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Holiday break is *right around the corner* (HOW?!?!) and I know having kids home 24/7 when they’re usually at school can be, ahem, stressful. My oldest two go to part-time preschool, so it’ll be a change having them home for break. To keep me sane – and hopefully help you do the same! – I’ve come up with a couple easy, no-Pinterest-crafts-involved, winter break activities for preschoolers:
Mix Up Meals
Have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner. This is an easy one – you have to serve the kids meals anyway, right?! – so why not switch it up? Kids think stuff like this is hilarious.
Stay In Your PJs
Wear PJs all day. Why not? This includes you, mom. Bonus points if they’re holiday-themed and you wear them in public. These are our faves.
Have a movie day. Eat popcorn, watch movies (hi, Netflix), all day long. Kind of my dream day, honestly!
Make a Fort
This is SO easy – I’m just going to put a big sheet over our kitchen table and hope the kids want to hide out in their “fort” all day long. Wishful thinking, right?
Plan Some Play Dates
Of course I’ll try to stay busy, but part of the fun of winter break is just relaxing and taking it slow. We’ll schedule a few play dates with friends we don’t usually see during the school year.
Grab the best toys
My kids are obsessed with Shape Mags, which are colored magnetic tiles in various shapes used for building whatever structure their little hearts desire. If you have a kid between the ages of 3 and 10, I highly recommend grabbing a set here (with Prime!) as a gift. When I think about the money spent on toys (or clothes or furniture or whatever), I think about the dollar per use. This toy is one that your kids will play with for HOURS for YEARS, so it’s a great investment. Quinn is 5 and Cooper is 3 and they love playing and building with Shape Mags. They recently sent us the 100 piece classic set, which came with 100 pieces of assorted shapes, plus StileMags, which are little magnet pictures the kids can put on the square magnet pieces to make them look like a dog, number, window, etc instead of just a colored square. The set also comes with a wheel base, some “window” pieces, and a stability base. Take a peek at what my kids did with them: