Guest Post: Winter Boredom Busters

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It’s that time of year where we can be stuck inside the house, not knowing what to do. I am happy to share with you some of our family’s favorite things to do inside during these colder months. My kids love to be creative and hands on. These are our top boredom busters for the winter season!

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DIY Silly Putty

This is one of our favorite things to make because it is fun to customize. You can make it whatever color you like, and even add some sparkles!!

 

What You Need:FullSizeRender_2

  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Borax
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • Food coloring (8-10 drops for bright colored dough)

How To: 

  • Mix the 1/2 cup white glue and 1/4 cup cornstarch in a large bowl. Add the food coloring in and mix again.
  • In a separate bowl, mix 1/4-cup hot water and 1/2 tsp of Borax until it is dissolved.
  • Add it to the glue mixture and stir again. Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there and work the putty until it is no longer sticky. It may take some time to work together, but keep mixing until the mixture is nice and tight.

Voila! You now have Silly Putty!

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These are super easy to make and the kids can do this mostly by themselves. We made rainbow ones, but you could do all one color or however you’d like!

IMG_4414What You Need:

  • 4 Cork Coasters
  • Fabric Glue, or Hot Glue
  • Mini Felt Balls

How To:

  • Spread an even layer of the fabric glue over one side of the coaster.
  • If using hot glue, do in small sections.
  • Cover the Coaster with the felt balls, leaving no spaces.
  • Let dry for up to two hours before use.
  • You now have the cutest, most colorful coasters!

After all of that crafting, you may need some yummy snacks to hold you over. I’ve got you covered with some delicious snowmen treats!

Nutter Butter Snowman

Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? These make the perfect winter treat!

FullSizeRender_1What You Need:

  • 1 pack of Nutter Butters
  • 1 bag of White Chocolate Melts
  • Candy to decorate
  • Parchment Paper

Note this picture is what is needed to make BOTH Snowmen treats.

 

IMG_4409How To:

  • Melt the white chocolate in a small saucepan.
  • Dip each Nutter Butter in the chocolate, coasting completely.
  • Set on parchment paper to decorate.
  • Add desire candy to your snowman.
  • Cool in the fridge for 30 min.

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Snowman Pretzels

This treat is a multi step process, but my 12 year old can do it all by herself. These are best to make in large batches.

What You Need:

  • 1 pack of pretzel sticks
  • 1 bag of White Chocolate melts
  • 1 Cup of Chocolate Chips
  • Candy to Decorate
  • Parchment Paper

How To:

  • Melt white chocolate in a small saucepan.
  • Dip six pretzel sticks 3/4 of the way in the white chocolate and line side by side on the parchment paper.
  • Do as many sets of 6 for as many snowmen as you’d like, then let cool in the fridge for 20 min.
  • Melt milk chocolate in a small saucepan.
  • Dip the remaining uncovered pretzels in the milk chocolate.
  • Fully dip single pretzels and lay across horizontally to make the hat complete.
  • Add face/nose features

I hope you can enjoy these treats and crafts with your family this winter season!

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PS from Kristina- you can get more great winter ideas from Robyn via her blog, or her most recent appearance on News Channel 8! http://wjla.com/features/good-morning-washington/indoor-crafts-to-keep-kids-entertained-all-winter-long

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