun for Everyone by Joshua Glenn
38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter by Dette Hunter
Indoor Games by Lisa Regan
Playing Together by Wendy Smolen