Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cheap Fun: Winter

The holidays are over- the decorations have been hung (and possibly unhung), the gifts have been opened, but the kids are still out of school...have you heard this yet: “I’m bored”? If so (or even if not) here are a few quick ideas for after-holiday winter fun!

1. Involve your child in holiday un-decorating- Especially great for very young children, make a tradition of saying goodbye to the holidays by helping them put away special holiday decorations and ornaments. This will give closure to an exciting time of year.

2. Start a countdown to the next holiday- Groundhog Day is only a little over a month away, so why not start a countdown? In fact, why not make an entire calendar of the year’s holidays?!

3. Make a dried apple garlandThis is a fun craft for which you probably already have most of the materials. Bonus: It will make your home smell delicious!
  • Simply core & slice 6-8 apples into ¼” slices & soak in lemon juice for 6 minutes.
  • Pat dry with paper towel & sprinkle both sides with mixture of 8 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cloves
  • Bake in single layer at 200 degrees for 6 hours until completely dried & slightly pliable

String apples onto jute or other craft rope, alternating with fabric strips or holly sprigs. Hang and enjoy!

4. Go ice skating! Okay, so this one costs a bit, but what better winter activity?! Not only is it fun, but it’s a great way to help your little one start learning some heavy duty coordination! Tip: try googling a coupon for your local ice skating rink.

5. Make a Snow Globe - How magical to have your very own homemade snow globe! It’s super easy and requires only a few materials. Here’s a great tutorial.


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