Dozens of ways to turn hurricane time into fun time with kids
you're stuck in Irene's path this weekend, most of all, we hope you're
safe! After that, here are a few of our favorite ways to spend your
electricity-free time hunkered down in close quarters with the family.
Apps and online games are no match in a storm for a good, old fashioned
board game. Dust off the Monopoly, Scrabble, or if you're lucky enough
to have one, the 3D Angry Birds game
If your craft closet is stocked (or you can make it to a Michael's
), you're in good shape--especially if you take a good look around our Getting Crafty archives
. A few highlights: the Moomah website
is a great resource for DIY projects with the kids. And there are great ideas in our post on 10 activities for a rainy day
. We also love this round-up of bunny-centric crafts
that are cute well beyond Easter, and you can make all sorts of puppet animals using that bunny pattern.
Crack a hardcover
The kids will love it if you crack open a new kids book
even the Wizard of Oz? It might be comforting for young children to imagine
the storm as something adventurous and not scary.
Hit the kitchen
Cooking with kids
is a great time killer if you've got the gas oven working. Or have fun
with what's in the fridge and the pantry--dig through your family-friendly cookbooks
or crack open those parenting magazines you have lying around for recipe ideas.
Travel, right from home
Look through all those toys you have designated for travel, which
just might find new life right at home. Our kids love toys like this mermaid magnet set
or this handy water-driven drawing board
which can distract them longer than you realize.
Put on a puppet show
! With an audience not distracted by phones ringing or emails beeping, your kids will be thrilled. Showtime, part deux
Open up the costume box
and put on a real show.
It's a draw
Quick, stock up on new printables while you still have power. A few good resources: Crayola Story Studi
o, HP Creative Studio
(also built right into their printer), and the PBS Kids website
2-D is underrated
! It's a craft and a performance piece all in one.
As long as you're thinking crafts, consider catching up on thank you notes
you've been meaning for the kids to write. Not only is this a good time
to feel grateful for being safe, if you're like us, you've got plenty
that are overdue.
-Liz + Delilah
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