Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Indoor Activities for Children

In the dead of winter it can be challenging to entertain your child. Here are some fun, easy activities to do with your children that they will love and enjoy!

-Make a racetrack! Use masking or painters tape. Let your kids be free and creative with their pathways and routes!

-Make paper planes! Whether it's the basic plane or some fancy design from Google or Youtube, it'll be a blast!

-Make cookies with a variety of mix-ins! Use a basic chocolate-chip recipe and add mix-ins: raisins, mint chips, coconut, m&ms, reeses pieces etc. 

-Make a demolition derby! Cover the top and sides of a toy car with tin foil, making impressions on the details of the car. Take the tin foil off and smash away!

-Get hands-on with letters. Cut out letters of your child's first name out of sand paper. Have him or her run their fingers on the letters to trace them.

-Make a sensory bucket! Fill a bucket with rice and add objects such as: toy cars, beans, other toys, funnels, cups etc. This is a great activity for them to explore their senses!

-Make play-doh with your kids! Have your child add the ingredients into the saucepan and with your help heat up the stove and stir! After the play-doh is done and completely cooled, let your child pick out colors!

Velvet Play-doh Recipe
1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
food coloring

Mix all ingredients adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended and forms dough. It may take a few minutes for it to thicken. Place in airtight bag or container after and it will last a long time. 

*hint, after the base color is made and kneaded, split the dough and put a tiny bit of whatever color in and knead it more to make another color!


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