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Winter Break Boredom Busters for Your Kids

posted: 12/23/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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Tis the season for all kids to be off school and home with you for winter break. It doesn't take long to feel like you've played all the games, crafted all the crafts, snacked all the snacks, and logged more hours in front of the TV and iPad than you will ever admit. If you've already heard "Mom, we're bored!" a few dozen times, then it's time to break out a these winter break boredom busters.

If your kids were hoping to play in the snow over winter break but there's no snow in the forecast, you can make your own! This recipe for play snow is super simple and makes a great sensory activity for little hands. Just mix a half a cup of conditioner- make sure it's white- with three cups of baking soda in a large container. Your kids can build tiny snowman or little snow forts for their toys. If you store the play snow in an air tight container, it will keep for a few days.

If you do have snow at your house, make snow ice cream! Start by filling a large bowl with clean snow--you know what we mean by clean--then add a teaspoon of vanilla and a can of condensed milk. Stir all of the ingredients and serve. You an even add sprinkles, whipped topping, chocolate, or any candy pieces for an extra tasty treat.

Step up your fort making skills by adding a few strands of holiday lights for a fun and festive boredom buster. Wrap the lights around the sides of the fort and inside for an extra special day of play. A fitted sheet makes a great roof for any fort, too!

Get kids moving with balloon tennis. All you need is a few balloons and a racquet made from attaching a paper plate to a plastic spoon or popsicle stick. Join in on the fun and see how long everyone can keep the balloon in the air.

Make winter discovery bottles by letting your kids fill an empty bottle with water, silver glitter, foam figures like stars and snowflakes, or small toys. Once everything is poured into the bottle, secure the lid with hot glue. Then let your kids shake, rattle, and roll with their discovery bottle.

Make a DIY skee ball game from things you already have around your house! Line up different sized baskets and create a ramp from a few boxes that you've taped together. Just open up the boxes and slide them into each other and secure with tape. Then have kids line up and roll the balls up the ramp and into the boxes.