The east coast is going to be hit again with potentially another foot of snow and that means a lot of kids will be home from school. What to do to beat the “winter time blues”? Here are some ideas that may result in more than keeping the kids busy on a winter day…
- Pillows / empty boxes / blankets over a couch and table make the perfect fort! Include some flashlights, books and board games to make the perfect “camp”. If you have a group of budding musicians consider challenging them to write a song with music and lyrics. Think the song has potential? Check out websites for submission, such as this one.
- Create your own board game. Kids can be super creative. Offer them the suggestion to submit to the HASBRO gaming lab their idea. Rules and more can be found here. As an incentive – they are offering some substantial cash prizes and awesome opportunities to meet them in their lab. HASBRO, of course, is a giant in the board game world. Read the rules and terms carefully, before entering.
- Create a recipe – then bake it! Of course, supervision is important in any and all activities that I would suggest. But, especially when it comes to using appliances, such as an oven. Who knows – you may actually have a budding chef under your roof! Did you know that AllRecipes.com offers a way to submit your own creations? Check it out here And, KitchenChat.info has a multitude of podcasts and recipes for novice and more experienced cooks to try!
- Attention Young Authors! Break the winter blahs by inviting your kids to stir their creative writing talents and create a short story for submission. Due diligence is necessary as writing for publication is a tough journey. However, for those who want to venture on this path check out this article.
There are many great ways to keep kids who are “stuck” inside busy! Share your ideas below and remember to do your due diligence if submitting to any of the above websites. Good luck and Enjoy!