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10 things to do indoors when the kids are out of school

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When school is closed for a teacher workday or there's no school because of weather, it can be challenging finding things to keep the kids busy, especially if they are cooped up indoors.

If you don't want the whole day spent in front of a television or computer screen, find some screen-free alternatives to add to the mix. You'll find coloring sheets, worksheets and games for all ages at ApplesForTheTeacher.com.

Here are 10 ways for the kids to keep the kids busy indoors when there's no school.

Bake something yummy. Pull out your recipe collection and find a recipe for cookies, brownies or candy. Make something fun for dessert after dinner.

Get crafty. Get out the paper, scissors, markers, paints and other craft supplies and turn the kids loose. Let them make cards, pictures or paintings to save or share with others.

Clean and organize. If your house could use a little clutter-busting, let the kids work together or separately organizing a room or two. If your house is tidy, let the kids dust, vacuum or mop in the house.

Play board games. From Candy Land to Monopoly, the kids will have a blast playing board games together. Play a family favorite, try a new game or make up your own.

Watch a movie together. Be sure to pop some popcorn first to enjoy as you snuggle together on the couch. Turn the lights down for the feel of a movie theater.

Have a fashion show. Dig deep into the back of the closet and find some clothes that haven't been worn for a while. Let the kids try them on and see what fits. Pull out the dress-up box and let the kids mix and match items.

Build something. Use various sized blocks or Legos to build a tower or castle. Build a racetrack to use for the Hot Wheels cars.

Practice writing skills. Write letters to friends and family who live out of town. If your child is still learning to write, practice letters and numbers.

Make a meal together. Pull out the cookbooks and try something new. Check your ingredients to be sure you'll have everything you need.

Have a party. Invite neighborhood kids over for a fun day. Let the kids decide together what games or activities they want to play together.

Plan ahead for school's out days. With lots of fun indoor activities, you can keep the kids busy all day from morning to evening while creating memories together.

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