The possibility of a snow day can be exciting. People stay inside, spend time with family, and everything moves at a slower pace. We get a reprieve from the rush of daily life.
However, this lovely image can be very different when there are young children to take care of - especially when weather (or even illness or school breaks) forces us inside for several days.
|A blanket on the floor creates a place for |
art.Note the tiny amounts of fingerpaint
placed on small papers for each child.
Just the right amount for little hands and
You don't need a lot of special equipment or furniture to make a space for children to play and do projects. A shower curtain, sheet, plastic table cloth, a blanket (see left), or a paper grocery bag cut open work fine. This turns any space into a play space that is contained and protects areas where you don't want an activity happening.
Blankets and cushions are perfect for making forts and hiding spaces. Places to Play at Home has great ideas.
|Check the recycle bin. Egg cartons, boxes, |
and masking tape make great sculptures.
Drawing in coffee grounds.
Box tops (shoe box or other) and
masa harina, cornmeal, salt.
The links below contain ideas of things you can do, often with materials you already have, to keep little bodies and minds busy.
|No mess collage - contact paper and bits of |
fabric, paper, etc. From SPS Smile Program.
Somerville Early Education Pinterest Site
Recipes to Make at Home
Things to Do on a Snow Day
December flashback: Here are the links from the December blog on non-toy gifts for the holidays and there are great ideas for things you can do at home:
Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment (TRUCE) has some great ideas for family fun at home or at school using easy to find materials. Ideas for forts, cardboard boxes, socks, playdough, etc. with materials readily available at home.