February 14, 2016 | No comments yet | Activities, Holiday/Seasonal, Kid Time, Me Time

Presidents’ Day / Snow Day Activity

I’m not much of a crafter. I can honestly say that I’ve only ever made cookies under the influence of alcohol (so not in the past 15 years). In fact, my son recently asked me what the word “homemade” meant. After I told him, he was dubious. Why wouldn’t you buy cookies at the grocery store? he’d asked.

Regardless, I’m envious of moms that can turn a snow day into a full day of Valentine making or a heart-shaped cookie baking marathon.

However, I have other qualities. I remembered my mighty math powers. I remembered that my children are the product of my husband’s and my science experiment entitled, “If Engineers Mated.” Hmmm. I like that title. Perhaps the title of my next piece. Anyway, I have an easy solution to the winter blues that will guarantee several hours of fun:

Two-story indoor zip line. (Not for kids, but for toys.)

All you need is twine or string, clips, and a two-story home. If you have a staircase, you can do this. Run the twine from the top of the stairs to the first floor. Then, attach a small toy with the clip to the wire and let it ride. I made multiple tracks for racing purposes. Many items can be raced: stuffed animals, figures, airplanes, balloons, and even homework. And, it doesn’t involve a $100 trip to Target or the crafting capital – Michael’s. If you can escape either of these stores without spending at least $100, then I need to start studying your shopping habits.

I happened to have these clips as part of an artwork hanging system. If you don’t have these at home, you’ll have to get creative with binder clips or clothes pins or make a dreaded trip to Michael’s.

The kids are happy, they learn a little about physics, and get exercise going up and down the stairs.

You’re welcome.

–Carissa Howard, My Misadventures in Mothering

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