Now that winter has reared its ugly head and caused a case of cabin fever, there may be steps to cure what ails you by staying inside and bored to tears. Families can work together and make a plan to stay away from the depressing days of snow shoveling and unpredictable frigid days and nights. Those that live in the Northeast corrider and Mid-Atlantic states are already up to their knees in snow drifts. What will be the next step? How about a family schedule of exercise and activities that tease the brain to keep the mind and body working as a unit.
When its time to shovel and the piles of snow get high just pack the snow in boxes and you’ll be ready to make an efficient igloo. There should be ample help in shifts to help with the burden of the heavy snow, and it is prudent to use the proper technique to protect any back issues that may result of an innacurate delivery of the white stuff. When its time to retreat to the warmer confines of the house, the children may engage in an integrative activity on a laptop, PC or smart phone. In this case, the igloo would be the main topic of instruction. Use the core subjects to find anwers to the query, what about igloos?
- Who first created igloos?
- What parts of the World are they mostly found?
- How do you make an igloo?
- What is another name for an igloo?
- Write an article what its like to make an igloo?
- Draw a graphic design of your best igloo “house.”
There are other opportunities to get some exercise, and by leaving the snowpiles make for a great jumping activity or obstacle course. If weather permits, why not bundle up the family and try some recreational activities like snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating, and x- country skiing. Many state or local parks are open in the winter and the trails are an excellent aerobic exercise to “shush” through the snow. Of course, all safety preparations should be utilized with the proper clothing, emergency numbers, cell phone and first aid materials.
If the family is stuck indoors, then use some creativity to emulate all the winter activities in the cozy confines of a house in more bearable tempertaure conditions with makeshift equipment right from the home:
- Use cardboard slats for skiis
- Shoeboxes for skates
- Plungers for ski poles
- A cardboard box for a luge sled
- Styrofoam balls as snowballs to throw at a target or into an object
- Sturdy paper bags as snow shoes
- Set up a Winter Olympics and medal count for the entire winter season
By using apps on smart phones, there will be the opportunity to investigate sports-related activities to keep track of results of the winter games or keep track of all steps or walking results. Winter cooking tips and healthy recipes can be found with the Fooducate app at the Itunes store. Many apps have a built -in compass and the kids can make a map of the neighborhood and practice directional routes or a scavenger hunt.
It doesn’t matter if there are indoor or outdoor activities; it will be advisable to engage in educational experiences that will keep the family alert to the negativity of staying indoors and wasting time watching TV or playing video games. With a little creativity, the family can find ways to be active, and that includes a sound mind in a sound body, which will ward off the depression that winter may bring. If nothing is done, then the winter blues may play havoc and it will be difficult to find a cure.