It’s mid-January which means one thing for Iowans – it is COLD!
Not just, “Oh, it’s cold outside…” but more like “I’m wearing ten layers and I still feel the cold” kind of cold. It is kind of the perfect storm if you’re a mom. The holiday season is over. You are left with a house full of toys that the kids no longer are interested in. It’s too cold to go out, sometimes school gets cancelled, so you’re stuck. What to do… what to do… rely on the Cedar Rapids Moms Blog to give you ideas!
When the junk mail arrives (as it always does), don’t throw it out! Hunt in the ads for different objects, letters, or colors. After, crumple them up and make a newspaper ball game!
Build a Fort
The easiest fort known to mom kind: Take four chairs and space them out in four corners. Cover the chairs with a fitted sheet. Easy to clean up and set up!
Bubbles in a Bowl
Dump some bubble solution into a bowl. Add some food coloring to make the bubbles different colors. Then put a straw in and blow! Have their cup of water handy to wash the soap down in case they accidentally drink some!
Cook or Bake Something
Don’t know where to start? Here are some tried and true recipes from CRMB contributors that they guarantee you can do with your little ones.
- Chocolate Mousse
- Healthier Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
- If this recipes won’t work for you, go to our family’s fall-back meal… PANCAKES. (Ultimate Guide to Pancake recipes here)
YouTube has a TON of dance videos for kids to follow along with. Most of my favorites are from Just Dance – like this one.
Spread out your beach towels and put on your swim suits, shorts, and sunglasses. Crank up the heater and pretend you are at the beach!
Need to sanitize the toys with all the germs around? Have your kids do it! Fill a bucket (or the tub) up with soapy water and let the kids play with them. When you’re done, rinse them off and they are clean and ready for the next playtime!
Write a Letter to Grandparents (or anyone!)
Draw a picture, write a letter, or even have them dictate to you. Whatever you want, knowing that someone else will enjoy their work will make it all the more fun!
Want even MORE ideas? Check out these awesome posts from the CRMB team and the City Moms Blog!
- 6 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers
- 20 Indoor Boredom Busters for Kids
- Indoor Activities for Kids in Cedar Rapids
- Infant Friendly Indoor Activities
- A Mom’s Guide to Indoor Activities from City Moms Blog Network
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