Cheap Cabin Fever Cure: Outdoor Toys Come Indoors

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6 Cabin Fever Cures for Kids Stuck InsideDid you hear parts of the U.S. are looking at possible records for snow fall this winter? If you've been stuck inside with your kids for weeks on end, something tells me you're not surprised. Especially not when you add in the record cold temps that have made it impossible to send the kids out to even play in all that white stuff.

With so many school days canceled in my neck of the woods they're already yanking some of the planned days off, I've gotten desperate. I've given up on making her go through all the inside toys. We're both sick of them. It's time to start bringing the outside toys inside. This could save you from wasting money on a mad dash to the mall to cure your cabin fever:

Tents. What's better than camping outdoors under the stars? Camping in the living room where it's toasty warm, even in January. Add an indoor picnic, and you'll be all set.

Bouncy House. Sure, it takes up half the living room. But if you have one of those ginormous bouncy houses that will occupy the kids for hours outside in the summer, put that magic to work indoors. Push the living room furniture out into the other rooms, and set it up, then let them loose. It will keep them from jumping on the furniture (oh ... so ... tempting).

Sandboxes. Sand? In the house? Am I trying to kill your vacuum cleaner? Not this time. Excise the sand in favor of dried beans (or oatmeal -- although that's notably messier), and let them have at it with their favorite shovels and little toy dump trucks.

Soccer Balls. I know. You're envisioning broken glass as far as the eye can see. But hear me out. You can play a rousing game of hot potato or get down on the floor and practice spinning it at one another -- seeing who can make it go the farthest with the least amount of effort.

Scooter. If your floors are nothing special, let them work off all that excess energy by zooming around the house on that scooter. It's small enough to navigate around the fridge, and it's a lot easier to store in their bedroom than a bike.

Hopper Balls. I can't help it. I'm possibly more obsessed with these things than my 5-year-old, and it shows. I'll let her bounce her way across the house on this thing just as I let her do it in the yard over the summer months. They can't get much air on most of these balls, making them pretty safe for indoors. And all that exercise is good for them.

Do you bring your outdoor toys indoors during the winter months? What did I miss?


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nonmember avatar Christine

Luckily here in GA, although we have already had more snow than we would usually get all winter, we are having some days where outdoor play is okay as long as you are bundled up. I REALLY like the indoor sandbox idea. My daughter's sandbox is wooden and there to stay, but filling her plastic pool with dry beans would be so much fun for her!

Bree1984 Bree1984

Maybe you could spend the time teaching the child useful things like reading. At 5 I would have much rather read a book then play with all that crap.

thedg... thedgoddess

IKEA is great for that stuff. Tunnels, tents, swings. We have it all.


Bree: Not every kid would like to just read a book. Some kids (like mine) do nothing but read and need tons of gross motor input due to disabilities. Indoor playgrounds save our life.

tazdvl tazdvl

Bree, It was below 0 here for 4 days straight, reading books is not going to get there energy out and I have yet to meet a kid that would sit for 4 days just reading......even the ones that liked it.

We already put up a tent for the girls, riding toys are in the house and we bought balls to put in their pool for a ball pit. You can also use rice for the sand box.

jeann... jeannesager

Ooh, ball pit! Good one tazdvl. I forgot about that one!

Peajewel Peajewel

We do the bounce house, tents, bubbles and even a scooter but I am pretty sure I would never let a sand box come inside.  giggle giggle

sodapple sodapple

scooters, and cars. fun!

clean... cleanaturalady

We used to when the kids were little. 

frysh... fryshannon34

My kids just had a living room campout last week.They set up their barbie tent and cooked marsmallows and chocolate chips on the end of a fork beside the electric heater! lol I thouhgt it was a pretty genius idea

ethan... ethans_momma06

Our son loves to teararound the living room on his tike.

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