Avoiding ‘I’m Bored’ Snow Day Syndrome

by |  February 27th, 2014


While kids are usually overjoyed when school is canceled due to cold weather, having the kids stuck at home can often be dreadfully dull and tough for parents…especially when the days pile up.
This winter season is turning out to be one of the worst in years. And with the wintery mess brings closures of day cares, pre-schools and the like. So, how do you beat snow day boredom?

Summer or Winter, the Same Kind of Boredom

First thing’s first, it’s okay NOT to have every minute planned. There is a value in kids learning to make their own fun. You’ve provided them toys, books, arts & crafts supplies all of which are great tools for them to entertain themselves and unlock a little imagination.

For other indoor fun away from screens, here are a few I reported on last summer. These are all applicable whatever the season…it’s the same kind of boredom.


Click here to check out a video demonstration.

1. Activity Jars. Step one, select a jar or can and have fun decorating it. Step two, write together activities and games on separate pieces of paper and fill the jar! When the moment strikes, reach into the jar for an idea.

2. Magical Goop.(You’ve got to see this on video.) Just 1 (16 ox) box of cornstarch, mixed with 1 to 1 ½ cups of water turns into a neat consistency that’s fun for young kids to dip their hands into. AND it’s easy to clean up.

3. Ice cube painting.Have your child help you fill ice cube trays with a mixture of water and food coloring. Cover the tray with plastic wrap or foil. Insert a handle such as a popsicle stick into each compartment of the tray by poking a hole in the plastic wrap or foil cover. After several hours the cubes will be ready to color with.

Good luck and remember spring is just around the corner.

Ari Brown, MD

411 Pediatrics


Dr. Ari Brown founded 411 Pediatrics and After Hours Care in Austin after two decades of education and experience in child development, behavioral pediatrics and pediatric healthcare. Our pediatric associates, consisting of pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and lactation consultants, share a common goal. We partner with parents to help children grow up healthy, happy, and resilient!

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