Finding things to entertain your children through the long winter months, especially those that are very active outdoors when it’s warm, can be challenging. So why not think inside your box and have a camp in. I’ve not met a kid yet that cared if their s’mores were made over a campfire or in an oven; chocolate and marshmallows are good either way.
Here are a few ideas on how to set the stage and enjoy some family time:
Campfire: Most of us have one built right in; it’s called a fireplace.
Sleeping arrangements: For young kids, pitch a tent in the living room, the kind that pop to life. For everyone else, arrange sleeping bags on the floor.
Ghost stories: Leave the television off for a night and tell ghost stories to each other. And if you just must have the television, make it a movie night without cell phones or computers.
Goodies: Serve all the same things you would if you were outside: hot dogs, marshmallows, hot chocolate, popcorn. You can vacuum tomorrow.
Night sky: Pick up those peel-n-stick stars that glow in the dark. I know what you’re thinking, “I’m not putting those on my living room ceiling.” Don’t peel off the backing, instead use some double sided tape or a hot glue gun to attach them to the ceiling and they’ll pull right off with no damage in the morning.
Breakfast: Don’t let the fun end as soon as the sun rises. Have breakfast together and leave the outside world at bay as long as you all can resist.
Stop and enjoy the season and your children. It will change and they’ll be grown before you know it.
By Kim Byers