Inside all day with the children?

Published 12:00 pm Sunday, January 5, 2014

Who needs an oven to enjoy cinnamon rolls? Try this no-bake cinnamon rolls recipe. -- Crystal Miller/Albert Lea Tribune

Who needs an oven to enjoy cinnamon rolls? Try this no-bake cinnamon rolls recipe. — Crystal Miller/Albert Lea Tribune

School has been canceled Monday, and parents with children at home will need ways to keep the young ones occupied.

Here are some ideas:


Movie day

Choose your favorite movies to watch. Draw movie posters for each movie.


Create a spa day

Have Mom set aside nail polish, remover, facial soap and lotions that are OK for kids to use.


Christmas jammies all day!

Just wear pajamas throughout the day and act like it is another day to play with Christmas gifts.


Blanket fort

Use every blanket and throw pillow to drape over furniture to create a fort.


Declutter bedroom

Give children a box to fill with items they choose to donate to a charity.


Boardgame challenge

Create new rules to your boardgames. Play them in all-new ways, even using multiple boards.


No cook play-dough

What you will need:

2 cups plain flour. 1 cup salt. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. 1/2 to 1 cup cold water. 2 drops of food coloring (optional).


1. Combine flour and salt.

2. Add oil, water and food coloring. Mix.

3. Knead well.

4. If the consistency is too wet, add a little flour.


No bake cinnamon rolls recipe

What you will need:

2 slices white bread, with the crusts removed. 2 tablespoons butter. 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar mixture.


1. Roll the bread slices until very flat. Butter the bread, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Starting on one side, roll up the bread slice until tight. Repeat with the second bread slice. Cut the bread rolls into 1 inch slices.

2. Mix the confectioners’ sugar with the water in a small bowl to make a thin frosting. Drizzle frosting over the bread slices, and serve.

Craft: Create hidden messages

You will need: White construction paper, white crayon, cherry Kool-aid, paint brush, and water.

Write your message on a white piece of construction paper with a white crayon.

In a container mix 1/2 teaspoon of cherry Kool-aid with 1 tablespoon of water (for the paint).

Using a paint brush, paint the Kool-aid mixture over the hidden message to reveal what was written with the white crayon.



Write letters to Grandparents. Grandparents love letters and thank you notes for Christmas gifts.


Write a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, thanking him for canceling school. Send your letters to:

Office of the Governor

130 State Capitol

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

St. Paul, MN 55155