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5 Fun Activities for February Break

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Winter break is fast approaching and if you’re a parent, you know this time of year can be a challenge when it comes to keeping kids busy and active. With unpredictable winter weather in Vermont, there’s no guarantee that there will be snow or temperatures warm enough to send the kids outside to play. Here are five fun activities you can do with your kids over February break that are sure to keep them occupied and active indoors.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (12oz) bag chocolate chips
  • Shortening or vegetable oil
  • 1 bag of pretzel rods
  • Sprinkles, chopped nuts or coconut

Instructions:

  1. Melt the chocolate chips with a little shortening or vegetable oil in a double broiler on the stove.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall microwave safe cup (incase chocolate starts to get too thick you can warm it in the microwave).
  3. Dip half of the pretzel rod in the chocolate.
  4. Dip the coated end of the pretzel into sprinkles, nuts, tinted coconut or any other coatings you would like to use!
  5. Lay coated pretzel rods on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper until set.

Frame Dessert/Appetizer Table Trays

What you’ll need:

  • New or used picture frames (large frames work best as table trays)
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic enamel paint (great for wood crafts that will get handled)
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue and decorative add-ons if desired
  • Fabric or decorative paper

Instructions:

  1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame and spray paint (parents may want to do this step prior to getting the kids involved)
  2. After the spray paint has set, use acrylic paint for designs and add decorative items to the tray with a hot glue gun or craft glue depending on the add-ons (i.e. buttons, glitter, beads)
  3. After the frame dries, put the glass back and place a piece of fabric or decorative paper between the glass and backing where a photo would go and now you have a colorful table tray!

Homemade Play Dough®

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cut salt
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tarter
  • Few drops of food coloring
  • Rolling pin, cookie cutters and other dull utensils the kids can play with

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients except the food coloring in a sauce pan.
  2. Cook over very low heat until it turns into dough (this will not take long).
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it’s cool enough for the kids to touch.
  4. Separate the dough into sections based on the number of colors you’d like to make.
  5. Put a few drops of coloring in each ball and knead until evenly mixed.
  6. Use a rolling pin and cookie cutters to create shapes and figures.
  7. You can add coffee grounds or rolled oats to the play dough for texture.
  8. Store the play dough in a jar in the refrigerator when done.

Treasure Hunt

What you’ll need:

  • Small treasures for kids to find
  • Paper & pen/colored pencils (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Hide all the treasures in unusual spots throughout the house.
  2. Make a list of treasures or draw sketches of the hidden items (if the kids are too young to read) and send the kids on a treasure hunt for each of the items.
  3. You can even place tiny clues for each of the items throughout the house using paper and pen.

Bottle Bowling

What you’ll need:

  • At least 6 Small/medium empty water or soda bottles
  • Small rubber ball , rolled sox or ball of yarn

Instructions:

  1. Transform the family room or a hallway into a bowling alley.
  2. Place empty bottles for bowling pins at one end of the room/hallway (if the bottles fall over to easily, fill them with a little water or dry pasta for extra weight).
  3. Use a small rubber ball (ball of yarn or socks will work if you don’t have an indoor safe ball) as the bowling ball.