Did 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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