Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Winter Fun

I think we're suffering from the winter blues. It may be a vitamin K deficiency, or the fact that we're total shut-ins because it's so stinkin cold outside, or that we're/I'm lazy and haven't made any playdates...Anyway, Quinn and I found a few crafts to keep us busy last week. First we made pinecone birdfeeders. Brett just carried our Christmas tree out the back and left it in the stand after the holiday so we wired our pinecones to the tree and this morning we had a handful of little bird visitors in the yard. Izzy and Quinner giggled with delight watching the birds. I think it'd be nice to keep the tree around on the patio every year and do this, we'll have birds to entertain the kids and a mature tree in the yard-dead or alive, at least it's something to look at!

Quinn and I also made these window clings, we found the idea on the Family Fun website. We just printed a pattern, put it in a page protector, traced it with glitter paint, and peeled them off to apply to the windows. I think we'll be working on some Valentines hearts too, these were super easy and good practice tracing for my little preschooler. Plus, it's something to decorate our blah house with now that the holiday decorations are down.

What have you found to keep your kids busy this winter? Post your ideas...we could use some...

5 comments:

Jessica G. said...

Super cute ideas! What kind of glitter stuff did you use?
(And I'm having a giveaway on my blog...you should enter!)

Rupper Family said...

Jess, we just used the Tulip brand colored & glitter fabric paints, you remember the "puffy paints" we'd use on t-shirts back in the 80s? Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. They come in little bottles by the plain t-shirts at the craft store, or Walmart if you're unlucky enough to live in a town without a craft store like I am.

Chambers Family said...

Hey Wendy, Sorry I didn't follow through with the playdate. Next week would be really fun! You are so creative. I feel like I spend all my juices on Primary...But I would love to have Quinn come over and play. Braden would LOVE it!

Jaime said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know (no kids of my own yet, but I'm a preschool teacher) that if you get some contact paper and some sharpies your kids can make a less expensive version of the expensive wall transfers.
-Jaime

Krystal said...

Hey Wendy! I just came across your blog - I've had so many opportunities to ask if you had one, but it never crossed my mind! I love the window cling idea. I am always looking for new things to do with Addyson. As far as ideas for you.....I am suddenly drawing a blank, but one of Addy's favorite things to do is put shaving cream on the counter and she draws shapes and letters into the foam. She loves it! I just have her wear an apron and the mess get wiped away with a cloth when she's done. Plus, it leaves the house smelling fresh :)