Temperatures have plunged this week in Central Virginia. If you're like many area moms, you are trying to find ways to keep the kids entertained indoors since it's too cold to be outside.
Here are 10 ways to keep the kids busy this week. With overnight temperatures in the teens, daytime highs barely above freezing, and the possibility of another snow day on Friday, you may use all 10 of these ideas.
Celebrate the birthday of Frisbee. The Wham-O Company produced the first Frisbee on Jan. 23, 1957 and the rest is history. By 1977, over 100 million Frisbees had been sold. You can read the whole story at History.com.
It may be too cold for an outdoor game of Frisbee, but you can use your smaller disc golf discs to play a pick-up game of frisbee baseball in the den or basement. Set up three bases and home plate and toss your discs from base to base to score a home run.
Bake cupcakes for no reason at all and have a family party. Set up a decorating station and let the kids decorate the cupcakes. This will be good practice for Valentine's Day. Bring a plate to your next-door neighbors. Make your favorite foods and call it a family party.
Bring out the board games. Play Monopoly, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders or any of your family's favorite games. Maybe your child received a new game for Christmas. Now's the time to pull it out.
Make breakfast for dinner. Kids love breakfast foods and they're fast and easy to make. Pick chocolate chip pancakes or make heart-shaped french toast. Add bacon, eggs and biscuits and you're ready for dinner.
Create a digital scrapbook. Use photos from Christmas or from playing in the snow to make a scrapbook or photo book. Walgreens is offering 25 percent off photo books through Jan. 26.
Let your kids help make a healthy snack. Thread fruit chunks onto wooden skewers, cut cheese into funny shapes or make veggie animals. You can find lots of great ideas in the article below.
Plan your spring break vacation. Looking at warm, sunny places will take the edge off the cold. Maybe you want to go to Myrtle Beach or Disneyland this year. Maybe you're planning to stay in Virginia and want to try something new. Check out the link below for some spring break road trip ideas.
Have fun with a movie and popcorn. Pick an old family favorite or download a movie to your computer. It may be cold outdoors, but it's warm when you cuddle up together inside.
Let your kids make a tent fort. Pull out a folding table or use the couch cushions to set up a play area in the living room or den. Tell your kids that you used to make tent forts when you were a kid and see their eyes light up.
Have an indoor scavenger hunt. Hide small items around the house and give your kids a list. For preschoolers, draw pictures of the items instead.