Winter break is almost here and that means kids are going to be out of school looking for things to do during the winter school break. Some will settle for sleeping in, eating, sitting in front of the tube or staying connected with an electronic gadget of some sort. It's not exactly a parent's dream to have their kids sit around the house all day. Below are some great ideas to get your kids OUT of the house and away from media for a bit! Six inexpensive and fun outdoor activities for the whole family 1. Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is a low risk activity. You don't need to have any experience to snowshoe and it's an activity that is relatively inexpensive. It's also a great fitness workout even if you're snowshoeing on flat terrain. There are different types of snowshoeing so if you're an advanced snowshoer you can choose terrain that requires climbing. Make sure everyone dress in layers so they can remove layers as needed without losing too much heat. Make sure the clothing are … [Read more...]
Planning The Winter School Break with the Kids
I'm not a fan of the heat in Florida and I welcome the cooler air. We don't really get a 'winter' here. It's not too hot and it's not too cold so it's just right! However, cold weather or not--winter school break is almost here and I'm planning and preparing now on what activities my family and I can do. As a work at home, homeschooling mom, this means I have to adjust our schedules again. Re-adjusting your routine can put you in some kind of funk, but just remember it's only for about two weeks and your not going to be stuck in the house 24/7 because you are going to plan ahead! :) Early planning is the key to having a fun winter break with the kids. Like the 12 days of Christmas, plan your activities for the entire winter break. Give yourself room for unexpected happenings, but try to stick to the activity you have planned. Each day doesn't have to be filled with some fun event. You'll feel burned out and depleted of cash. Schedule time for relaxation and let everyone do their … [Read more...]
110 Creative Ideas to Keep Kids Busy WITHOUT TV, Technology, Media or…Dare I say it…Video games!
When spring break or summer vacation roll around, many parents may wonder what to do to keep their kids busy. These tips are great for any time of year, however, and a few will even work for winter! The reason I took the time to come up with one hundred ideas was to help parents connect with their children AND keep kids busy without using television and video games as a means of entertainment. I strongly believe that media, video games and television are terrible for kids...especially when over used by parents as a means of keeping their kids occupied. Sure, there are times it is OK or even a great thing... however, in this techno crazy time we live in, it is WAY overdone and kids do not even play or use their imaginations anymore! Anyway, use what works for you and your family. There are tips for just the kids, you with the kids, older and younger working together and family stuff too! Obviously, some are age specific and others gender specific. However, there are enough ideas … [Read more...]