We all know kids — and parents — in our northern climes go a little stir crazy when they’re housebound in the winter. But those of us south of the Mason-Dixon are stuck in the house NOW. The temperature is hovering around 100 nearly every day. It’s too hot to even think about thinking about going outside.
If you’re in late pregnancy, this is a giant disaster! You feel like a whale who somehow beached itself on the sun. Awesome!
But as I listen to my four year old sigh with a pitiful yearning because she’s bored! bored! bored! I realize we must DO something about this. Thomas the Tank Engine isn’t cutting it.
So what do I do? I dunno. I am so bad at the “fun activities” portion of parenting. There are only so many batches of muffins you can make and puzzles you can do.
I have a friend who is a pro at this stuff, so when I’m out of ideas, I turn to her. She is a lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mom to a five, four and one year old, so she needs to be! She posted much of the following recently at her own blog, The Runaway Lawyer, but she agreed to guest blog here.
Though most of you who read this site are pregnant, or hoping to get pregnant, lots of you have older kids, or nieces and nephews or friends’ kids you may be asked to entertain, whether it’s a sweltering summer day, a bitter winter day, or just a rainy day. Hopefully, The Runaway Lawyer has some ideas that will help…
Make your own sidewalk chalk. We’ll have to try that – we go through the stuff like water.
National Geographic-sponsored Geography site for kids: My Wonderful World.
Make your own Word Search. I made one with all the kids’ names and pets names and such – you could make one with all of your child’s interests or local place names, too.
Simple Recipes for Kids including special diets (gluten free, vegetarian, etc.)
DLTK’s Chore Chart Generator. Ok, this one is fun for moms, maybe not so much for kids. I told the Beastlings that I would give them a penny per check mark at the end of the week and that was enough to motivate them…for at least the first week. That site has a ton of other activities as well – definitely worth checking out.
Summer activities from Activity Village.
Kids-R-Crafty: This site offers activity sheets, coloring pages, dot-to-dots, mazes, vocabulary and worksheets in both English and French.
Making Learning Fun: Preschool and early childhood activities and printables to make learning enjoyable for parents and child.
The Crafty Crow, for you advanced as well as beginner crafters.
Enchanted Learning for complete early learning curriculum – absolutely brilliant and HUGE site – if you have small children, you must check it out.
Thanks, Runaway Lawyer! Time to get my kid off the couch, grab a muffin, and DO something!