Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t have fun indoors with the kids! There are tons of activities to do with kids of all ages.
Similar to play dough, foam dough is unique in the fact that it’s made from cornstarch and shaving cream. Add some color and its texture is fluffy, puffy and fun! Start with shaving cream, add food coloring or liquid water color. Then add cornstarch, roughly at the same ratio until you get the consistency you like!
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Put away the paper and let the kids do something a little out of the ordinary–paint on the windows! It will let them feel like they are doing something different and exciting. You can use painter’s tape to create a border and by mixing a little dishsoap with the paint it will give it a stained glass look. If you are hesitant about having your kids paint on the windows, you can always put paint in gallon Ziploc bags and tape them to the windows for the same effect and no mess.
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All you need is an inflatable kiddie pool, colored balls (that can be found at toy stores, online or stores like Target/Walmart) and ta-da–you have a ball pit! A great sensory activity, kids can make up their own games and this is also good for practicing color recognition, sorting and counting. When the weather warms up, just bring the pool outside and add water on a hot day!
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With a couple laundry baskets, “hockey sticks” that can be pool noodles, plastic gold clubs or other items you may have lying around, and an odd number of balloons blown up, kids can keep active with balloon hockey. This is an excellent activity for focus, concentration and motor skills. Play with 2 kids or a team for more competition!
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Forts may be something you loved building as a kid, so show your little ones your favorite ways to make a fort! There is no right or wrong way–from using cardboard, pillows, blankets and sheets, furniture, stringed lights and flashlights the kids will can play make believe, have sleepovers and use their gift of imagination to pretend they are wherever they want to be!
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All of us here at The J-Team hope you find inspiration to keep the kids busy and entertained indoors on these winter days!