Hudson Valley Parent

November 2013

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Family life Indoor family fun A s the weather gets colder, finding enough fun and practical ideas to entertain kids indoors can seem hard. From physical activities to crafts and fun with food, there are countless indoor family activities for kids. Try these options the next time you're looking for something to do: Scavenger hunt Children enjoy hunting for hidden treasure. A scavenger hunt gives them a chance to explore, get some exercise and think creatively. Select some common things for your kids to find — playing With a little imagination, even the most boring day can turn memorable! cards, books, pinecones, or shiny rocks — and hide them around the house. Compile a list and give point values to each item — the harder the hiding spot, the more points it's worth. Have children take bags and start hunting! Once time is up, check the found items and add up the points. "Knock, knock" Encourage your young jokesters to spend the afternoon crafting some unique stand-up routines. To create an authentic comedy-club feel, pick a wall to use as a backdrop, lend your kids your loudest sports coats and become their audience. A child who doesn't want to tell jokes can be the emcee, introducing the performers and encouraging the crowd to enjoy the show. With a little imagination, even the most boring day can quickly turn memorable! For a free sampler of activities, recipes and crafts for parents and kids visit Pre-K to 5th elementary school THE RANDOLPH SCHOOL Nurturing a sense of wonder Wappingers Falls 845.297.5600 12 Hudson Valley Parent n November 2013 dutchess day school WHERE YOUNG MINDS GROW Preschool through Eighth Grade Traditional learning in an innovative environment 415 Route 343 Millbrook, New York 12545 845.677.5014

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