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Moms Talk: Playtime During Cold Spells

Today's question deals with what to do with our kids during these frigid winter months.

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Today's question deals with the bitterly cold temperatures we've been having lately. 

"How can I keep my child entertained and busy without having to head outside in the cold?" 

Moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins, please feel free to leave suggestions for the above question in the comments box! 

Jennifer Bulandr February 09, 2011 at 07:50 PM
My son loves to play with K'nex and those are a perfect cold day activity. We also bake, read books, and when I'm feeling up to it creating an obstacle course!
Morgan Delack February 09, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Jennifer, good suggestions! I'm not a mom yet, but I used to be a nanny. When it was too cold to go outside, we'd often get creative indoors. Building forts in the living room, playing with puzzles and reading books is always a great option. Are there any moms out there who think it's never too cold to play outside? We'd love to hear from you!
Lee February 09, 2011 at 08:21 PM
While we try to not over-do it with the video games, we do use Wii Fit to get some exercise and play Beatles Rock Band together on days where it is hard to play outside. Painting and art projects are always fun, as well as baking. We also clean sometimes, but by making it a game. Put 3 bins in the playroom: 1 for keep, 1 for give away and 1 for throw away and then let the kids help decide what goes in each bin.
Melissa February 09, 2011 at 08:46 PM
I am one of those moms , Morgan - I try to get the kids out every day - there are very few days I would say are too cold to play outside, if only for a few minutes to look at icicles (I have preschoolers who love them), walk the dog or dig a snow cave. We went out today for about 20 minutes and their cheeks were red but they had fun, burned some of that endless engery and enjoy the hot chocolate treat afterwards. Sometimes if feels like it takes longer to get them dressed than we might stay outside, but it is worth it. A little fresh air does wonders for a break in the day! The many other hours can be filled with all the great suggestions so far that all ages can enjoy - reading, art, baking and cooking. I have a stash of new art supplies, including random things I've save that they can create with. My kids also love the bathtub. Instead of a bath before bed they sometimes have a fun bath in the middle of the day.

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