Surviving Snow Days

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Surviving Snow DaysI am on day three of snow days this week, and another coming tomorrow.  I haven’t left my house in three full days.  I am beginning to believe that no one knows any other words than “mama” at varying levels of volume.  Although I may be closer and closer to starting to drink wine at noon, there are some activities that I have been doing with my boys that have helped beat some winter blues.

First, art activities.  We made snowflakes.  I taped off snow flakes on a small canvas and let them paint over it.  My youngest, at 10 months painted his in a Ziploc bag.  Completely mess free!  My oldest at 2 used a paint brush, however finger paints would be just as fun!  We have art smocks, but an old t-shirt of mom or dad’s and there is easy clean up for the older too!  We also “skated” (painted) on tin foil, added some glitter and printed off some ice skating bears to make ice rinks!  Pinterest is full of ideas – these were simple ones I could think of.

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The second time consuming activity I made are sensory bins.  These are easy to make and you more than likely have the items at home.  I grabbed a big Tupperware container and dumped items into it.  Super simple.  I have made one with beans, rice, puff balls, or cereal.  I dyed the rice with vinegar and food color, beware, this made the container smell very much of vinegar which really just bothered me, not anyone else.  I put serving spoons, measuring cups, plastic animals, and cups in the tubs and it was a huge hit!  I do recommend putting a towel under the Tupperware for items like beans and rice, for easy clean up – I definitely had a vacuum around for the rice time, but I also got at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted independent play time!

Finally, we made some homemade Play – Doh this week.  I used the following recipe: 

1 cup flour

1 cup water

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1/3 cup of salt

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

food coloring

I added all the ingredients to a sauce pan, heated over medium heat and stirred occasionally.  As it got thick, I removed from the pan and cooled on wax paper.  It cooled quickly, and my son loved it.  I have not ventured into store bought Play-Doh (frankly I think it smells yucky, and feels yucky.) but my son LOVED it.  We didn’t have “traditional” Play-Doh toys either, so we used plastic animals, a toy hammer and saw, and cookie cutters.  Thank you to the polar vortex all of the animals were given hats and coats made of Play-Doh.  It stores well in a Ziploc bag for many days, and any drying out you simply add some more water or vegetable oil and it goes back to normal!  There are also lots of different Play-Doh recipes on Pinterest both with and without cooking.  Thankfully, it was homemade and when I gave some to my 10 month old to try to use, I did not have to fully freak out when he tried to eat it.  

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Stay strong Mamas.  We are getting close.  The plan is to spend as much time outside as humanly possible this weekend.  35s and higher – we are getting close! Spring is right around the corner!

 

 

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Karlie was raised in a small town, a little north of Green Bay. After spending some time in Stevens Point pursuing her psychology degree, she returned closer to home to settle in Green Bay. She met her husband while finishing her master’s degree and interning in his school. Karlie is currently a School Counselor with a passion for behavior therapy, and a full time mommy to an 8 month old son, Lane. As a first time mommy, Karlie is learning to navigate the world of mommyhood and loves to share her experiences and many, many mistakes with anyone willing to listen.