The school district here in Carpentersville decided to combine Thanksgiving vacation with in-staff teacher days...which results in the kids getting a nine-day break from school. The kids are horribly excited by this.
I'm a little less excited. One of my ideas had been to plan weather appropriate activities during this week. If it was warm enough, I could give them a few more biking lessons before snow made that impossible. Other warm day activities were hiking and playing outside with friends.
If it was too cold for biking, I figured they could play outside in the snow. Build snowmen, go sledding (there's a nice hill a block away). Lots of winter-type activities.
But rather, the weather decided to laugh at me. It's cold outside - too cold to ride bikes or play. But not cold enough for snow. Just cold enough so that the precipitation falling from the sky is a chilly, miserable rain. Too cold to play outside, too wet to play outside. We're effectively limited to the house.
So how do you entertain three active boys in a house that is barely 1000 square feet? I know most people would count on TV and video games, and they are allowed more of those than they would get on school days. However, I don't want my kids sitting glued to the TV all day long. So I have had to get creative and find things for them to do this week.
The first thing they are going to do is make cute thank-you cards for the gifts they recently received. I might also have them draw cute thanksgiving pictures to send to various relatives and friends. Some crafts can be done as well - we are decently stocked on craft supplies.
Of course, playing with the kittens is always a hit. Simply drag a string or throw a ball of tinfoil at the felines, and you have hours of entertainment right there.
We have a large bookcase, and two shelves are completely dedicated to board games (this doesn't include the DnD stuff, which fills an entire bookcase of it's own, plus a duffel bag full of miniatures). We also have a LOT of books, and will be going to the library on Wednesday to pick up more.
However, I still am already hearing "Mom, I'm boooored!"
Anyone have any new ideas for activities to keep these active boys busy?