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 #4:  Shoot cotton balls with plastic fork catapults

Idea #5:  Make turkey coloring pages into superheros and characters

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 #7:  Make some turkey targets for Nerf gun shooting

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 #10: Buy some inexpensive winter hats and use felt to make them into monster hats

Idea #11:  Watch some vintage TV on Netflix.  My boys have really been enjoying the old Dennis the Menace shows!

Idea #12: Get ready for Christmas by making snowflakes out of Q-tips and glue

Idea #13:  Impress the kids by blowing up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar

Idea #14:  Dust off some board games that haven’t been played with in a while.

Idea #15:  Put together a jigsaw puzzle.

Idea #16:  Set up Lego minifigures in funny poses and take photos of them

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.

Idea #19:  Make some homemade playdough and find interesting things for stamping in it.

Idea #20:  Get started on Christmas gifts by making magnets out of vase filler marbles.


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  1. Naomi Nov 21, 2012

    Thanks for this list. I'm always trying to figure things out to do with my 4 boys. This list is perfect...I knew everything on it, I just didn't think about it.


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