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Cabin Fever

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:

Put a sheet on the floor and pour out all the Legos and make cities, or start a big puzzle. This can last for hours. When your own knees or back wear out, get out a good book to read aloud while the kids continue.

Watch some good educational or classic movies while folding laundry or listen to books on tape while cleaning up after the in-house tornado.

Whatever you do, don't let the frustrations of cabin fever cause you to become unkind. Purpose to keep a quiet and kind tongue especially when you feel the need to explode. Remember, a soft answer turns away wrath - even yours. (Proverbs 15:1)

Gotta run - the kids are waiting for me at the game table!



Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor for TOS, editor of the Schoolhouse Support E-Newsletter, wife to Richard, and mom to seven gifts from heaven.  She loves digging for buried treasure in the Word, reading, writing, homeschooling, and dark chocolate!


Copyright 2008. Originally published in The Homeschool Minute e-Newsletter from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

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