Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow Day Recommendations

Tonight the kids all put spoons under their pillows in hopes they'll awaken to two feet of powder and the day off school. I could've told them that no spoons are necessary. We'll definitely be snowbound. Brad flew off to Florida today which always guarantees a brutal winter storm, a clogged toilet and/or a disgusting gastrointestinal virus.


But it's ok...we are set. Here are a few wintertime discoveries guaranteed to cure Cabin Fever for at least a few hours.



Mom's pick:

Holly at Marathon Bird recommended the Amelia Peabody series and I have devoured the first few. Discovering a good book is a treat, but discovering an 18-book collection is a feast! The books are clean, witty, historical and adventurous. Spending a few hours in Egypt is the perfect antidote to a grey winter afternoon.


Jake's pick:



My Shakey loves animals and he loves to draw. This website combines his two passions. He's filled a whole binder with cartoons, but even better, he's filled quite a few long winter hours doing something creative.





Luke's pick:My hyper kids love Hyper Dash! A really simple obstacle course-type game that gets 'em thinking and running...in a constructive way. It's easy enough for the twins to play themselves, but the older kids can adjust to their level and still have fun. There's a single-player option too. Plus no itty-bitty parts to get lost between sofa cushions.




Sam's Pick:





Speaking of itty-bitty parts...the Quadrilla marble track was recommended by Amy at still life and it has been hugely popular. It's the kind of toy that adults don't mind playing. Warning: It is a bit pricey and you will find roll-away marbles in all kinds of nooks and crannies. But it is so much better than plastic marble toys, plus I'm pretty sure it has raised my IQ.

Em's pick:

The kind of story Mom starts reading aloud, but which is finished under covers as kids can't resist reading just one more chapter. Spooky and suspenseful. Read with a big bowl of peppermints nearby.

And now the school's robocalling service has just phoned to say that, yes indeed, all schools will be closed tomorrow. I guess the spoons (not to mention our Florida-bound daddy) did the trick! Good thing we're ready...
What's your cure for Cabin Fever?

20 comments:

Bridget said...

I am taking notes here. The hyper dash game looks like something that would be a huge hit here as well. Good luck with all your snow coming your way! I saw that on the news and thanked my stars I am on the west coast!

Melissa-Mc said...

I love Amelia Peabody mysteries! I also love sappy girly movies.

Jeanelle said...

I gave Hyper Dash to some kids I love this Christmas and they loved it too. Thanks for the author recommendation. My mom has only recently started reading for pleasure and is constantly on the lookout for a good book. And if I had a snow day, I would attempt to get my google reader down to double digits (it's at 592!!!!)

wenderful said...

Oh, when I grew up in Michigan, we LIVED for snow days! And we had many.
Thanks for those great recommendations. I will definitely look into the books.
Have a great snow day.

crystal said...

Ohhhh! These are GREAT recommendations! I'm going to go get my post-it pad right now.

Amanda D said...

As long as you have hot cocoa, you are set! Enjoy the day! It sounds great. Truly.

Amy said...

Wow, thanks for the link! I'm glad you liked the Quadrilla. My mom got me hooked as well on the Amelia Peabody series. Great stuff!

Hazen5 said...

Sometimes I wish we had Snow Days! Good luck. Thanks for the kids book suggestion, I am always looking for new ones.

TravelinOma said...

Snow day: Stay in PJs until at least noon. Watch TV all day. Have grilled cheese sandwiches. Iron. Let the kids play with cushions and blankets and make forts.

Christie said...

I thought about you all this morning after I watched the weather. I'll tell you, I don't miss those east coast storms AT ALL.

Looks like you're well-prepared though. Here's hoping no clogged toilets come your way!

Rochelleht said...

Haven't had it. It's been almost 90 around here. So weird.

But thanks for the good book recommendations. I always LOVE those!!!

Ilene said...

Spoons under pillows? What is this all about?

Thanks for the recommendations. I've been planning to do a similar post about successful toy buys and was going to ask what others recommend. I'm glad to get your recommendation already.

Oh, I can imagine all of the fun places you have found marbles around the house...

Robin said...

I usually bake on snowdays. I wish we had a snowday today! Enjoy!

Lauren in GA said...

Isn't that just the kicker that Brad has to be gone?

This was fantastic! I gleaned tons of good information, here. You have provided a lovely public service.

calibosmom said...

Glad to hear you like Hyper Dash. I've considered it many times in the store but never got-I think I'll have to purchase it next time. Our cure for cabin fever...playdates with friends, hot chocolate, Wii, and card games. Thank goodness we have school tomorrow!

Jenibelle said...

What would I do IF we ever had a snow day? Worry about the second coming.

I would put in all my favorite musicals and sing them at the top of my lungs.

Oops, I do that anyway.

Holly said...

I'm so pleased you have enjoyed the Amelia Peabody series! I need to go back to it soon. I love Amelia's spirit and independence. She's a hoot!

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