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Cabin Fever Desperation Relief

2015 March 20
by Becky

The nice weather is right around the corner! We’re looking at some beautiful weather  in the coming weeks, but don’t kid yourself, there will be chilly mornings and plenty of rainy days peppered in. Like today, Weather Channel said 70? It’s like 45. If you are like me, you spent the winter pulling your hair out beginning around 3:30pm, wondering what the heck your going to do to entertain post-nap or post-school kiddos, so the thought of ONE MORE DAY stuck inside is pretty unbearable.

Sometimes I drove to Ethan’s school at 3:15, gripping the wheel, panicking over how the hell we would get through the afternoon. We tried to plan play dates or little outings, but often, especially when the wind was blowing, the temps were low, and we had baby boy in tow, home was our after school destination.

So while we are getting sneak-peeks of spring, it helps having some ideas in the back of my mind to cope. Here are a few:

1. Building things out of cardboard boxes, AKA Amazon Delivery Fun

EthanCardboardCreation2. Dance Party! Crank the music, pull out the instruments, and dance till you sweat a little. Song suggestions: “Everything is Awesome”, “Thunderstruck”, “How Bad Can I Be?”, “Life Is Highway”, and “Monsters University Roar”.

3. Model Magic. AKA, the better playdough. This is a sculpting tool I can handle. Ethan likes to take his miniature dinosaurs and animals and cover them in the clay, saying they are “eggs” that will be hatching soon.

4. Legos. These can currently keep Ethan busy for looooooong periods of time, longer if we play the game where he asks us to build something like, say, a space station, to which we oblige only to watch him tear the whole thing apart to “correct” the design. It usually includes dismantling the entire creation and rebuilding it. He also wants us to build something, then pretend we are asleep so he can come “steal” the contraption…again to destroy it and make something new.

5.”Ostacle” course hilarity. A tunnel, a bench, a bed for jumping, and some open space is all you need to get creative. Run the course, as a complete goof-ball, in front of your kid. They will think it’s the funniest thing EVER.

EthanObsticle6. Take a bath. A LOOOOOOOOOONG bath. Extra bubbles, throw in a few “special” toys (think measuring cups, teaspoons, and squirt guns) and keep warming up the water. Jump in with them if possible! I can’t wait until Finn’s old enough for baths.

7. Play with Tape. Hand your kid a roll of painters tape and let them go to town. If they aren’t old enough to tear it, tear lots of different lengths for them and stick to the edge of a table so they can grab and go.

8. Preschool Workbooks. I find these at Target or craft shops, they have mazes and letter tracing and pattern recognition activities that are fun AND sharpen writing skills. I usually sit with Ethan to help him do these books, it helps him to know I’m there to assist.

9. Science Project. We put baking soda in a tray and let Ethan drip colored vinegar. The bubbles are exciting for a few minutes, then the mixing of vinegar colors become more intoxicating. I let him go at it as long as he wants until the mess becomes too much. There are dozens of other science project ideas on Pinterest.

BakingSodaAndVinegar210. Baking. Cookies, brownies, rice crispy treats, banana bread, shaped sugar cookies, cupcakes, you name it. For you healthy people there’s always celery with peanut butter decorated with raisins, homemade granola, oatmeal squares? If you are worried about having the tempting treats sitting around for a week just make half the recipe or only keep half, freeze the other half. Limit the output and you limit the calories. Or take half of the batch to your neighbor! Here’s a great recipe for amazingly soft and chewy cookies that are a snap to make and only yields about 12 large cookies.

11. Board games. We recently introduced “Sorry” and Ethan is addicted. We also play Dinosaur Dominos and Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. We don’t always get through a whole game, but Ethan’s patience is growing longer with each game. It’s also a great way to practice turn taking and sportsmanship.

EthanPlayingSorry  What are your favorite cabin fever remedies? How do you keep from going insane? 

3 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    March 21, 2015

    Such great winter indoor kid activities for Ethan. It’s been a long winter!!

  2. March 21, 2015

    Or… Just come to Florida!!!!!

    • Linda Johnson permalink
      March 22, 2015

      I agree Sandy, Florida is great during winter months.

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