Kids suffer from cabin fever just like the rest of us. Being forced indoors, due to bad weather, turns the nicest kids into cabin fevered crazies. Recent cold snaps got your kids down? As a grandparent, I have to say, “bundle the little buggers up and let them play outside”. I certainly never let the cold stop me from playing outside as a kid. In fact, those icy snow days provided some of the most fun I had as a kid. Eventually, though, I had to come in. So will your kids. Here are some fun activities to keep them from climbing the walls.
Exercise together to beat cabin fever. Now I know what you’re thinking. Exercise isn’t a fun activity. But it can be. Your kids are dying for some physical activity. How about a rousing game of Twister? Parents, join your kids. It’s good for you too. Pull a mattress off the bed and have a tumbling somersault competition, or just a good bounce session. Got some couch potato kids? Break out the interactive video games. Any activity that gets kids moving is great for cabin fever.
Have a little old fashioned fun to forget about cabin fever. What’s the best thing about snow days? How about a cup of steaming hot chocolate and some board games? Parents, why not take this time to bond with your kids? Dust off the games you never play. Pull out a jigsaw puzzle. While you’re at it, open the blinds and throw some natural light on the subject. Soon you’ll be laughing so hard with your kids, you’ll forget you have cabin fever too. Parenting can be fun.
Bake something together. When was the last time you made cookies or brownies with your kids? Smart parents know mixing, measuring and stirring are fun educational indoor activities with yummy results. Kids will be sharpening up on their math skills without even knowing it. Learning to cook and bake is fun. It’s a life lesson and a great way to beat cabin fever. Make staying indoors fun, delicious and educational. Take the time to make some homemade goodies with your kids.
Build a snowman to beat cabin fever. Making a snowman doesn’t take long. Why not dress warmly and just do it? Take kids outside for a half hour. Make a giant snowman they can see from inside. They’ll get a little vitamin D and fresh air to beat the winter blues. Too cold for even a few minutes outside? Bring some snow inside and make a mini snowman. Parents, show your spirit of adaptation. It’s a fantastic way to give kids a lesson in making the proverbial lemonade from lemons.
Get artistic to nix cabin fever. I know your kids have crayons, paint and paper. How about making a batch of homemade clay too? Gather up those art supplies. Forget the snow drifts piling up outside. Hunker down and create some works of art. You may not be able to see the sun on snow days. You can still paint pictures of it. Don’t forget to use the green crayon. Studies show seeing green helps cure the winter blahs. Cure kids of cabin fever with fun winter activities. Make sure they take their vitamins, too, especially vitamin D. It’s an awesome, natural cure for seasonal depression.
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