School has been canceled due to the snow. What are some indoor games or crafts I can do with the kids?
-Emily N., Cranston, RI
Fortunately, much fun can be had in spite of the inclement weather, and for virtually no cost. It just takes a little creativity.
- Indoor hopscotch is an easy, fun way to use up surplus cardboard. Cut up old cardboard boxes or even soda can cartons into squares. Use markers, crayons, or paint to write the numbers. Or be extra eco-friendly and make number cut-outs from scrap paper or magazine pages.
- Cut paper snowflakes out of scrap paper. Follow instructions for classic-looking snowflakes, or make a contest out of coming up with the most unusual pattern you can create.
- Make some music by repurposing kitchen items. Turn over pots, pans, and containers to make drums. Pull rubber bands over variously sized Tupperware to make “string” instruments of different. A small container filled with rice or beans will serve as a shaker. Blow into an empty glass bottle to play it like a jug.
- Not so nimble with scissors? A really easy-to-make game is “I Spy” in a bottle. All you need is an empty water bottle, rice, and a few trinkets (such as small toys or buttons) that will fit through the mouth of the bottle. Fill the bottle with the rice and trinkets, and glue the cap back on. Don’t forget to take a picture of the objects to be spied. Or just let the kids write down as many different objects as they can find.