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Guide to Curing Winter Break Boredom

22 Dec

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Combat winter time blues with this helpful guide to cure winter break boredom! If your child has nothing to do when school is not in session or even snow days, check out these boredom busters to bring excitement and entertainment on those cold winter days!

Winter wonderland snow fun!

Winter time can call for a beautiful, snowy wonderland (depending on the climate) so grab your coat and snow boots. There are so many fun activities to do on a snow day! Build a snowman, create snow angels, or have a snowball fight. The possibilities are endless! Create snow at any time, in any climate with the Super Snow Bucket. For even more snowy fun, create your own colorful rainbow snow with Gelli Snow: Magical Rainbow Snow Powder. After a fun time out in the snow, get back inside and bundle up with some hot coco!

Open the door to imagination with pretend play!

Encourage your child to engage in interactive pretend play. Your child can open their own pretend restaurant or store, go on adventures, become their favorite characters, role play in various careers, venture to their play house, build a blanket fort, and more. They can even come to the rescue and become a little hero with the Fire Chief Truck Playhouse & Dress Up Set.

Playtime will be “oozing” with gooey fun!

Slime has definitely made its mark on 2017 and it is sure to be entertaining way to combat winter time boredom. Kids can be as creative as they wish when it comes to slime. Create fluffy slime, galaxy slime, oozing slime, or anything you wish. If you decide to jump on the slime trend, Gelli Baff and Ooze Baff slime and gelli are great slime kits for endless fun and excitement. You can even turn your bath water into slime or gelli!

Bring the magic of summer nights indoors!

Winter nights are shorter and can be too cold for long periods of outdoor active play compared to the summer season. Why not bring the warm atmosphere, magical fireflies, and the glowing moon of the summer season inside? The Glow N’ The Dark Firefly House Tent makes a great space for kids during pretend play, story time, and more! Your child can even make their own DIY Mason Jar Fairy Lights to get that summertime feel. Grab a mason jar and glow-in-the-dark paint. Then paint small dots along the inside of the mason and let dry.

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Let your child’s creativity shine!

During those boring winter days, spark the creativeness in your child. Kids can color, paint, create play dough masterpieces, and much more! Grab some art supplies or arts and craft kits and let the creativity run wild! Your child can create winter themed do-it-yourself projects or anything they want.

It’s game time!

There are so many indoor games and activities that are perfect for getting your child active and entertained during a cold winter day. An idea is to simply blow up a balloon and kids can play a variety of games like balloon balance, balloon paddle ball, balloon volleyball, balloon hockey, and more. You can even challenge your child to the Obstacle Maze by taping crepe paper or streamers to the walls of a hallway. Be sure to tape the streamers in different angles and height levels so your child can navigate through the course by stepping over or crawling without touching the paper. There are so many options when it comes to games! Choose a fun board game, card game, or come up with your own game. There is no limit to the possibilities! Get the family involved for an enjoyable time!

Source: What Moms Love

12 Days of Learning | Day 3: Family Traditions

3 Dec

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The holidays are all about family, but the demands of the holiday season can sometimes take away from quality family time. Finding your kids the perfect gift or making the holidays as perfect as possible may seem important, but remember that the quality time you spend with your children can have a much more lasting impact. One great way to ensure quality family time this holiday season is to start a new family tradition.

Family traditions are a big part of the holidays and are one reason we enjoy them so much. It’s important to keep your family’s holiday traditions alive because children like the routine and normalcy they bring each year. Holiday family traditions will also be something that children fondly look back on as adults and possibly carry over into their own families. Here are a few tips to help you have quality family time, keep old family traditions alive, and start new traditions this holiday season:

1. If your family is really busy during the holidays, make an effort to include your kids in as many holiday activities as possible. This helps you incorporate family time as you complete your holiday to-do list and can also be the start of a new family tradition. Children will enjoy helping you bake delicious treats, decorate the house, and wrap gifts. Holiday activities also provide wonderful opportunities for your children to learn about a variety of educational concepts, such as measuring, colors, and numbers.

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2. Make helping others a part of your family traditions during the holidays. The holiday season is a great time to teach children about gratitude and charity. Volunteering and giving back as a family will help instill positive values in your children as they grow and learn. Two ways your family can help others is to donate groceries to a food bank or make cookies to give to the elderly. Also encourage children to make greeting cards and other arts and crafts to send to overseas troops or children’s hospitals. Toy drives are another popular way to give back for many families. Read our Five Ways to Encourage Charity and Help Kids Give Back and Importance of Raising a Grateful Child blog posts for more ideas and tips on how your family can help others.

3. Create special holiday activities for your family to enjoy. Reading holiday books, listening to holiday music, watching holiday movies, or sitting down with a warm cup of hot chocolate to talk or share holiday stories are some great holiday activities you can turn into family traditions. Schedule a holiday gift wrapping session to do as a family or go caroling throughout your neighborhood. Having a pajama morning and cooking a special breakfast together as a family is another tradition you can incorporate into your family’s holiday plans. Be sure to check out our Five Fun Holiday Traditions for Kids & the Kids at Heart blog post for some other great ideas.

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4. If your kids are older and a little more reluctant to participate in family activities during the holidays, include your kids’ friends in a few holiday traditions or activities. Including their friends will help encourage older children to participate more and will give them someone to talk to if a holiday tradition is intended for another age group. You could also throw a holiday party for your children and their friends if you have the time and space required.

5. Determine what’s important for your family. Sit down as a family at the beginning of the holiday season and plan out your calendar through the beginning of January. Figure out the amount of time you want to spend with immediate and extended family and decide which of the holiday parties or school events you really need or want to attend. Don’t be afraid to say no if something doesn’t benefit your family or creates a major problem in your family schedule. If your calendar still looks a little overwhelming, remember that organizing your schedule and prioritizing what your family really needs to do during the holiday season will help you spend more quality time together and give you the time needed to keep traditions alive and start new ones.

Check back tomorrow for Day 4 of our 12 Days of Learning!

Happy Holidays!