If cabin fever has struck, you might be looking for some new ideas on how to keep your kids (and you) feeling a little more sane. Check out these 6 cabin fever busters for kids and save the post for the next time you need an easy idea!
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Cabin fever. We’ve all been there. Stuck inside due to cold weather, sickness and your kids are bored with all the activities they usually do. They’re whining and you’re about ready to pull your hair out. But never fear! I have 6 cabin fever busters that I know you and your kids are going to enjoy. Each cabin fever buster can be adapted based on your child’s age and ability.
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Have you heard of water beads? They are these amazing little beads that expand to many times their size when placed in water. Water beads are a great sensory activity and they keep my kids entertained for quite a while. This is a perfect activity for kids as young as 2 (with supervision) all the way up to my 11 year old. No special tools are needed for this activity. Just a plastic container big enough to hold the beads once they expand and some measuring cups. Find all the details on the full post.
Exercise is one of the best ways to beat the winter blues. But it can be tricky getting outside for long enough to get much exercise if the weather is too cold or the air quality is bad. That’s why an indoor obstacle course is so genius! Small plastic agility cones definitely come in handy for this activity, but you’ll want to check out the full blog post for more ways to set up an indoor obstacle course.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: homemade playdough is a million times better than store bought. Not only is it softer and lasts longer, but you can make it yourself in just a few minutes. You can add glitter, essential oils and color to make it just the way you want. Homemade playdough also makes great non-food Valentine’s or Halloween goodies. My kids will play with playdough for quite a while and sometimes I even join in! Grab the recipe and instructions on the full post.
We all know that recycling is important. But what if we let our kids play with it a little before putting it in the recycling bin? Make your own “inventor box” and let your kids turn trash into creative play! Plastic milk jugs, cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls and more can be used for this cabin buster activity. Head over to the full post for how to create your own inventor box today.
Making tissue paper suncatchers is one of my kids favorite activities and we do it year round. It only requires a few minutes to set up and it’s perfect for small hands. You can adapt this activity to make all types of shapes: hearts, shamrocks, pumpkins, leaves and more. All you need is some contact paper, tissue paper and scissors. See all the details by clicking on the link above!
Bring the snow inside! You can use bowls or buckets to bring snow into your house and dump it in the kitchen sink or bathtub. Let your child(ren) put their gloves on and have fun building snow castles, building a small LEGO village and more. Check out the full post for even more snow sensory bin ideas and ways to play and learn with snow.
*BONUS* “I’m Bored” Jar
Because I want my kids to be able to learn how to keep themselves entertained in positive ways, I decided to create this “I’m bored” jar so they can keep themselves busy and use their imagination. I can easily add to the jar or get rid of the ideas that my kids are no longer interested in and replace them with new ideas. Using popsicle sticks makes this a very cheap project to create and I am going to bet that you probably have a jar lying around as well. Find 50+ ideas on the blog post as well as a free printable to put on your jar.
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