Do you have kids who are out of school this week? Do you have family in from out of town? Here are some ideas for keeping everyone busy during the holiday weekend, especially if the weather is bad in your neck of the woods or if family members are sick and you need to stay indoors.
Idea #1: Make Balloon Animals
A few weeks ago, Aidan discovered that we had a package of long balloons, and he wanted to try making some balloon animals. Dad found some videos on Youtube and made Aidan a monkey! We had trouble with our cheap balloons popping, but the boys had so much fun watching the videos and watching Dad try to make the creations!
They used this video on making a balloon monkey, and here is how the monkey turned out. I was impressed! There are several other videos in the series. We used a manual pump for our air mattress to blow up the balloons, because although the man in the video makes it look really easy to blow up the balloons, it’s not at all!
Idea #2: Build forts with sheets and blankets
Idea #3: Play hide and seek with all the lights off (after dark, of course!)
Idea #6: Have a family Lego building contest. Find some candy or leftover pie for prizes. Possible building categories: silliest design, most number of blocks used, craziest car, tallest building, famous character, movie scene
Idea #8: Go on a walk and collect rocks. Come home and wash your rocks and sort and admire them. Or paint them and glue on googly eyes.
Idea #9: Make a paper plate marble track
Idea #11: Watch some vintage TV on Netflix. My boys have really been enjoying the old Dennis the Menace shows!
Idea #14: Dust off some board games that haven’t been played with in a while.
Idea #15: Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
Idea #17: Do a family read-aloud. We are reading “Caddie Woodlawn” right now, and it’s perfect for ages 5 up through 11 or 12. Hey, I’m enjoying it a lot myself.
Idea #18: Go for a walk in the dark with flashlights. Look for constellations while you’re out.