Friday, October 30, 2009

Longgggggggg Winter

This was the message on my answering machine the other day:
Hi Andi, it's Jenny. It's going to be a longggggg winter. I have an idea so give me a call.

When I called her I expected her to tell me of great plans to move us all to a warmer climate... Wishful thinking? No, I love the seasons too much to move south. Her idea was to compile a list of activities with supplies that can be pulled out at any time. This idea has been swimming around my brain the past few days. It hit me today, don't keep this between us, put it on here to share with others.

I'm sharing this with you on one condition, you share with me.

I know I can't make you share ideas, but I would SO appreciate any input from you!

Over the years of teaching and now being a mom I have collected many books and websites I turn to when I need ideas. With all of these resources overflowing from my classroom bookshelves and my online resources busting at the seams I don't have time to look for an activity when I have one, two or even three kids screaming from boredom. I need something fast that doesn't take any planning or preparation. I can only retain so much information so I think this post will be perfect.

I'm planning on making it a regular post. We'll see if I can get to posting ideas weekly but for now I'm aiming for twice a month. Subscribe to my blog so you don't miss any ideas and if you post a list of your own add it to Mister Linky (at the end of this post).

Long Winter Day Ideas

Shaving cream in a bag-- Buy the cheep bottles of shaving cream at the dollar store. Keep some gallon size zip lock bags with the can. Squirt some shaving cream in the bag, seal and squish! Sometimes I add a few drops of food coloring or a dab of paint. If you mix primary colors it doubles as a lesson for secondary colors and the effect white has on colors.

Water race-- Pull out a piece of wax paper, a straw and get a little water in a bowl. (You may need to tape down the corners of the wax paper.) Dip your fingers into the water and put a few drops onto one end of the wax paper. Start blowing the water with the straw. Once your child becomes a pro you can have races to see who gets to the end first. Here is a video for all of the visual learners! (Side note- this lady is AMAZING! Pull up her page any time for a song playlist your preschool kids will enjoy, which takes me to my next idea.)

Sing a song-- I know it sounds too simple, but it's not easy. When I'm trying to get seven things done at once and my kids are bouncing off the walls singing is NOT the first thing that pops into my head. While I have a lot of songs tucked away in my back pocket I still forget about them ALL. THE. TIME. Last week I spent a few days putting together a song book. I now have a binder with 40+ songs that my kids can look at and tell me what they want to sing. I put a distinct picture with each song so pre-readers can still pick.

Special box-- I have a box that I pull out when I need the kids to play with out my attention. It only comes out once in a while so it stays special and I change out the contents periodically. Right now there are some books that are related to current holidays and season, metal trays with magnets, a few foam puzzles, a magnet puzzle book, a few finger puppets, and Mini PlaySkool games: Don't break the Ice and Cootie.

I hope this gets your juices flowing. Link up below with your ideas and subscribe now to get updates in the future. Here is to an enjoyable winter regardless of the length!

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.


  1. LOVE this post and the idea of it! I'll link on one day this week. Looking forward to hearing everyone's ideas. I really like the Special Box.

  2. Haven't been on blogger in 4-ever..I will have to post some of my barely started list too!! 2 kids and 1 in the oven my brain is mush :P


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