Fun DIY Winter Activities From Placer County Moms

Fun DIY Winter Activities From Placer County Moms

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Sensory Snow
A sensory bin enables kids to make endless discoveries. It allows for open-ended play and imagination. Children love using their imagination while playing. Some benefits of a sensory bin include critical thinking, strengthening fine-motor skills, and hours of play and learning. A sensory bin can consist of a container with a lid and toys/materials which fill the bin. You can also use tools and instruments like tweezers, tongs, scoops, and measuring cups.
Below is a great sensory bin for winter time!

Materials List:
-Baking Soda

In a bowl, dump 1 box of baking soda and some glitter. Slowly add a few tablespoons of water at a time until it is sticking together. Don’t add too much water. Add just enough to get the powder to form snow.

Turkey Bowling
While cooking a Thanksgiving feast in the kitchen, entertain the children with a game of Turkey Bowling. It is similar to regular bowling, incorporating “turkeys” for pins and pumpkins for bowling balls. It only takes a little bit of prep time for endless hours of play. Enjoy the holiday, and have fun celebrating with friends and family!

Materials List:

  • Large Brown cups
  • Construction paper for the feathers and beaks
  • Googly Eyes
  • Hot glue gun

Decorate your cups to look like turkeys. You can stack the turkeys or arrange them in a more traditional bowling shape. Roll the pumpkin and see how many you can knock over!

Easiest 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies
It sounds almost too good to be true! Only 3 ingredients for the yummiest cookie, and a quick and easy recipe that kids can make anytime. There is no better treat during fall than a pumpkin treat. If you end up trying these cookies, be sure to tag us on our Instagram!

1 Box Spice Cake
1 15oz. Can of pumpkin puree
1 Cup chocolate chips of choice…dark, milk, white, butterscotch etc.

Mix everything all together until blended
Use a cookie scoop to place scoops onto a greased cookie sheet (about 2 tablespoons each)
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes

New Year’s Eve Balloon Countdown
Who has New Year’s Eve plans that don’t include staying up until midnight? Sleep is precious these days, so start the countdown early! A fun way to do that is with a balloon clock- pop.

Set Up & Materials needed:
Write down 6-12 activities on small pieces of paper and stuff one paper inside each balloon. Blow up the balloons and put them in a circle like a clock. Use painter’s tape to stick them to the wall.

How to play:
Kids take turns popping balloons with a pin. Then, read the activity inside each balloon and go and do it. Then, pop another balloon when each activity is completed. You can fill as many or as few balloons as you want.

Activity Ideas:
Make NYE hats
Have a dance party
Make a NYE dessert
Eat Pizza
Play with play dough
Do sparklers
Build cup towers
Play glowstick hide & seek
Watch a ball drop on Netflix
Toast with sparkling cider

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