If you’re anything like me you are SICK AND TIRED of this freakin’ Connecticut winter!  Don’t get me wrong, I love snow, but enough already!  Was Punxsutawney Phil just a big liar?  The kids and I have already met our quota of sledding and snow forts, so we were forced to come up with some creative indoor activities to help combat the cabin fever.  In case this winter sticks around a bit longer, here are some ideas to help you keep the peace.  Thank you, Pinterest, for many of these!

Make paper plate fishies (source) and Mardi Gras bird masks (source).

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Make butterfly suncatchers.  I love these!  They are just strips of tissue paper glued to the back of the wings.  Super easy for even little kids to do but the parents, on the other hand, have a bit of delicate cutting to do on those wings.  You can find step-by-step instructions and a template for the butterfly here.

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Make a gingerbread house.  (Full disclosure:  It was actually a sugar cookie house made by our nanny and decorated by the boys.  And yes, okay, the nanny made those adorable aprons, too.)

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Conduct a shaving cream car wash (source).  The boys got the cars dirty first and then got to wash them off.  SO MUCH FUN!  We just put a vinyl tablecloth down on the kitchen floor, stripped the boys down to their undies (which is why there are no pics of them during this activity, ahem), and let them have at it.

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Build the Jeffersons’ de-luxe apartment in the sky-hi-high (and then see how long it takes until the toddler demolishes it).

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Decorate for Easter on St. Patrick’s Day.  Yep, I totally spaced out on the holy green holiday this year.  I was too distracted by bunnies and egg decorations.  Sources are here for the plastic egg garland, paint chip garland, and plastic egg snakes.

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Does painting rainbow stairs count as a St. Patrick’s Day activity?  Yes!  Okay, so the boys didn’t actually help with this one, but they did come up with the color scheme.

Before:

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After:

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And if all else fails, you can always take zillions of pictures of your adorable kids.

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