By Deborah Wuehler
Here in California,
we are having rain and wind storms and colder weather than we are used to
during this time of year. Of course, this keeps the kids indoors. With everyone
in the house all the time, the inside of the house soon looks just as bad as
the storm battered outside! Couple that with trying to keep everyone
constructively occupied, and it's mom who's the one with cabin fever! So, after
getting chores and schoolwork done, we stop and have fun together whenever possible.
Then, we take a whole day off here and there just to clean up after ourselves.
Our favorite things to do indoors are these:
Board games like Blurt, Scrabble, Scattergories,
Balderdash, and we love Todd Wilson's board game called Bethlehem. Even after Christmas, we still
love to sit around with socks on our hands! It's a hilarious game, especially
for the younger ones!
Games you can play for free: Hangman: that age old game of
filling in the blanks with the missing letters.
The Dictionary game: each player takes turns choosing a
word from the dictionary and writes the real definition down. All the other
players write their own definition of the word. The player with the dictionary
reads all of the definitions while all the others vote on which is the correct
definition. Points are given for choosing the correct definition, or when
others choose your definition. If no one chooses the correct definition, the
reader gets the points. (In our Winter issue, we have an article outlining
14 games you can play with reference books!)
We sometimes get out the polymer clay and get creative
(regular clay for the little ones). This week, we have made our own
"goo" from borax and glue. Here is a link for that: http://www.kinderart.com/kitchen/silly.shtml