Some Low-Tech Alternatives for Winter Break Fun
Rubiks Cubes: There are about ten thousand different types and algorithm books on how to solve these. Once they learn an algorithm for solving one type of cube, you can go on to others, time yourselves, try it with your eyes closed, etc. It’s a great stocking-stuffer idea too! Amazon Link to a Rubiks Set…
Art Projects: Create a line of holiday cards like these…
The kids draw the pics, then make color copies, cut them out, and paste them to card stock with matching envelopes. I also make sure that they sign each card on the back and write a thank you note.
Board Games: Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, Chess… Foldable Magnetic Chess Set (I like this one because it has a place for all the pieces and it’s magnetic so if it gets bumped, nobody freaks out that the game is ruined!)
Build a fort with pillows, blankets, and sofa cushions (must clean it all up before bedtime!)
Maps: US maps, World maps, puzzle maps and this book recommended by Wired Magazine All Over The Map Book
Build an obstacle course for running, skating, or biking.
Deck of cards: Learn magic tricks, solitaire, spit, or poker.