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10 Indoor Entertainment Ideas for Kids

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When we downsized our already small house 2 years ago, most people thought we were crazy.

We moved the last week of October but were so busy in the barns through the winter that the size of our house didn’t register.

10 Indoor Entertainment Ideas for Kids

Then summer came and my kids lived outdoors.

Last winter we had a new baby to occupy and distract us.

This year I will have a toddler, preschooler and 6 year old running around our house.

A house that basically consists of a living room, kitchen, and combined office/dining room (and a bathroom and bedrooms of course but we don’t typically play in those rooms).

To keep the walls from closing in over the winter months, I have taken some time to prepare activities and ideas.

Stock up on art supplies:

Paint, crayons, blank paper, paper plates, glue, scissors, fuzzy pom poms etc.

I’m not a crafty mom so I just set them out and let the kids decide what they want to do with them.

Have simple recipes on hand: 

A couple of my favorite kid friendly recipes are 5 ingredient chocolate chip cookies, peasant bread, or homemade mozzarella.

Print coloring/activity pages:

What interests your child?

I’m sure that you can search the internet and find some coloring pages to go with that interest.

Buy books at the thrift store and bring out a few new ones each week.

Get a science in the kitchen experiment book.

Get a new card deck:

Play Go Fish, Solitaire, Crazy 8s etc.

Movies and popcorn:

Some oldies but goodies are Captain Ron, Little Women, Star Wars, Pride and Prejudice, Finding Nemo (I’m not the only one that chants “just keep swimming” on a bad day, am I?).

Make kettle corn popcorn the old fashioned way, in a pot on the stove.

Act out a play:

Write your own or act out a favorite book.

It could be as simple as each person can read a line while sitting around the table or you could make costumes and sets and record the whole thing.

Or put on a puppet show if you don’t want to act.

Bookmark funny or interesting or beautiful videos on YouTube

Watch them on a cranky day. Here’s one to get you started about how kids react to an old computer.

Plan a camping trip:

Build a fort and camp out in the living room.

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Toddler DIY – Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts

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Welcome to the holidays, time for Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts.

Only this year, I have a toddler trying to help.

I went searching for kid friendly Christmas crafts and this is what I found.

I found the cutest ornament on Pinterest, so I figured I would give it a shot.

While I am putting the final result on my tree, this is totally a Pinterest fail.

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DIY Polish Star Christmas Ornaments

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My mother-in-law posted a link on Facebook the other day detailing how to make something called Polish Star Ornaments.

I watched the video and immediately fell in love with these easy, yet beautiful ornaments and thought how wonderful they would look on my Christmas tree.

Tradition of the Polish Star

In the Polish tradition of celebrating Christmas, the star has special significance.

On Christmas Eve the first star of the night is named “Gwiazda,” meaning “little star,” in remembrance of the Star of Bethlehem.

At the moment it appears, greetings and good wishes are exchanged.

Families then partake of the Christmas supper, “Wigilia,” the most carefully planned meal of the year.

Polish Star Ornaments

You will need the following supplies to make your Polish Star Christmas Ornaments:

  • A pen or pencil (to form the points)
  • Something sharp to poke a hole through the center of each piece of paper, I used a sewing needle, a toothpick would work too. If you use a compass to draw your circles, you can use that to poke a hole through the circles of paper.
  • Scissors
  • White Glue (to glue the points)
  • Jewelry Cord (to hold the pieces together, string, twine, ribbon etc. can also be used)
  • 2 Jewelry spacing beads, sequins, etc. (to keep the cord on both ends taught)
  • 5 Sheets of 8.5 x 11 Paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, printer paper, brown shipping paper etc.)
  • A Compass or object you can use to draw around about 4″ wide, I used a cardboard ribbon spool
  • A Compass or object you can use to draw around about 1″ wide, I used a nickel

Instructions:

1.  Use a 3″ – 4″ circle (I used a cardboard ribbon spool that is roughly 3.5″) and draw 4 circles onto a piece of paper. Next, use your .09″ – 1″ circle (I used a nickel) and draw the inner circle in the middle of the larger circle. Do this on the remaining pieces of 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper for a total of 10-20 large circles.  Or use the template found here.

2. Cut the larger circles out.  Then Fold the circle in half, fold a second time in half (1/4), then a third time in half (1/8).

3.  Open your circles up. In the center of the circle punch, use a needle, toothpick, etc. to make a hole.

4. Cut along the folds almost to the center, but not quite all the way. You can see in the photos below where the cuts are made.

5. Put a small dab of glue on the point of one tab, then wrap the tab around a pencil or pen hold in place for a few seconds so the glue sets, do this for all 8 tabs. You can also do this without using a pen or pencil as seen in the youTube video posted at the bottom.

6. Slip a spacer bead onto your jewelry cord halfway down the cord (you can also use string, twine, thin ribbon etc.). I didn’t take a photo of this, so I used the diagram from diohomeimprovements.com.

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3 Simple Halloween Crafts to Decorate your Home

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At TotsFamily.com we like to get crafty but we are also a very frugal set of people.

When Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store challenged us to create a #SpookySpaces tablescape we couldn’t refuse.

Our table consists of three separate crafts which together make a lovely scene.

Or you can make just one or two of the crafts and add to your existing decor.

Looking for more Halloween ideas?

3 Simple Halloween Crafts To Decorate Your Home

Framed Holiday Quote

I love framed holiday quotes because you can customize and reuse it for every holiday table scape you create.

I chose the phrase ‘BOO’ for Halloween and decided to just use 1 letter per frame so it really stands out.

You could also choose whole words or phrases for each frame.

Instructions

I drew my letters, cut them out and glued them to a piece of Halloween craft paper.

Next, I trimmed my Halloween paper down and taped it to the back of the mat that is included in the frame.

I then assembled the frame back together and it was done.

Easy and effective. (You can reuse the frames with new paper for each holiday, accordingly)

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