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Monday, January 4, 2010

How do you get the wiggles out?

I’ve got the winter blahs. When we moved to Maryland from northwest Missouri, I thought we were leaving behind the subzero wind chills and 45 mph gusts…hmmm they seem to have followed us here! As much as I admire Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education, I have to think that she was living in a milder climate when she advocated going out-of-doors in any weather, any season. There are times when to do so simply isn’t safe. Like when tree branches are falling and plastic snow sleds are blowing across your yard (that reminds me, I need to put a sign on that purple one in our front yard: “Who do I belong to?”). But the kiddos get bored and need to get the wiggles out somehow. What do you do to get the wiggles out when going outside is inadvisable? I’m looking for ideas to fill my arsenal for the next wind/subzero temp advisory.


  1. Our best wiggle-reducer is a mini trampoline, which lives in the basement EXCEPT for especially cold or super-wet weeks. Since we only bring it out maybe 1 in 3 weeks in the winter and 1 in 6 in the rest of the year makes it a super appealing treat and the kids will jump and bounce on it endlessly whenever it appears in the living room. :)

  2. Awesome! I wouldn't mind bouncing on that myself. Thanks for the tip.

  3. I'm in Missouri and it's been pretty cold here also. My 5 year old likes to play tag, hide-n-seek and dance to music when we are stuck inside.


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