06 Feb 2014 No Comments
When I found out a few days ago that we were going to be getting 10-12 inches of snow for two days straight and that school was cancelled, my first reaction was “Oh no!” Now, don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my children but we (I mean me) get cabin fever if we stay in the house for too long. I knew that if I was going to get excited about staying indoors with the kids (18month old and almost 4 year old) I had to come up with a plan and write a schedule (it must be the teacher in me).
In the past few months we have been taking more and more toys out of the play room and moving it downstairs to the basement. Mainly because we wanted to declutter the room and make sure there were no choking hazard toys for our little girl. Plus, puzzles, blocks and toys with loose pieces seem to get lost or thrown all over the place, causing a big mess! That meant that many of my sons building toys, puzzles and games have been “out a sight, out of mind” for a while now. So once the kids were in bed Monday night, I went downstairs and brought up a bunch of toys/games and set them in an organized fashion on the dinning room table.
Top pic: Legos, blocks, building game, Magna-Tiles
Here was our schedule for the day:
7:30 Breakfast and Skype Date with Grandma (who lives far away). She just sent my son a book so he was opening the package in front of her
8:00-9:00 Play room time (The kids play mainly with the toy kitchen and push dolls in the strollers and shopping cart. They also look through books and push their trains and trucks around the room)
9:00-10:30 Nap Time for my little girl
9:00- 10:30 Zingo and Baking: Zingo is a game where you quickly match the tiles to a game board. He has become so fast at picture recognition and wants to play this game over and over.
I just got a tortilla press so we decided to make tortillas for lunch
10:30-11:30 Lego/Building/Matching Game/Puzzle Time
11:30-12:30 Art Projects
12:30-1:00 Lunch Time: Corn tortillas with spanish rice, cashew cheese, black beans, tomatoes and avocado
1:00-3:00 Nap Time for kids means mama gets to work and shower
3:00-3:30 Snack Time-Making “Snow Ice Cream”: Collect fresh snow in a bowl, add some coconut water, coconut sugar and a splash of vanilla
3:30-4:00 Yoga/Turn on music for “Dance Party”
4:00-5:00 writing/drawing/playing with magnets on the dry erase board while little sis plays with the Alphabet Light Up game. This is how I occupy the kids while I make dinner
5:00-6:30 Dinner and bath time
6:30-6:45 Read two stories and sing songs
6:45 BED TIME….good night! Mommy and Daddy Time starts now!
Please don’t think I am always this organized (or scheduled), this was just a way for me to keep my sanity and look forward to a few days at home with the kids
What are your favorite indoor activities? How do you keep sane during “snow days”?