- Frugal Outsourced Birthday Party Ideas at Parenting Miracles
- 7 Phrases a Parent Should Never Say – or Yell – Again at Not Consumed
- Free Daily Prayer Calendar – Praying for Your Children at Inspired to Action
- Will You Just Play with Me? at Courtney deFeo
I take it that in most parts of the country, the snow is getting really, really old. We had some last week, about three inches, which for Tennessee is EVERYONE STUCK INSIDE OH NOOOOOO worthy. My daughter’s preschool was closed, the school where my husband teaches was closed, and we were as stir-crazy as mice in a maze.
If you’re still buried under snow, you have my condolences. And maybe your kids are already tired of playing in it. But if not – or if a few new ideas might get them back out there – this would be a great week to have a mini Winter Olympics for your family.
Start It Up
Bake some gold medal cookies for prizes, announce the times to the household, and even consider having an Opening Ceremony. Everyone can wear their most patriotic outfit; the winner can choose which event is first.
Let The Games Begin
Here are some ideas for potential events.
- Snowball Shotput – Make a row of evenly sized snowballs. See who can throw theirs the farthest or closest to a certain target.
- Snow Hurdles – Make 5-8 basketball-sized mounds of snow. Participants must jump over each one without disturbing the snow. Fastest time wins. (Idea from Spoonful.)
- Snow Sculptures – Everyone gets 10 minutes to come up with the most elaborate or realistic snow sculpture. Get a neighbor to judge.
- Tic Tac Snow – Draw a grid in the snow and play tic-tac-toe with twigs for x’s and pine cones for o’s. (Idea from Parents.)
- Luge – Dig out your inner tubes from the summer stuff and use them to ride down a good hill.
- Snow Dancing – Get creative! Points for best costume, jump, or musical interpretation.
Let us know in the comments if you have any more fun event ideas!!
Are you stuck at home in this snow? Our roads are actually not bad in Chattanooga, but it’s still a little gross outside and schools are canceled. Two of my kids and I were supposed to go to Atlanta to visit friends for Valentine’s Day, and I am bummed our plans have to be changed! But such is life.
So for Valentine’s, we’ll be at home, doing some of these fun activities. Hope you can grab onto a few of these ideas and make the best of it, too!
- Free Valentine’s Day Fun Pack at Marriage, Motherhood, and Missions
- Free Valentine’s Pack (120 pages!) at 3 Dinosaurs
- Free Valentine’s Matching Game printable at Amy’s Finer Things
- Valentine’s Day Menu with Printable Shopping List at Vanderbilt Wife
- Puzzle Hearts at Freshly Found
- Invitation to Create: Homemade Valentines at Buggy and Buddy
- DIY Heart Wreath at McAdams Family
- Owl-Themed Valentine’s Party with Free Printables at Kara’s Party Ideas
- Free Printable Olaf Valentines at Mom Endeavors
- How to Set Up a Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot at Bombshell Bling
As I’m sure many of you watched the debate hosted at the Creation Museum on Tuesday (starring Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham), I thought it might be helpful to round up some of the viewpoints on the outcome here at ParentLife.
If you want to watch the debate, you can see it on YouTube.
- USA Today reported, “Evolution-creation debate unlikely to change minds.”
- Pat Robertson spoke a more liberal view and criticized Ham on The 700 Club.
- Moderator Tom Foreman wrote about his experience on CNN, politely, and I found it interesting.
- I really appreciated Amy J. Bennett’s post “Confusion and Confidence After the Creation Debate.” It’s hard to confess your doubts in a public forum – but I believe if we would just share with one another, we would find we aren’t alone!
- I so appreciated this post at Red Letter Christians: If Only Christians Were This Passionate about Helping the Poor …
- Albert Mohler wrote a very intellectual and in-depth article about the debate titled “Bill Nye’s ‘Reasonable Man.’” Worth the read if you have time.
Did you watch the debate? Have two cents to throw in?
Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Despite my indifference toward the Hallmark holiday, my kids ADORE it. (Balance Time Day, according to my daughter at 2 years old.) I like to use their infatuation as a tool to reinforce the gigantic love of God – and help them pass it on to their little friends.
Here are some Christian Valentines ideas!
These beautiful cards are downloadable from Etsy so you can print as many as you want once you buy the file.
I am IN LOVE with these little Valentines from Etsy seller Cherry Berry Design. You can download them for $6 and print on cardstock.
Take inspiration from Grace Elizabeth’s and make your own beautiful cards with Scripture.
These lovely printable hearts with Scripture from 1 Corinthians are free and gorgeous! What a beautiful little gift for your spouse.
How do you emphasize God’s love on Valentine’s Day?