4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Blow Bubbles OUTSIDE!

My son loves bubbles. So this whole concept of bubbles in winter should not have taken me so long. I didn’t think of it myself… I had to learn about it through my parents.com email subscription. My preschooler just did this experiment with my mother-in-law yesterday and it was a fabulous hit. When you blow a bubble in the winter the cold air causes the bubble to freeze so it’s not like in the summer when they blow away. They become a bit more solid, still very delicate yes, but it’s something my son marveled at for a good 30 minutes. Let’s be real when have bubbles ever been entertaining for that long?

Bring Some Snow INSIDE!

Snow inside? I know what you’re thinking… ‘Gurl, you’re crazy!’ But hear me out. You walk outside and scoop a few scoops of snow put it in a bin and your kids can go wild. Just lay it on a towel and the cleanup basically takes care of itself. Also, you get to sip your coffee in peace, because this is unusual and super fun for them. It’s also baby friendly, I can attest to that! My one year old twins loved it. To make this idea more exciting no one actually has to go outside! No getting everyone dressed up, no wondering how cold their hands are, and no worrying about potty breaks. This is a solidly fabulous idea. Now, go try it and see how much you can relax or get done while they are thoroughly occupied.

Make Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

Double-boil some chocolate chips using a glass bowl. Glass cools down very quickly. Transfer the melted chocolate and the glass bowl to a safe surface with a towel laid out. Then let your toddler dip marshmallows in it! Use your marshmallows later for hot cocoa or just eat them after they’ve cooled completely!  If you want to go above and beyond mix them into your ice cream, trust me this will NOT disappoint, SO GOOD! Just make sure you mix them in really well.

Make a Marshmallow Launcher

This idea is a little risqué. You’re inviting your child to propel little sugar lumps around the house. Keep in mind that if you don’t find them all or if you miss a few during pickup you may find some ants feasting on it come spring time. 

To make the launcher tie a knot in the middle of a standard sized balloon. Wrap the open end around a paper towel roll that’s been shortened or a chunk of a sliced pool noodle. Fill the cylinder you’ve chosen with marshmallows and pull the knot taut and let go to see your marshmallows fly.

What are some things you like to do to relieve your cabin fever? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your ideas. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, facebook, and instagram so you don’t miss out on all the fun!

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