5 Ways to Beat Cabin Fever

It snowed again last night, and there’s MORE snow in the extended forecast with temps not exceeding the 30’s for some time.  Ugh…it’s hard to get excited for Easter and Spring when you’re still sporting snugly sweaters.  I am TRYING to beat cabin fever with these few things:

1. Bright, Colorful flowers now grace my header image.  I received these for our anniversary and they are the same colors as I had in my bridal bouquet. These are my happy colors!

2. Having an indoor picnic We had a blast eating lunch on a blanket in our basement.  Just changing the location of a meal can shake things up a bit and be a lot of fun.

Little brother and big sister enjoy an indoor picnic

Little brother and big sister enjoy an indoor picnic

3. Making up games  We play with pom pons all the time in our house!  You can sort them by size or color, practice counting, pretend they’re eggs (as you see here) or some other food item.  Pom pons are also great for crafts, as I used them in the Quick and Easy Easter Bunnies we just made.

Big sister picking up pom poms

Big sister picking up pom poms

4. Try a new activity – we tested out a sensory bin activity, using oatmeal and cornstarch with a variety of spoons, funnels, and containers.  It started out in a bin on a small table and then we moved it to a big drop cloth on the floor.  I would not recommend adding the cornstarch, as it went EVERYWHERE!  I took this picture as the excitement of the sensory bin wore off.

sensory bin play

Trying out a sensory bin of oatmeal & cornstarch.

5. Take a road trip.  You don’t have to go far to discover something new and fun.  We’ll soon be heading to a B&B to enjoy some kid-free time.  We did enjoy a little road trip to discover some mouth-watering Wisconsin Cheddar. We’ve also played “tourist” by checking out a fish fry at a restaurant we’ve never gone to before and having lunch at a cute little coffee shop today.  Getting out in spite of the cold is our way of thumbing our nose at Mother Nature.

My daughter just commented today that she could see the grass (in SOME places), and she’s right, Spring WILL come soon.  Until then, we’ll come up with more ways to beat cabin fever.

Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Craft

I felt inspired by Crafts by Amanda – Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabit on Pinterest yesterday, so with an eager 3 year old helper, we made our own version yesterday.  Instead of paint we used colored construction paper and double sided tape and glue.

After cutting the cardboard rolls (and covering an old container in purple to make a big bunny), I adhered the paper, glued on the pom pom noses and tails, and used some marker for the eyes, whiskers, mouth and ears.  I had some scraps of felt and fabric that I cut into shapes for the cute bow and clothes. Pretty cute, huh?!

I’m all about quick and easy crafts – especially with little kiddos with short attention spans!  I also like using whatever we have around the house to create little projects. As we wait for more spring-like weather, crafting has been a good boredom buster in our home.

board Tube Easter Bunnies

Cardboard Tube Easter Bunnies – paper, pom poms, markers

For more craft ideas, check out my craft and kiddos boards on Pinterest, or see these related articles below.  Happy Crafting!