Cures for Cabin Fever
As the days get shorter and winter weather takes a turn for the worse, children spend more time indoors. Without fresh air and opportunities for vigorous outdoor play, kids can get that cooped-up, bored, restless feeling we call "cabin fever." Stuck indoors, too many children spend long hours watching television or playing video games, neither of which help them release excess energy or use their time creatively. Here are some ideas for reducing cabin fever and curing the "I'm bored. There's nothing to do," blues.
1. Provide opportunities for vigorous physical activity.
Bundle up children for cold weather and let them play outside for short periods of time. When that isn't possible, allow them to play actively indoors. Parents and children can dance or practice aerobics together. Parents may designate a space in the house where it is ok to wrestle and roughhouse. Furnish the space with old rugs and cushions and set limits on how rough kids can get. When you're changing the sheets on a bed (and you're in no particular rush), take a few minutes to play with your child. Drape the sheets over furniture and pretend it is a cave to explore.
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2. Drop everything when it snows.
Unless it's bitterly cold outside, let kids play in the snow. They can build snowmen or snow forts, make snow angels, go sledding and throw snowballs (at safe targets only, please).
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Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Francisco X. Alarcon Illustrator: Maya Christina Gonzalez
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