Even if you are reading from a usually warm location (Florida for example) you have been experiencing some extremely cold temps. Well, here in North Carolina where you can wear a parka one day and shorts the next, we have been freezing! All of that freezing cold weather has meant a few things for us. Schools have been closed due to the fact that our buses aren’t equipped for extreme cold temperatures and tiny bus riders are also not equipped for standing in that cold. For us that has meant finding creative ways to spend our times indoors. There have been many dance parties, train tracks connected, books read and technology usage.
One of Davis’s favorites has been the new HP Slate 7 Plus we were sent a few weeks ago. It has been a cinch for me to download free educational games for Davis as well as hop on and check my emails. Because the Slate works with Google Chrome I just logged in and had virtually everything I needed at my finger tips from the get go. It is light enough to take anywhere and stash away in my purse, but it is also the perfect size for little hands. Davis has laid claim to this tablet and it seems to be working well for him. So far, it has traveled with us to restaurants, car trips, running errands and more.
The Slate is also a cinch to wirelessly print with. I can find cute DIY ideas from the couch and print them off the instant I find them. We have even found a few cute printable for Davis to print out. The HP Slate 7 Plus also includes a front a rear camera. While the resolution isn’t professional quality, it is fun for Davis and can be great for a quick picture to snap while you are in the moment. Sometimes the best pictures come from spontaneity. It is also nice that this tablet has the ability to multi-task. How many of us busy mommas can relate to that? A tablet with our brain! 🙂 The best part is the price: $149.99.
25 Things for Kids to Do On a Cold Day
1. Hot chocolate and a good movie
2. Print off these Woodland Animal Finger Puppets and create a landscape to play
3. Drink homemade lemonade out of these Mustache Straws
4. Make these Vanilla Scented Bubbles and watch them freeze outdoors
5. Make the world’s longest train track and race those trains!
6. Pump up the volume on your favorite dance music and shake it like no one is watching
7. Have a DIY pampering session with a hot foot bath and a sugar scrub
8. Read books 1-20 of he Magic Tree House series (you will not want to put them down). Check them out via electronic library.
9. Download Light-bot on your tablet and be amazed as your child learns computer coding!
10. Make cool whip shapes for your hot chocolate and coffee and light a fire
11. Gather up your old crayon bits and make your own fun shaped crayons
12. Have Nutella and bananas? Make ice cream!
13. Take pictures of different things around the house based on the alphabet. Make it a game!
14. Finger paint with pudding or ketchup (less permanent mess and great when they are young)
15. Make a toilet paper bird feeder
16. Use a toilet paper tube for a train or car tunnel. Connect them for even more fun!
17. Build a fort using blankets, pillows and chairs
18. Make homemade slime
19. Make a cheerio necklace
20. Make a paper airplane and see who can throw it the longest
21. Paint pet rocks and decorate the window sills
22. Bake cookies and give them to an elderly neighbor (make sure to check on them during these cold times)
23. Write your own play and perform it together (make up a song and dance to add to the fun)
24. Read “On The Night You Were Born” and remind your kids how precious they are to you
25. Snuggle with mama… this one if my favorite!
What have you been doing to stay entertained during these cold, cold days?