Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 Favorites - Cabin Fever Favorites

Linking up with Hallie to share some of our tricks for surviving the winter!


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Screen time.


I've said it before, but I'll say it again...a little bit of screen time is not a bad thing! Everything in moderation. Ultimately, our goal is for all of us to be sane by the end of the day. If a little screen time helps us achieve that goal, then so be it!

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The occasional outing.


It can be an absolute pain to get out during the wintertime, but sometimes a brief outing is just the ticket! I don't know about where you live, but here in the Midwest we do occasionally get very nice days smack dab in the middle of winter. If you get 'em, use 'em! 

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Handmade toys.


I'm not talking about anything fancy here...the simplest of toys are often the most fun, and the novelty is what makes them appealing! This pictured play set was made for our preschool time but it's just the sort of thing I'm talking about. All I did was photocopy some pictures from one of our picture books, laminate them for durability (you could just print them on cardstock), and make little stands with an old cereal box. You can also make toys out of cardboard or paper or just about anything. Half the fun of these toys is just making them! They don't need to be sturdy or anything, and they can be played with for a few days and then tossed, if need be. Just have fun!

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Play food.


This might just be a personal preference thing, but we love play food. I love the Melissa and Doug playsets, but sometimes I just give Sister Stinky empty pasta boxes or other empty food containers to play with. It's always a hit!

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A fort.


This is a picture of our tent (made using the pattern this book) but really any sort of indoor fort will do. Blankets thrown over chairs work just as well as an actual tent, when it comes to fort making. I find that on a a particularly dull day, the promise of setting up a fort of some sort (a little home within your home) is sure to elicit a cheer from my preschooler!

What are your favorite tips for surviving cabin fever with little ones?







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