Wednesday, Dec. 20th 2017

Winter Break Ideas: Keep Your Kids Busy and Maintain Your Sanity

Post written by Angie Geer, Bean Counter | Proud Mama | Doting Wife | Cooking Enthusiast | PTA Volunteer (Sucker)

For Thanksgiving break, my 11-year-old daughter said, ”I want to have as many sleepovers as possible over my 5-day weekend!”

Ok, sure, that’s mommy’s top priority for sure! I then cringed a little thinking about what their number one entertainment option has been these days.

If she makes any more slime with her friends I think I’m going to lose my mind!

All of my Tupperware and mason jars have gone rogue, my hallway bathroom has become her personal lab, and it’s just simply gross to watch them handle that goopy mess, especially when I see it fall on the pet-hair laden carpet. I can’t believe all of the weird items she’s ordered online for her different concoctions.

Slime 1And now…here comes Winter Break. Twelve glorious days of child boredom and parental insanity.

I’ve got to find some alternatives to the usual slime production, YouTube videos, and iPad staples.

Obviously we can’t be out and about on the town exploring events the whole time. Parents still have to work and we need our cash reserves for holiday gifts.

Let’s take a peek at some fun ideas I found on the Good Housekeeping website for the kiddos to do at home that won’t break the piggy bank.

Folded Paper Bracelets

Bubble Painting

Origami Frogs

Slime 2Flight School

Crystal Names

Rainbow Bubble Snakes

Hopefully this reduces the amount of nagging I’ll get because they’re bored, complaining of a dead battery and lost charger, or whining because the Wi-Fi is too slow.

These ideas are super cute and look pretty simple depending on your age group. Your only challenge now is getting them to clean up when they’re done. Guess you’ll have to pull out the good old ‘Elf on the Shelf’ card on this one.

Best wishes for a peaceful winter break!

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