Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Coops

We have a serious case of the "coops" (i.e. its cold as heck outside so we never leave our house). 

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Luckily a big box came in the mail to make a bean bag game out of….it cured the coops for at least 5 minutes.  How do you keep your kids entertained during the winter???  I’m running out of ideas….big time.

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38 comments:

BaileyGirl5 said...

Prettiest bean bags ever :)

Chris said...

Best game...hullabaloo. Perfect for young kids. A few years ago we were snowed in for Christmas...like a tractor had to come and pull the drifts out of our driveway snowed in. They played for a good two hours.

Lara said...

DVDs. And relay races around the house.

shez said...

What a great idea,my grandchildren play a lot of sports games on the wii which keeps them entertained for hours.
cheers shez
http://shez-enjoyinglife.blogspot.com

Kari said...

Bean bags! Of course! Brilliant!
I'll be using that one on Monday. Thank you.

piecemealquilts said...

When I was a kid I loved to build forts out of card tables, sheets, books, clothespins and a box fan. The easy version involves draping the sheets over a card table or two, clipping the sheets together with clothespins. For a more challenging but more fun version, use books to anchor the sheets to the floor, clip a section of sheet to the handle of the box fan, then turn the fan on. The sheets blow up into a bubble. It was always good for an hour or two of play for me. I'd furnish my fort with pillows, make up secret passwords, and play all manner of "let's pretend."

rilojane said...

I'm a big fan of making things from as scratch as possible when I need to kill time.
And can I just say... Minute To Win It. Go to
http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/how-to/
If you're not familiar with it, they're challenges you can do with household items. Stuff like stacking golf balls on their dimples, or resting an egg on a light bulb by using a little salt or sugar (It's really possible!!!).
And if that doesn't to it for ya'...
...the groundhog said early spring!

Heather said...

My son has been coloring all over our box that came in the mail last week. What a great idea for a bean bag toss though. . . we need something else to change things up.

Jacqueline said...

Scavenger hunt... It used to be a mud pit in our front yard and my mom would only let us go to and from the car using the ply wood walk. I kinda miss the look on her face when we would 'oops' and come in all muddy... hahahahahahaha And when we bickered (screamed, yelled, said mean nasty things) we would have to do a 'stare-off' - we would have to sit facing each other in chairs with backs and our knees had to be touching. We would then have to say ten nice things about each other. Those got a bit silly... from nose hairs to earlobes to toenails... we complemented it all... I wish you GOOD LUCK! with the Coops.

Melissa said...

What an awesome idea! Beanbags and a box. I think we're getting more snow soon so it'll be in the line up.

Katie @ Hippos and Dinosaurs said...

Beans!! A small rubbermaid box of 15 bean mix and some measuring cups, bowls and spoons and I've got happy kids for at lest 30 minutes. Until my two year old inevitably starts throwing them. But it's quick and easy clean up with a broom.

And flashlights. They LOVE to have flashlights, wandering around the house looking for dark corners or hiding out in the dark laundry room.

Erin @ two more seconds said...

Mason's sitting here next to me as I surf blogs and when he saw that picture he's like "MOM! We HAVE to do that tomorrow!!!" ;]

Brooke said...

I know! Cold weather can wear out my creative streak! Here's my bag of tricks.....

Play in a bubble bath with measuring cups, strainers, spoons, and other fun stuff from the kitchen.

String popcorn for the birds.

Homemade play-doh.

Make pipe cleaner people. Then get really crazy and make clothes for them out of fabric scraps. (Bet you don't have any of those.)

Rip/cut construction paper or fabric and use glue to make collages.

Books on tape from the library. Make a cool tent under the kitchen table to listen to the story.

Make the world's longest paper chain.

Lately we've been in the kitchen baking a lot. Problem is, I'm the one eating all the goodies. Clearly this plan is going awry! :-)

Good luck, and hope a warm streak hits soon!

Andra Gayle said...

We were out of school because of weather for the last three days and my kiddos spent most of that time on the computer. However, they did get bored enough to clean their own rooms-my son without being told to do so! Good luck keeping them busy!

sandra said...

we make play-dough... messy but FUN! GREAT idea, we'll have to make some beanbags.

Within A Quarter Inch said...

I yell a lot and give them snacks and then we cuddle and then i usually yell some more... Maybe tomorrow I will yell less and find that recipe for play-doh yeah; right

Leanne Harvey said...

We are in Australia and have had 6 days of over 110 degrees. So we have had the opposite coops to you. We have been inside with the air con on flat out 24/7. We have even had to move all our bedding down stairs to sleep. It's aweful.
I have no remedy for the coops other than trying to keep the kids seperate so they don't get on each others nerves. Computer games, Wii and Lego all go down well.
Good luck staying sane......

My Love is..... said...

wow Im loving this idea... we have the opposite cabin fever to you...way to hot to do anything...might give this bean bag game a whirl tomorra...5 mins is better than nothing :)

zwergenzwirn said...

Good idea! For some more: I'm having a weekly "craft studio" with my neighbour for our 2 and 3-year-olds, maybe you want to have a look for inspiration?
www.zwergenzwirn.com

Lei B. said...

Cool idea. I am going to give this one a try. My son will just love this. Thanks!

Jacqueline deRuyter said...

That looks like fun! I can't take credit for this idea (I read it on Laura Gunn's blog) but she filled her bathtub with buckets of snow and the kids played with it for hours! Until it melted I suppose!

crickets said...

At holiday time I ask gift givers to give my children age appropriate craft kits, whether handmade or store-bought. So, when the inevitable snow-day happens, we are prepared. My 7 yr old has been doing mosaics, and crayon rubbings, and she with her 2 1/2 yr old brother are stamping cards, making valentines, painting (yea, messy, but creative). I even got them to sort my fabric scraps by color (great game for teaching my son his colors and keeping my girlie interested in fabric art!)

Hadassah said...

i was given this website, as boston has had a major snowstorm every week:

http://fun.familyeducation.com/hobbies-and-interests/games/33380.html

i have an almost-2-year-old, but it looks like there are other ideas depending on age.

we're going stir crazy, too!

Jan Marie said...

Are you still adding to the craft links? I could not figure out how to add? I just found your site and have spent hours looking at tutorials etc. fun stuff.

Stephanie said...

I know the feeling. We are on the 6th day of not going any where (except one trip to Walmart). We live in Tulsa now and are dealing with the poor snow removal process.

We do a lot of crafts, build tents, make a pile of all the blankets and pillows in the house to jump into, make cards for people, and I've been thinking about making snow icecream

quiltypleasuresonline.net said...

For us - baking baking baking! A few weeks ago we made bread rolls that the kids cut out with cookie cutters, and today we made fairy cakes :-)

Good Luck!

Leigh

Jodie B-C said...

We go all out for a "camping" trip in the living room. We must dress appropriately, pack our backpacks with all necessary toys, pitch our "tent", pack camp food complete with an orange-slice camp fire! This can certainly be drawn out to an all-day excursion! Oh...don't forget to make your maps for all of your adventures during the trip. We had to use flashlights to find our way back to our bedrooms at bedtime!!

Louisa said...

I think activities that keep you moving like an indoor obstacle course or having a dance party are good remedies for the coops. It's hard not to have an opportunity to get the wiggles out. One favorite activity of the kiddos in my life has been playing with a box of buttons.

Nancy said...

You could teach them to knit or crochet, my mom started teaching us as very young children. I think that in today's world we hold kids back. Think about your great-grandparents times they were taught to do a lot at a younger age. Breading fabric strips that can be sewn into a hot pad or rug.
Good Luck and keep us posted. Nancy R

Deputy's Wife said...

This time of year is extremely hard! I always have a difficult time coming up with things for my three boys to do. Though, sometimes they need to be creative and occupy their own time too! Something we do at least once or twice a month is go to the Y in a neighboring town to swim for the afternoon. It's a great break from all the cold!

Melissa said...

Ugh! I hear ya! We watch way too much tv right now. I'm so tired of all the normal games that we play 20xs a day - choo choos, basketball, coloring, repeat. I've been making us get out of the house and walk at the new indoor track on campus. Its pretty fun for Soren because you can watch the students gym classes below while walking. I don't know if Ben will sit in a stroller for you, but its been a great break for us. I usually meet my sister there a couple times a week. Let me know if you want to come.

Worknprogress said...

Although we haven't had to deal with cold like you are now, we've had to use these methods for keeping things quiet for a few days after recovering from being sick:

perfecting baking soda and vinegar volcanoes in the kitchen sink

alternatively, a little game known as "what dissolves?" in our house, using practically every ingredient in the cooking cabinet. (warning: not for the queasiest of stomachs.

a fort most definitely. made out of chairs and couches, and roofed with a pretty vintage sheet to keep the peace. :)

playing with trucks or dolls in the tub.

my friend has a great idea called a d.e.a.r. day. you go about your day and as a surprise, you occasionally call out "drop everything and read". this means you grab the sleeping bags (or nearest quilt in you case) and a well loved stuffie and your favourite book and you read for a certain amount of time.

we also get crazy sometimes an allow painting on the windows with washable paint.

good luck!

Jilly said...

I think most of our favorites have been mentioned already. Except maybe pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks. SEriously, my boys will play for hours stinging pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks into robots, people, long ropes for their guys to climb up and down, etc, etc

Also, Lego and Playmobil. They will spend HOURS playing with those two toys.

Have you tried taking out all those quilts from your quilt closet and let them do whatever (be ghosts, make forts, throw them over each other's heads, scatter them all over the floor, go camping under them . . .

Wrestling works for my two boys, too. The rules are no kicking or punching, only pinning. It gets their energy out without letting them actually hurt each other.

Frances Williams said...

Open the dishwasher and paint on the inside of the door! It's easy clean-up, just close the door and run a cycle :-)

Sleepless In St. George said...

plastic cup towers....I got a big bag of plastic cups and my kids spend hours building towers and knocking them down!

Jen said...

Is it possible to just bundle up and head outside for the afternoon? That's what we do here in Wisconsin.

leigh said...

I've been having the same problem with my 3 year old (the older boys can usually find something to do.) Thanks for the bean bag idea! Maybe he'd like to help me make some new beanbags.

Becky Gonce said...

Peanut butter playdough...

pb, powdered milk and honey till the consistancy of playdough...
it is yummy too!

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