It has been cold and we are getting stir crazy….
I don’t feel like packing the kids into the car and going somewhere because there isn’t anywhere to go really and it is too cold for the kids to play outside… At this moment the temp is -22 and with the wind it feels like -32…just another January in Quebec… and not only is it cold right now but the forecast is saying that it is just going to get colder over the next few days…. the forecast for this afternoon and tonight is -30 (before the factoring in the wind chill)…
On mornings like this I am so glad that I don’t have to get all the kids up, dressed and out to bring one to school…
I need to scour the web a bit and figure out some crafts or activities we can all do with things that we already have in the house…
any ideas for us?
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I have some ideas. I live in Alberta (but I hail from Quebec) and we know all about cold and snow.
This morning the boys helped me make bread, we also coloured with chalk on blue cardstock and are going to start painting with watercolour paints. They have “colouring baths” which is a bath with bath crayons. We also play music and sing songs and read books.
After that they might build a train track with their wooden trains or build castles with their blocks.
Other indoor activities we do are bowling/putting down the hall, building forts in the living room, washing dishes and reading.
I find that doing art on regular paper gets boring. So I tape up a long piece of paper onto the wall and leave their crayons out. Whenever they get bored they can just head over to that wall and draw.
oh boy…we live down here in NY and we thought it was cold this week – UGH. Sending warm thoughts your way.
Have you checked out The Crafty Crow for project ideas?
Thanks for the links and suggestions… 🙂
Eggshell mosiacs are time consuming but fun. You need to think up a recipe that calls for a lot of eggs though 🙂 All that you need is black rice, paper, glue, a dozen eggs and food colouring. I usually choose a week or two where I save up all the eggshells I need for the craft.
Save the shells of a dozen eggs (wash and set to dry). Once dry, separate into 4 equal portions. Use 4 glass jars with water and a couple of drops of food colouring. Place eggshells in colouring and allow to absorb colour. Remove water and allow coloured shells to dry. Once dry, break the eggshells into small, workable pieces.
Next set out paper. Have children draw something that inspires them. Shapes work well, or trace a picture from a colouring page. Glue black rice onto the tracing so you have a black rice outline.
Now glue coloured eggshells into the design. You’ll have a beautiful finished product that has wonderful colour and texture. It would look lovely on homemade paper.
Great ideas! I can’t get over your cold weather. It’s surreal since it was about 6’C here!
From what I’ve seen here you’ve done mighty well at occupying the boys on cold days. I’m not sure if commercial jingles ever stuck with the boys or if you even want to entertain the thought but when we were kids we used to act out while singing songs from commercials. When we got a bit older we started bringing out the video camera to tape our own commercials. I’m sure another take on this idea could make things interesting for a little while.
I also know how much we loved the hot/cold game and scavenger hunts. They’re a lot of work but they also occupy a lot of time. Or maybe you want to get an early start on ornaments for next Christmas?
Have fun whatever you decide to do during the deep freeze!
Oh, brrrrrr! It’s -16 here and we’re hiding out as well. Baking is my favourite chilly day activity! It warms the house and gives us all something fun to do.
Do you have newspaper? Tape? Craft paper?
She has some awesome hat ideas!