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Winter Fun Ideas

Right on schedule the Winter has arrived and the weather is cold and dreary, days are shorter and the kids are bored.  So what does that mean?  It's time for you to have some FUN with them indoors.

Fun things to do in the winter with kids are listed below:

 

Polar Bear Cupcakes
Compliments of Family Fun

Ingredients

Vanilla cupcakes, 1 regular and 3 mini
White frosting
Shredded coconut
3 large and 2 small White Gumdrops
2 Junior Mint Candy
Chocolate chips - 4 regular and 4 mini

 

1. First, frost the top, sides, and bottoms of both a regular-size cupcake and a mini cupcake with white frosting. For each cupcake, frost the bottom first; then use a fork stuck into the bottom to hold the cupcake while you frost the rest of it.

 2. Roll the cupcakes in shredded coconut; then, working on waxed paper, set the cupcakes on their sides with the top of the smaller cupcake stuck to the bottom of the larger one to form the bear's head.

3. Add 2 horizontal slices from a large white gumdrop for ears, a Junior Mint candy for a nose, and 2 chocolate chips for eyes. For each cub, frost a mini cupcake and a large gumdrop, then roll them in coconut and arrange them on their sides as shown. Add 2 horizontal slices from a small white gumdrop for ears, a chocolate chip nose, and 2 mini chocolate chip eyes.
 

 

No-sew fleece pillow

You can make a great throw pillow.

This is an awesome project that I did with my Girl Scout troop.  We used vibrant colors with a pattern on one side and a coordinating solid color on the other side.  We used  pillow filler rather than a pillow form and they turned out great.  Just make sure you use enough filler and get in all of the corners.  It does take some time to tie all of the knots so you may want to allow a few takes to do this project so that the kids do not get tired.

Materials Needed
Fleece fabric (when choosing the fabric consider the colors in your house)
Scissors
Ruler
White pillow form or you can use white pillow filler
Iron on letters or Fabric paint


Measure fleece fabric to the desired dimensions, then add 4 in. to your measurements for all four sides to allow for the pillow’s fringe. Cut two identical-sized panels out of the fleece, according to your measurements.  You can use the same fabric or a different color on each side.

Hold both fleece panels together. Cut a row of 1-in.-wide vertical strips along one side of both fleece panels. Repeat for all four sides.

Tie knots along three of the four sides of the fleece panels by tying one vertical strip (from the fleece panel on top) together with one back strip (from the fleece panel on the bottom) and knot tightly.

Three sides of the fleece panels should be closed, creating a pocket. Tuck the pillow form or the white filler into the pocket.  Now knot the remaining fleece strips on the last side to close up the pillow cover.

Personalize it with fabric paint, ribbon, or button if desired.   

 

Fleece Scarves

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Craft Materials

7 by 60 inch rectangle of colored fleece
Scraps of fleece in contrasting colors for decorations
Scissors and pinking shears
Needle
Embroidery floss in assorted colors

1. Have each person choose a motif -- perhaps one shown here -- or a brand-new design you've thought up together.

 2. Cut out the shapes you'll need to create it from the scraps of fleece. For example, a night scene might consist of several stars and a crescent moon. Or you can use 2 circles for a snowman's body and head and then add a hat and other distinguishing details.

3. Experiment with where to place your cutouts on the scarf (we decorated a 12-inch portion just above a lower edge). Use the needle and floss to attach the pieces with single stitches knotted by hand. One stitch should be enough to hold smaller pieces (such as a flower or snowflake).

4. Larger pieces (such as the crescent moon) may take 2 or more. Trim the ends above each knot to the length you desire.

5. Fringed Finale: For fringe, make a series of 4-inch snips in the scarf bottom. Then tie an overhand knot at the top of each strip.



 


Other Fun Ideas

  • Fill a spray bottle with colored water and write or draw in the snow.
  • Go sledding
  • Take them Ice Skating or Bowling
  • Make hot chocolate
  • Have a movie day,  snuggle up together on the sofa and watch a favorite movie.
  • Go on an excursion to a local museum
  • Have an indoor picnics.  Helpers will love to decide on the food, make the sandwiches, pick a location in the house and then put out a blanket.
  • Go to story time at the local library and/or bookstore.
  • Create a fort with blankets draped over furniture -- make sure there is room for more than one person.
  • Create an obstacle course.  Have them jump, crawl, hop, and walk over and under things. 
  • Board games are always a great way to pass the time
  • How about teaching them to juggle?
  • Balloon animals was always a favorite in my house.
  • Make a home video -- have the kids put on a show and film it.  They will love preparing props, doing the skit, and then watching it over and over again.
  • Build with Legos or blocks.
  • Have a tea party. Set the table with tea cups, select a dessert (muffins, scones or cookies), invite some guests (favorite doll, teddy etc... and enjoy
  • Make chocolate covered pretzels
  • Prepare a snow meal. All food should be white. For example chicken in an Alf redo sauce, mashed potatoes, apple slices, milkshakes and our polar beer cupcakes for dessert.  Cut out paper snowflakes for placemats and use white or clear dishes.
  • Make  a house/fort out of a big box.
  • Have a scavenger hunt.
  • Make your own icicles. Puncture a very small hole into a hanging container, fill it with water, then leave it slowly dripping over night. The next day you should have your own icicle.
  • Play snow golf --  carve out holes in the snow -- and start the game.

    If all else fails leave the cold behind and book a vacation to a family friendly island resort!!!