With Hurricane Irene on the way this weekend, you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors with your family. Here are five ways you can keep your kids entertained, and create some fun family memories in the process.
Arts and Crafts
Whether you are crafty or not, having an impromptu arts and crafts session with your child will work like magic in beating the in-house blues. It could be as simple as a blank sheet of paper and a box of crayons. You’ll be encouraging your child to use his or her imagination, and you could probably dust yours off in the process. For an educational spin, cut sheets of paper into basic shapes and have your toddler call them out as they color them.
Who can resist the aroma of freshly baked cookies? You don’t have to make anything from scratch, either. All you’ll need is some store bought cookie dough and cookie cutters. Your local craft store has tons of fun shapes to choose from. Roll out the dough on a flat, floured surface, and let your kids use the cookie cutters. Remember, messes can always be cleaned up, and are almost always worth hearing the sound of your child’s giggles.
Playing Dress Up
This is not just for little girls with fancy costumes anymore. Get ready to open your closet and play dress up. The number one person your child wants to pretend to be is you. Take out dad’s shirts or your dresses and have a fashion show. Your kids will love to walk around like mommy and daddy.
Set up a tent, or make one out of bed sheets and chairs, wherever you have the space. Indoor camping is a great way to cuddle up, read stories, have a snack, or even have an afternoon nap. Get some graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows together and your indoor camping is complete. S’mores, anyone?
Break Out the Board Games
Rummage through the closets and pull out the boardgames that got pushed to the side once the latest and greatest video games were released. Playing boardgames is something everyone in the family can participate in, including tweens and teens, although they’ll probably resist at first. This is a great option especially if the power goes out in your home.
Remember to stock up on water, food, and batteries for flashlights, radios, etc. If you have a portable DVD player, check to see if it takes batteries, as some do. Pop in a DVD everyone agrees on, and have an impromptu family movie night. Above all, stay safe, and have fun spending quality time with your family.