The winter season here in Michigan has blown in at full-steam, and it doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon! We have had a very brutal January as far as snow and cold; in fact, we broke the record of snowfall in the Metro Detroit area when there was still a week to go in the month. You see, the average snowfall in the Metro Detroit area is something like 16″ of snow but as of January 25th, we’ve already received almost 32″ of snow and even more was coming. The previous January record amount of snow for Detroit was back in 1978 at 29.6″! We’ve also had some major record lows this year; normally we are right around 32° for our average high temperature and our average high for this year has been just above 17°.
Needless to say, it’s been cold out. Because of all of this snow and cold weather, there have been many snow days, something that is rare around here. I think Thaddeus has had a total of 1 snow days between Kindergarten and 2nd grade. This year he’s already had six days (that’s if the school isn’t canceled today!).
So, what do we do to keep ourselves busy by curing cabin fever? Well, have three very easy tips for curing cabin fever, tip # 22 from Team Kellogg’s Great Starts. Each of these tips can be done as a family, they can be done relatively cheap or for free, and they are sure to make your family closer together.
Tip 1 – Doing Crafts
Doing crafts is a great way to get the entire family involved. You can make all kinds of crafts for different holidays, just for fun, or they can be for everyday home decor! You can make your crafts by recycling old items in your home, which will make this tip free! Or you could make your crafts from things you’ve purchased. You don’t necessarily have to go out of the home to buy the supplies you need, make use of the items you already have at home.
Tip 2 – Playing Games
Who doesn’t have some game lying around their home? This can be board games, cards, drawing games, computer/game system games, or even arcade style games. 30 minutes of playing games can go by really quickly, just image how quickly the day would go by if you were to play games several times throughout the day. Playing games also keep the mind going, so you are constantly exercising your brain and always learning.
Tip 3 – Baking
Baking can be so much fun, especially with the kids. You can bake cakes, cookies, muffins, or even use this time to teach your children how to cook meals. Remember that if you have your children involved be sure to make it simple enough for them to understand and have them involved in every part of the baking process!
By doing any or all the above tips, you will not only see that you are getting closer to your family by spending more time with them, but you will also be making the days go by quicker. We all know that if you stare at a pot of water, it will not boil any faster, the same can be said for sitting around waiting for winter to pass. It’ll pass when it wants to pass so make the best of it and have some fun at the same time.
Don’t forget to check out more great tips from Team Kellogg’s at Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips!
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