If you’re holed up in the house due to Hurricane Sandy, I hope you’re drinking hot chocolate, watching movies, snuggling in bed with the kids—and enjoying the quiet. But as the hours wear on, you and your little ones may start to get restless. So here are three ideas to add a little activity to the day:
1. Have an Indoor Treasure Hunt. Make one set of clues for every player, each clue leading to the new one, and finally, to the treasure. Seal them in envelopes marked with a clue number (i.e. 2/7, or “two of seven”). Whoever solves the clues first and finds the treasure—a small toy, an IOU for a movie, maybe a cache of coins (regular or chocolate)—is the winner.
2. Set Up Camp. If you have a pop-up or small dome tent, it’s easy to set up camp for your kids indoors. If not, you can create tents by draping sheets over the couch. Make them comfy with airbeds, pillows, and sleeping bags, then follow through with an indoor picnic!
3. Play a No-Batteries Game. Our favorite is the “One-Word Story.” Starting with “Once upon a time,” go around the room and have each person add a single word to the story. Tip: Decide on a genre in advance―fairy tale, ghost story, etc.―and go from there.
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