MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Winter has been dragging on for a couple of months now. If you’re a parent, you may be running short things for your kids to do inside.

There are fun and creative activities for kids to do inside during the winter. Employees at Twin Cities toy store chain, Creative Kidstuff, suggest hosting a “Crafternoon.”

“A big trend is duct tape,” said Happi Olson a manager with Creative Kidstuff. “You can make anything out of duct tape.”

Duct tape has evolved from a handyman’s best friend to a colorful and patterned art supply.

If you have family photos lying around the house, Smash Booking can be a fun way to have kids put the pictures in a DIY scrapbook. Smash Book comes with a pen with a glue stick on the end to stick the pictures to colorful and artistic layouts in a spiral-bound book.

Mod Podge has been around for decades, and Olson said the artistic paste is making a comeback.

“It’s a special glue you can use to shellac things to a surface,” said Olson.

Cutouts from magazines and newspapers can be glued to boxes with Mod Podge to turn bland pieces of cardboard into something fun and decorative.

Another idea for parents and their kids is to plan an inside camp-out. Olson suggests pitching a tent indoors with traditional camping food.

“No camp-out would be complete without S’mores,” said Olson.

If you’re looking to get out of the house, there’s a free toddler playtime at the West End Creative Kidstuff every Wednesday from 10 to 11 am.

Another idea is to encourage kids bring their old toys to a thrift store, local crisis center, or a local child care center. Someone else may still be able to have fun with them and giving them away should clear up some space in the house.

Comments (7)
  1. Not a pansy up North says:

    What a bunch of pansies! This has been a very mild winter with maybe a week of cold weather and the parent’s are whining! Take the kids outside for a walk, to the playground. Let them play outside. Fresh air won’t hurt them any. Clear out their little brains and replace stagnant air with some fresh stuff! Take away their video games and DVD’s and go outside!!
    The parents are why the kids aren’t going outside. Put the remote down and get movin!

  2. Robert Radke says:

    Stop the name calling!! You could easily have made your points(which I tend to agree with) without resorting to the nomenclature!! But he’s/she’s right. It has been mild and practically snowless. Do that camp cooking over a small fire in your old charcoal grill. Better yet,visit a park with grills,roast your dogs and S’mores and go for a hike. Lots of stuff to see without the snowcover. Happy Roasting!!

  3. mel says:

    From a parent who has been stuck inside with sick kids for over a month, I appreciate this article. We are all crawling out of our skin. Thank you for the ideas, although it would have been nice to add a few ideas for toddlers.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Over a month? Come on. The weather has been in the 30s and 40s, and for some reason you’re stuck in the house “crawling out of your skin”, and you claim your kids have been sick over a month? With what? Leukemia?

  4. Ace says:

    What about showing some boredom busters for the elderly. We get bored too

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Look to the left. Look to the right. Take a nap. Stare at the TV.

  5. Seriously people says:

    Good grief, if this were a normal winter and we hit 40 degrees, all the kids would be outside and half of them would be losing their coats! There is absolutely no reason to baricade your children inside. Come on parents, it might be nippy, but put your kids first, take them outside and let them get some fresh air. It will be good for ALL of you.

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