Monday, January 22, 2007

Winter Activity Festival

Mornings are a bit touch and go depending on the day around here so I thought I'd get this up tonight.

Welcome to the Winter Activity Festival where we can share some of our new or old ideas for winter fun with our kids. We are sharing ideas for winter activities, games, or crafts for any ages. You know, the fun stuff that puts the sunshine back into these bleak days.

You can post on your own blog or leave your idea in the comments whatever you'd like. You also may leave as many ideas as you'd like to. If you post on your blog leave me a link in the comments and I'll update the links at the bottom of the post.

If you do post on your own blog your name will be put a drawing for a chance to win a can of peaches. One of the ones that we picked and then canned. I thought it might be a fun thing to add since today I got my first package in the mail from a fellow blogger and I just loved it! There's something about getting something from someone you've never actually met face-to-face that is really meaningful. Thanks Stephanie (Adventures in Babywearing!!)


I'm sharing a silly game that my son and I have made up over the last couple of weeks. It's something he likes to call Running High Five. And the title really does sum up the game pretty well, I sit on the floor with my arms out and he runs in circles around me giving high fives on each pass. Yeah, it always works out that I get to play the part of the stump on the floor! It works out well for a tired 11 week prego Mom!

We play with switching directions and counting the number of times he can high five in a row. He laughs most of the time and it usually ends up becoming a game of Mommy trying to catch and tickle him. He will ask to do this multiple times a day now and it will last for about 20 minutes or so with some hugs here and there for breathers. I've found that it gets out some of that - little boy pent up energy - quite nicely and ends up being great bonding time for us as well.

Can't wait to see what activities you have to share!

"Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do." Jean de La Bruyere

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Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

Hi Heidi,

My last comment just disappeared. And blogger has been refusing to open comments for the last ten minutes. argghh

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that my post is up. I linked to the festival and I gave my own tip too.

I will also be using your tip - I like to tire my son out. ;)

owlhaven said...

Hi Heidi, I'm putting some ideas up in the morning!


Robin said...

Good morning! I just wanted you to know that my post is up and I linked to you. I think the peaches were a great idea. Yum!

Stephanie said...

I have mine up too!

Running High Five sounds like a great idea. Well maybe just one child at a time. :)

I am picturing the three of them trying to do this. Oh MY!

Home canned peaches! MMMMM!

Anonymous said...

Ok, mines up!! I've linked to you too.

I'll have to remember that game for when the Beast is bigger! Sounds great!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I am so glad you got it ok! Hope you can stomach some good recipes soon!

Elizabeth said...

An ice fort is always a terrific way to have some winter fun. You take any kind of containers, fill them with water and food colouring and freeze them (outside or in the freezer) then put them together using water to freeze them together. See the process here:
And the product here:

Anonymous said...

My kids would love your high five game! I am putting an idea on my blog now. Thanks!

New Mama's Nest said...

Oh how fun! We've been crawling and chasing through tunnels around here lately... most days we keep busy cooking together, singing and dancing and such. Whipping up some home made finger paint and making a huge mess is high on the list of winter pick-me ups! This morning we dyed snow balls and played with them until we had a big melted mess!

Heidi said...

Elizabeth - that's a terrific idea I'll have to keep it mind!

Ashlee- dyed snow balls...hello you are so creative, what a great idea!

Thanks you guys!

Amy said...

Hey girl -
I'm always searching for things to do as well. Sometimes just going to the indoor playland at McD's is great. Other Mommies are always there and the kids always find a friend to play with. A cup of coffee and I'm set! We had a basement in MI that we did not finish and we used to go down there and ride bikes, play basketball, etc. Winter can be loooong with kids! I'm with ya girl!

Mike said...

Running High Five sounds fun. My 1-year old and I do a similar thing, except I use his blanket like a matador. He's the bull, and loves it.

Happy Winter Activity Festival.


Mamacita Tina said...

Hi, first time at your blog, lovin' it! What a great idea, I love reading other peoples' activities to keep their little ones entertained. Our winter is when we get to play outside, today is a high of 65 degrees F. Summer is when we mostly stay indoors, so I'll keep the ideas for then. Of course, using them now would be fun too. Thanks for having everyone share.