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Piedmont Parent: Making Dreary Days Fun

4:09 PM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, NC -- Yes, the Christmas presents will be opened, and yet you'll still hear the kids say, "I"m bored. It's too cold to go outside!".

Before you lecture them on what other kids don't have, Judy Midero of Piedmont Parent Magazine has a few ideas:

1. Bake. It's fun in the kitchen. Kids love to help. If your kids are old enough to read, let them recite the recipe to you and allow them to measure for excellent math practice.

2. Indoor Picnic. Make sandwiches, spread celery sticks with peanut butter and serve your favorite dessert. Lay out a quilt on the family room floor and play a board game or two.

3. Dance. Kids never seem to tire of the freeze dance game. You be the DJ and control the music, and they dance until you silence it, at which time they freeze and hold their position until the music starts again.

4. Fashion Show. Who doesn't love playing dress-up? Encourage the kids to be as flamboyant, creative and crazy as possible (offer them sports jerseys, purses, pumps and hats). Tape off a catwalk with masking tape and play energetic music to get them in the mood for strutting their stuff for the paparazzi - YOU!

5. Build a Fort. Is there anything quite like constructing a tent and then climbing inside to read, dream, play Legos or simply snooze? With sheets, quilts and clothespins (or duct tape), help them make a magical cozy nest

And when you just have to get out of the house,Piedmont Parent has an entire list of family friendly events on the calendar.

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