How do you burn that bottled up energy in the kids in the winter?

Kim - posted on 12/26/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Now that it's too cold to go outside, what do you do with the kids to burn up all that energy they have?

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Kim - posted on 12/27/2008

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Thanks everyone, all your ideas are great! As for the outdoors, we live Northeast PA and we have snow, sleet, & rain so it's not always easy to go play in the snow, it's usually hard and icy! I like the Dance time that's always fun!

Noelle - posted on 12/26/2008

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You can bundle them up and head outdoor still:) it is fun for kiddos especially if there is snow. if you would prefer not to my fave inside activity to do is DANCE TIME! It is loads of fun. Turn some energetic music up real loud and dance til you cant anymore! Tell the kids to do what you do...Hands on head...Spin in a circle, etc. Hope you guys have fun!

Marissa - posted on 12/26/2008

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It's not too bad here in Minnesota today, I took my kids outside and we built a huge snowman and then went sledding... kids really enjoyed it.

Jade - posted on 12/26/2008

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When I was growing up in Michigan, we bundled up and went out anyway. If that doesn't work think looking online to see if your town has one of those inflatable jumping places. We have a place called BounceU ( in North Carolina). I know they have shops in other states. It is inexpensive and my kids are usually asleep before we leave the parking lot. They do great birthday parties also.

Nikki - posted on 12/26/2008

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We still go outside in the cold. We rug up and go for walks, or put on our gumboots and go puddle jumping. They love cooking so we start making dinner early in the day, or we do lots of baking. Playdoh is always great, music to dance to, Eyetoy is fantastic for tiring them out. If we need a change of scenery we go to an indoor gym, the swimming pools or the library.

Wendy - posted on 12/26/2008

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We are having this problem right now. My husband is blind so we are snowed in before most other people. I went and go a lot of old fashioned pull toys from my childhood. ie the push popper toy from playskool. Toyrus, Indigo-Chapters, etc will even deliver. Also goggle playdough/clay recipes for quiet time. Let loose in the bath tub (after clearing out the stuff you don't want wet. Just let them splash for a half hour or so. Take time to enjoy that time for a memory. Create new winter traditions with crafts or family time on the bed.

Titta - posted on 12/26/2008

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What is too cold? Unless it´s really an extremely bad weather, we just have to go out. For us -20 degrees Celcius isn´t too cold yet and it seldom goes lower than that. I have two wild boys and have noticed that they also have a far better apetite after running outside for an hour or two...

Ann - posted on 12/26/2008

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Depending on where you live, get them outside. I've got two boys (ages 9 and 13) and they were out for a couple of hours yesterday. They ate really well and by 9:00 my 13 year old was ready for bed. We live in northern MN so the cold, fresh air really did them in. They were back out today...should be the same result tonight. Otherwise, YMCA or anything that gets them moving.

User - posted on 12/26/2008

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We dance to fun, loud music. When it is warmer than 30 degrees, we go outside to sled, play in the snow, take a walk, or play with rocks. Just getting their warm clothes on must burn calories! (I know it does for me!)

Miriam - posted on 12/26/2008

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I dont know about where you live, but we live in the SF Bay Area and they have several indoor- kid museums and libraries. There is also the YMCA. Gymboree (http://www.gymboreeclasses.com/b2c/custo...) offers classes for kids up to 5 yrs. old. If your kids are older maybe joining indoor sports teams like basketball or if its really cold you guys could have some hockey?

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Do you live in a particularly cold region? I'm in New England, so it gets pretty cold here. But when my kids were little I used to take them outside as much as possible unless the weather was really gross. I would just bundle them up and take them to the playground or out in the yard if other kids were around, too. When there's snow, it's even better!

User - posted on 12/26/2008

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hide and seek, simon says, put music on that they can dance to, make a "tent" in the living room with a couple of chairs or a folding table and a few blankets for them to play in (my grandma used to do this for me and my siblings - a blast!)

Marissa - posted on 12/26/2008

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playing board games, video games, cooking, reading - I have a 4 yr old with ALOT of energy who seems to need attention all the time.

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