relieve cabin fever with indoor play!
It’s super cold outside! The snow is falling, wind is howlin’ and there’s just no way they’ll make it five feet out the front door before they wanna come back in. But wait, they don’t even wanna go outside. Why not? Because there’s LOADS of fun to have indoors, too! Take a look at these toys and games and create a flurry of fun during the next winter storm. Let’s turn those winter blues into winter “wahoos!”
Just because they’re stuck inside doesn’t mean their imaginations can’t soar! A hand puppet show is a simple, silly and fun way to make whatever play they’d like! The Melissa & Doug Adventure Hand Puppets are a great way for them to bring their stories to life, whether they take them to the high seas or to faraway lands. Each set includes four puppets ready for whatever adventure they have in store!
Every great puppet show performance needs a backdrop to set the tone. The Melissa & Doug Tabletop Puppet Theater gives kids two backdrops, a castle and kingdom or a sunrise, to bring their stories to life. When they’re ready to go, raise the red velvet curtain and let their imaginations come to life as they spend some time taking you far away from the cold winter day and into stories only they can create.
Cold outside and even cooler inside! The Cool Maker 2-in-1 Kumikreator Bracelets and Necklaces Kit will help pass the time indoors as they create awesome bracelets and necklaces with 60 spools of colorful string. It’s so fun and quick, too! Just load up the spools with the colors they want and spin! They can watch their new fashions get made as they turn the handle. Make some for them, their friends and yourself! It’s so much fun!
If they want to be more hands-on, the Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Sewing Machine with Pom Pom Maker Attachment will keep ’em busy with five fun projects. They can make a plush unicorn, a glitter pouch or add pom poms to their fashions with ease. It’s a great way to get them into the art of sewing and watching them bring creations to life with their own hands. When they’re all done, everything fits inside a storage drawer in the sewing machine, so they can pick up where they left off on their next snow day!
Use the snow day to perform some tests and experiments with the Thames & Kosmos Ooze Labs Chemistry Set. This big set comes with 57 pieces to perform 20 safe experiments like a fizzy fun reaction, rain flow in a test tube and making glow-in-the-dark slime. Of course, they’ll learn about the periodic table of elements, reactions and more! Even though they might be home from school, they can still learn a whole lot while having loads of fun—no text book necessary!
A little too little for a big ol’ chemistry set? There’s still room for experiments and discoveries with the Little Tikes STEM Junior Wonder Lab. The 20 included experiments use household ingredients to bubble up their curiosity and provide hours of educational fun! As they play, over 40 sounds and phrases get ’em even more immersed in experiments geared towards little ones with a BIG thirst for knowledge. When they’re all done, just remove the tray for easy cleanup!
Their need for speed doesn’t slow down—even if there’s five feet of snow outside. Give ’em what they crave with the Meccano 5 Model Set, a 5-in-1 building kit that’s perfect for first time builders. The sleek model car has a novice difficulty level that comes with the tools they’ll need to construct the model car. They can even add a little style with four different variations! When it’s road-ready, the model car’s pull-back mechanism will send it flyin’ across the floor! They’ll learn engineering skills as they play and might even kick their interest in STEAM materials into fourth gear! Give this one a spin and see how fast the day flies by.
How ’bout some ice cream on a snow day? The Play-Doh Rollzies Ice Cream set includes nine cans of Play-Doh to let them make sweet treats. Use a waffle maker to make waffles, then fill ’em up with scoops of colorful Play-Doh and even add some Play-Doh sprinkles on top! The set includes a waffle press, whipped cream tool, spatula and more to make some super sweet play. Oh, and of course, maybe give ’em a bowl of some real ice cream when they’re all done playin’. All that fun really works up an appetite!
Uh oh, how can they have fun when there’s sickies going around? Barbie Unicorn Pet Doctor found a way! This little unicorn is under the weather and it needs some help getting healthy again so it can gallop and play. Take care of the unicorn with everything your little doctor needs to bring her back to health, including a stethoscope, bottle, syringe and ice cream treat after the checkup is all done. The unicorn has rainbow hair, glittery eyes, a horn that really lights up, confetti-filled wings and a rainbow backpack to store all of the doctor’s instruments.
A snow day is a great day to teach them how to play Chess. And the No Stress Chess Board Game is a great introduction to the classic game. The board resembles a traditional Chess board and features the name of each piece in its place. Each player takes turns drawing a card from a deck that will tell them which piece to move and how they can move it around the board. The game is played normally, without the competition, to teach kids all the rules and each piece’s unique movements. Once they’ve finished a few rounds, they’ll be ready to play more challenging games of Chess—just don’t be surprised if they win in four moves!
Barter, trade and expand settlements with a strategic board game that’ll get the whole family involved. Settlers of Catan asks players to collect resources and strategize to grow their small community into a flourishing city. Each game is unique and the more they play, the sharper their strategies will become! The first player to reach 10 victory points wins, but that just means the fun starts all over again. Settlers of Catan is a classic board game and will get every family member eager for family game night.