The long Presidents Day weekend means more time to spend with family, which also means parents having to get creative with activities to keep kids busy and having fun.
Meredith Sinclair, the author of “Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit,” has four ideas that will help parents avoid secretly wishing there was school on Monday.
Presidents Day activities for kids
- 1. Bubble wrap!
Who doesn't love bubble wrap? Combine it with some paint and a tarp to make sure it doesn't splatter on your nice floor or rug, and you have some easy fun.
Wrap your child's feet in some bubble wrap, then let them step in some paint and do some "stomp painting" on a blank surface with a big tarp underneath.
- 2. Create a road race on the floor.
Instead of watching your children groan as their toy cars keep flying off a track, just make a track on the floor using PlayTape, which can create up to 30 feet of "roads" and comes off easily.
This also allows to be kids to be creative and come up with their own design for the track to race their toy cars on a road of their making.
- 3. Build a log cabin.
It is Presidents Day after all, so why not celebrate a little part of Abraham Lincoln's history with a tiny homemade log cabin?
All you need is a small orange juice or milk carton to create the shape of the log cabin. Peanut butter can serve as mortar, with pretzels and wheat crackers substituting for the logs.
- 4. Make a maze.
Use the dining room table and chairs, some string and playing cards to create a miniature maze for kids to try to navigate their way through.
And if you're in a part of the country where it's too cold for the kids to be outside during the holiday, here are six more indoor activities.