Saturday, December 18, 2010

Winter Traditions to Keep You Warm!

Living in the winter wonderland that is the Midwest, most of us are hunkered down with blankets and fires, trying to avoid the blustery wind outside.

Kids, however, don't feel the cold at all!  They can't wait for the snow.  When the flakes are just beginning to fall, they're outside as quickly as possible, ready for anything, especially a good snowball fight.

But when they finally come inside, we're all ready for a little warmth.  Here are a few ideas that don't involve kids running wild through the living room (although that can be fun, too):

  1. Enjoy a movie together.  Whether you go for something traditional, like It's a Wonderful Life, or something more humorous, like Elf, doesn't really matter.  Just be sure to set the scene--have popcorn and drinks and lots of togetherness.  Make the movie an event, not just a thing to pass the time.
  2. Read aloud.  Light a fire, make some cider, and choose a wonderful book--you can go for a classic, a kid favorite, a holiday story.  Again, the 'what' doesn't matter; it only matters that you do it together.
  3. Bake and decorate cookies.  Duh.
  4. For little kids: homemade playdoh.  This is easy, fun, and just a little messy. It's a great way to spend time together and have fun, while you're nice and warm inside1
Homemade Playdoh Recipe, courtesy of Mrs. Murphy, my neighbor from 10 years ago!
2 c flour
1 c salt
4 t cream of tartar
2 c water
2 T oil

Mix all ingredients in a pan.  Cook on low for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat & stir in food color.  Pour out onto waxed  paper and knead until ready (add more flour as needed).

Have fun!

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