Tuesday, February 8, 2011

50 Boredom Busters...

Indiana was one of many states hit last week with over 3 inches of ice and accumulating snow. We were lucky we never lost power and faired better than many of our Chicago-land friends. However, I was NOT cut out for 4 consecutive days inside with my darling girls. To top it off I got this nasty cold/cough thing that was going around so my nights were about as painful as our long days were. The good news? We lived to tell the tale! Here's a listing of some of our Boredom Busters from the week, many we did last week, others were carried over from other hostage situations, but a good list anyway.

  1. Make Monkey Bread
  2. Finger Paint
  3. Play with Play-dough
  4. Have a tea-party themed hot cocoa party

  5. Play dress-up, pretend to be your favorite princess while watching princess movies

  6. Mix food coloring in bath water, see what colors you can make

  7. Collect a bucket clean snow and bring inside to play

  8. Collect icecles from outside and bring in to eat
  9. Have a dance party

  10. Make s'mores in the oven

  11. Make catepillars out of old egg cartons

  12. Practice letter-writing, scissor cutting, glue sticking or any kind of craft!
  13. Bead necklaces

  14. Count money in your piggy bank

  15. Skype with Aunt Cat

  16. Make Valentine's Day card

  17. Bake cookies

  18. Build forts

  19. Play 'school' setting all our dolls up for circle time and reading books

  20. Look through old pictures of mommy & daddy as kids

  21. Watch mom & dad's wedding video

  22. Make heart garland

  23. Bake "Heart Tarts" (not a fan favorite)

  24. Help mom organize toys!

  25. Compile info for taxes (mom's task)

  26. Have a dinner date with our neighbors

  27. Change all the outfits on the dolls--have them do a fashion show

  28. Build our train tracks off the train table and around the first floor of the house

  29. Watch videos of Addy & Lilly as babies
  30. Make a movie video
  31. Read LOTS of books (Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a current favorite!)

  32. Take pictures

  33. Shared popsicles with our friends

  34. Have a spa day--manis & pedis for everyone
  35. Watch A LOT of Dora the Explorer

  36. Wrap ourselves in toilet paper to pretent to be mummies

  37. Sign up for summer camp (yea!)

  38. Roll bouncy balls down the basement steps to see which one lands first (testing gravity)

  39. Squeeze our own orange juice

  40. Build pyramids out of our plastic cups

  41. Make an entire village out of our wooden blocks

  42. Paint cardboard boxes into our own houses

  43. Play super-hero's with pillow-cases as our capes

  44. Make colored pancakes with food coloring

  45. Schedule a winter get-away (Great Wolf Lodge--see you in 2 weeks!)

  46. Read blogs and let kiddos see all their online friends :-)

  47. Online shopping (mom's therapy)

  48. Host in indoor scavenger hunt

  49. Build inside snowmen with marshmallows

  50. When the ice begins to thaw and you are brave enough...head outside!


Anonymous said...

Well, I for one am absolutetly exhausted from all those activities! What an imagination( apart from the Dora movies!) I should think the girls will be thankful to resume their more normal social calendar----kindergarten,dance classs, lunch etc. I think it is great that you live next door to wonderful people like Scotty and Jake. Photos are fabulous---keep up the good work!!!! GaGa Ian

Anonymous said...

See...You are far more creative than you think. What a great list and I bet the girls had a blast. Attach the educational benefits to that list and you've got yourself a book. Love the pics!!!!
GaGa Jody

Laura and Jeremy said...

You survived! These are some great ideas. You'll definitely have memories from those days.

Jillian said...

I am exhausted just reading about all these activities! Glad you survived.