With the warm weather dying down and the cool weather moving in, it’s time to rev up for that time of year: when the kiddos get sick. When you’ve been cooped up for days, taking care of a whiny (who could blame them?) child, EVERYONE starts to get a little stir crazy. Is little Johnny feeling better, but he’s still too goopy to hang out with others? Well then, here are some ideas for getting out of the house, but still not exposing others to your child’s germs.
10. Pick Flowers
If you don’t want to take advantage of your child’s new found energy (heaven forbid you get out of the house only to get them sicker), take a stroll around your block. Pick flowers along the way, come home, and arrange them in a vase. It will brighten your kiddo’s day to see a splash of color to what, at this point, may be dreary surroundings.
9. Make a Fort–Outside
Don’t worry about getting the sheets, comforters and pillows dirty and let Mini Me bring them outside. Drape them over the outdoor furniture and voila!, you have a fort to play pirates or a cozy den to read in. A twist to this would be to pitch a tent to play and relax in.
8. Create a Chalk City
This idea is mentioned on Breezy Does It as well–grab some sidewalk chalk and draw a “city” over the driveway or patio. Then, bring out the Matchbox cars, Little People, etc, and set up a city. Imaginations will soar.
7. Make Some Paper Airplanes
Create some high flying competition with paper airplanes. Make them in the backyard or go to a nice, grassy area and fly them. Don’t know how to make paper airplanes? Amazon has a ton of books which will teach you–click here to take a look.
Nothing says outdoors better than a picnic. Find a beach, a nice grassy park (with no play equipment—remember you’re not trying to get others sick), a hiking trail, or your own backyard. Spread out the blanket and enjoy PB&J’s a la fresco. Ahhhh, breathe in the fresh air.
5. Car Wash
Find a car wash where you can drive through and stay in the car. Nothing fascinates the kiddos more than seeing water sprayed and soap squirted at them. The finale being trying not to get “blown away” as the heavy duty fan dries your car off.
4. Puzzle it Up
Working on a puzzle is a great project to do together. Instead of working inside, on the floor, take it outside and work on your deck or card table.
3. Visit Your Local Animal Shelter
Take the kids to your local animal shelter and say hello to the pets. Most are outdoors, which is great for the germ factor. There’s also a variety of animals—dogs, cats, rabbits, etc, all of which (usually) love a good pat.
2. Go for a “Run” on the Beach
If your child is well on the mend, and you live by the beach, take advantage. My family loves to comb the beach for treasures during the cold months—it’s usually empty and we feel like we have the entire place to ourselves.
1. A New Art Project
Your local craft store usually has a children’s section filled with fun projects. Have your hubby pick one up on his way home from work—you could work on these for a few days, which would be a great time sucker.
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