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Fun Winter Bird Feeder Craft For Kids

Winter weather can lead to cooped up preschoolers in need of something fun to do. The next time your little gets a case of cabin fever, try this easy and fun project– it’s for the birds!

Better yet, you probably already have everything you’ll need to help your child create and cute and fully functional bird feeder.

Supplies Needed:
Pine cones
Yarn or twine
Creamy peanut butter
Bird seed
Knife
Plate
*Note: If pine cones aren’t readily available in your yard, try a walk through a local park. If you still don’t come across any, craft stores will usually carry a supply.

Put a big dollop of peanut butter on a plate and give your child a butter knife to spread the peanut butter all over the pine cone. For safety, make sure they stay seated while working. Repeat for however many pine cone bird feeders you wish to make.

Do this next step outside if possible– it can get messy! Pour some wild bird seed into a bowl, plate, or small bucket. Have your child roll the pine cones in the bird seed until completely covered.

Help your child tie a piece of yarn or twine around one end of each pine cone.

If you need to, sprinkle some more bird seed on the pine cones to make sure they are completely covered. It’s the fun part anyway!

Let your child choose where he or she wants to hang the completed pine cone bird feeders and then tie the bird feeders in place. If you can pick a spot where you can watch the bird traffic from inside– even better!
Sit with your child and watch for visiting birds. Keep a bird book and some binoculars nearby so that you can try to spot and name the different birds that frequent your neck of the woods.

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Indoor Fun For Elementary Age Kids

By the time children reach elementary school, they are old enough to cooperate when it comes to playing indoors with minimal running and screaming. Children at this age love independence and enjoy doing more activities by themselves or with their friends and without the assistance of parents.

Board Games

Cranium Cadoo (ages 7-12) — This multidimensional creativity board game offers eight activities and 300 cards used to get kids thinking, laughing, creating and having fun.

Scavenger Hunt For Kids (ages 6-10) — This board game will have your child looking for simple household items. It’s a classic game of search and find.

Totally Gross: The Game (ages 8-14) — This game teaches kids all about the world of science with over 200 questions and activities.

Science Experiments at Home

Some indoor games for kids can be related to science, which can be quite intriguing although they are best when done under adult supervision.

Baking Soda Bubbles – A cool experiment to see how bubbles are formed.

Glue Making – Don’t be afraid to get a little sticky with this experiment.

Penny Polishing – Shine up coins from the piggy bank with this easy and fun project.

Pen And Paper Games

Tic-Tac-Toe Tournament – Just set up teams and playing times, and find out who the Tic-Tac-Toe champion is in your home.

Hangman – Use your child’s spelling list from school in this simple, at-home game. You can find many word puzzles that are fun and can help your child with spelling.

Battleship – The homemade version of the classic Battleship board game is easy and uses graph paper. Just draw in your ships and have fun!

Planning games for your children (especially if they are different ages) can be fun, but it also may take some time to get it right. Think about where you want the indoor games to be played, who will be participating, and when it’s all over, assess whether the kids will want to play them again.

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Indoor Fun For Preschoolers (Part 2 of 2)

When it’s too icky or cold to play outside, good behavior often flies south when boredom sets in. However, with a little creativity, imagination, and a few items you probably already have laying around, you can turn on the fun without turning on the television.

Here are a few ideas to get you started. But try building a bigger list of your own, then write each idea on a small piece of paper, put them all into a hat, jar, shoebox, etc. The next time the kids are bored, let them draw an activity out of the activity jar in order to decide what to do first!

Imaginative Play

Hide the Object- Using any ordinary object (stuffed animal, ball, cup, etc), play this fun, no-run, version of Hide-And-Go-Seek game with your children. Simply have your child cover or close their eyes, then “hide” the object somewhere in plain view (on a shelf, on top of the TV, on the back of the couch, etc) and then have them look for it. You’d be surprised at how long this game can keep them enthralled.

Coloring Pasta- Place a handful of dry, uncooked pasta, such as ziti, rotini or bow-tie, into a plastic zip-lock bag. Add about a tablespoon of white vinegar and a few drops of food coloring. Close it up and have the kids shake away until the pasta is completely colored. Spread the damp noodles out onto a paper plate or paper towel and to dry. Use several baggies if you’d like to make a few different colors. Once the pasta is dry, kids can use yarn to string together pieces to make necklaces and bracelets, or glue them to paper plates or construction paper to create their own works of art.

Build a Fort- A big blanket or sheet thrown over a sturdy table, couch cushions propped against each other– it just depends on what you have available. Let your child have a blast crawling in and hiding out in their new temporary fort. This game usually ends with a fort-style nap. Check out these great fort building ideas.

Indoor Fun For Preschoolers (Part 1 of 2)

Parents of preschoolers know the benefits of keeping the little ones entertained. Luckily, it’s not that difficult. Here are some types and examples of fun, inside activities that will keep your babes busy for hours…

Board Games

These types of games can help children learn new information, improve motor skills, develop strategic planning abilities, and get better at following instructions.

A few I recommend:

Chutes and Ladders- A classic that helps kids learn their numbers (and the inherent danger of trying to steal from the cookie jar) while having fun. If your child is a fan of Spongebob Squarepants, you might want to pick up the newer version of the game called Eels and Escalators.

Sorry- This game helps little guy and girls learn to be better sports– even if the game is not going their way. Because players are prompted to say “sorry” after moves that set other players back, this game is full of extra polite fun.

Hullabaloo– This high-energy electronic board game mixes music, sounds and movement to create one of the most exciting games in recent years that really gets kids moving. Just start the machine and it will play music while telling you how to move from one shape to the other. For example, “Tip toe to a musical instrument.” At some point the voice will say, “freeze!”, and announce, “whoever is standing on ___, you win!”

Stay tuned! Tomorrow we’ll look at some games that only require a few household items and a healthy dose of imagination.

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Winter Activities For The Whole Family

Children love snow and there is just no escaping it. Before this winter turns to spring, try some fun of these six fun, healthy activities for the entire family. And don’t stop there, use these ideas as a jumping off point for inventing your own winter season family traditions that may very well carry on for generations to come.

1. If you live in or near a big city, chances are you will be able to find a horse-drawn buggy that you and the fam can ride around in. On chilly days, buggies will usually provide blankets to help keep you warm or you can always bring your own. This is also a great Mommy and Daddy activity for those special date nights.

2. Build a snow fort! If you’re lacking in the snow department, get to shoveling! By rounding up a driveway full of snow, you may end up with enough for a fort or two (worse case scenario you’ll have a clean driveway). Start your fort by hollowing out the center of a pile of snow and pack snow onto the “walls” until it reaches the desired height. Now it’s time for a friendly snowball fight!

3. Create a snow animal or a whole zoo of them! Snowmen are great for beginners, but why stop there? Get the family together and be creative– a snow penguin, snow lion, snow fish– the options are only limited by your imagination and the amount of snow you have available. If you’d like, mix together water and food coloring and apply with spray bottles to make your snow animals bright colors that will stand out from the rest of the snow.

4. Bundle up for a winter hike. While you’re out, see if you can find and identify animal tracks. If you don’t know what’s what, head to library or search around the internet to get ideas of the paw and other prints you’re likely to find in your area. Make a list of tracks to find, split the list, and see who can locate all their tracks first. After you and family become familiar with the animal tracks common around your home, try other locations to see if new types can be found. Play around using gloved hands and blunt sticks to try to make replicas of tracks. Don’t stop with bird and deer– dinosaurs are fair game as well!

5. Make an entire family of snow angels to represent all members of your family or whatever scene you and the kids choose. Use a squirt bottle with colored water to write welcoming messages near the snow angel family or label them with the names of the family members they represent.

As long as you make sure to bundle everyone up really well before you head out for your winter fun and games, they will be chilly but cherished memories for many years.

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