Friday, February 22, 2013

Healthy Kids- cold weather activites.

As we focus and work hard to keep ourselves healthy, we need to do the same for the next generation.

I don't know about your weather but mine has been cold.  I've taken my kids to the park dressed in snow clothes twice this past week, but we can't do that everyday nor do I think it healthy to do it more often until that chilly wind dies down.

So what to do?

Over the next few posts I hope to give you ideas to keep your kids, moving, active, burning energy, using their minds and keeping the screens off.

I bring you...Dino Eggs.  This idea I enhanced and build upon from kimboomu.
These bad boys made for two days of fun.  Easy and cheap to make.  All you need is cotton balls, water, flour, and food coloring.  Things we already have right?

 Mix 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water together.
 Add some food coloring.
 Coat your cottonball in the paste.

 Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
 You can call it done here or you can get a paint brush and decorate with food coloring.
 This makes for cool designs (and more wholesome activities).  This also very importantly, crates an opportunity to have healthy relationships with your children.  As parents or caregivers we need to interact and play with these precious little ones.  So get in there and embrace your inner Martha Stewart.

 Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

The next day (or same day) take then outside and smash them with a hammer!
- What child would not love that?

 If you want to spend a little money, you can coat small toys like animal figurines and pretend their fossils.  You can go crazy with this by hiding them all over the house and go on an archeological hunt.

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