How To Combat Cabin Fever
When the weather is bad or especially cold, kids can get a bit restless staying indoors all day. Here are some ideas to help keep your kids happy and prevent cabin fever this winter.
DIY Music Jam Sessions Most children love music, and you can keep them happy by letting them make their own. Spend a craft day helping them make their own instruments out of cardboard, old pots, and other items around the house. Then set up a whole band to play along to your children's favorite tunes, or let them jam out on their own. Fantasy Pretend Time Whether it's playing house, doctor, or school, kids love to pretend. Help them use their imaginations by setting up an area to look like a zoo, spaceship, or castle and playing along. Camp Inside One of the most fun ways to play pretend is to go camping indoors. Whether it's in a child's room or the living room, pitch a tent or build a fort. You can add to this experience with some simple crafty additions, such as pretending to go fishing in the bathtub and building a “fire” with cardboard tubes and some colored paper. When it starts to get dark, hand your kids a flashlight and listen to them tell you spooky stories.
Cook or Bake Getting stuck indoors is a great opportunity to get a little help in the kitchen. Let your kids help you bake a loaf of bread, decorate a cake, or get vegetables ready for soup. This might also be a great way to encourage your kids to eat things they ordinarily wouldn't. Games Whether you are playing board games, hide-and-seek, or making up games of your own, you can pass a lot of time just simply playing games with your kids. You might be surprised how much fun a simple game of “Simon Says” can be. Exercise Use indoor exercise to pass the time, tire the kids out, and stay healthy. Your kids will love doing aerobics YouTube videos with you, or trying out some beginner's yoga. Not to mention the endless fun that simply dancing around the house can bring.
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