Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ideas for Kids on Snow Days #snowday

Kids love snow days!  However, when there are too many in a row, boredom can set in.  Here are some fun ideas to keep your kids happy and you sane!

  • Craft tiny pictures by gluing rice and beans onto card stock.  If using only rice, you could color the rice with food coloring first.
  • Build a marble roller coaster.  Encourage your kids to be creative, using paper plates, toilet paper rolls, swim noodles.  Anything to get the marble going.  If they are really up to a challenge, have them see who can build the slowest roller coaster.  This is a guaranteed fun activity!  You can get super fancy and try this one: http://www.instructables.com/id/Marble-Roller-Coaster/ 
  • Make borax snowflakes.  For this, you simply need pipe cleaners, string, a pencil, a wide-mouth jar, borax.  Make a snowflake shape out of a pipe cleaner by cutting two pipe cleaners into 3 equal parts.  Twist together at the centers to make a star/snowflake shape.  Make sure the snowflake can fit in the jar.  Tie one end of the string to the end of a snowflake arm and the other to a pencil.  Fill the jar with boiling water and add borax one tablespoon at a time.  (You will need 3 tablespoons per cup of water.)  Hang the snowflake in the water by placing the pencil at the top of the jar.  Leave it overnight.  In the morning, you will have a snowflake with pretty crystals.  If you want, color the water. Get creative and try other shapes, too!  (Maybe hearts with Valentine's Day just around the corner! ♥)
  • Make a collage.  Collect old magazines and cut words and pictures and paste onto card stock, poster board or even a canvas.  Embellish it with glitter, buttons, ribbon, or items.  Use a decoupage effect by painting over the complete picture using a mixture of glue and water or decoupage glue.
  • Make a cartoon by drawing on a sticky note pad or small notebook.
  • Draw a picture with your non-dominant hand.
  • Make pictures or designs on the floor with a long piece of string or yarn.
  • Make salt clay.  No matter how old kids get, they love to make this.  Mix 1 cup of flour, 3/4 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in a large bowl.  After making creations, you can allow to air dry (this takes a long time) or bake them on low heat (300ºF for 1-2 hours depending upon the thickness).
Off to craft with the kids!

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