In the colder months I get cabin fever really bad. I get cabin fever if I stay in the house two days in a row, so getting snowed in for a few days plus weather in the -30°C around doesn’t leave a whole lot of outside activities for us. The library has become our refuge during the cold months. Having some way to entertain ourselves quietly and enjoy the library with kids is important for me.
Quiet Ways to Enjoy the Library with Kids
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My hubby is more of a home body, being that he goes to work everyday so he finds it odd that our kids and I will go to the library with the intention of staying for a little while not just to run in, grab books and leave. The library is our way of getting out of the house without it costing us.
Games to Play
I Spy – This one can be a bit harder to contain the noise. There might be some excited voices raised from time to time.
Scavenger Hunt – Go prepared! Write out – or print out this copy – of a scavenger hunt.
Hide and Seek – If your library has a dedicated children’s area, pull this game out of your hat. I’m not comfortable with not seeing my kids in larger libraries that are open but some of the best ones have a dedicated children’s area this works great. The stacks are great for hiding from your siblings. Maybe mom and dad will just sit this game out though.
Education Game Apps – There are some great app for kids. Pulling these out for some quiet time isn’t wrong. Plus if you are doing Teaching Textbooks with your kids they can work from the library as well.
The Quiet Game – No talking! Play or read quietly just no making noise or talking.
Card Games – A deck of cards take up no space in your bag when you head out and there are a lot games that you can play – Go Fish being the first one that comes to mind.
Board Games – Maybe add a travel board game to your bag when you leave the house, or see if your library has one you can play.
Other Quiet Ways to Enjoy the Library
Drawing – Find an art book and try to mimic the works you see, or follow the instructions in a how to draw book.
Reading – Sounds silly right, reading at the library? My kids like to take turns reading to on another, pretending to be putting on their own story time.
Programming – Plus there are all the programs that libraries offer. So far this autumn my girls have been to two cooking classes and a painting class. This is what we choice to do this year instead of signing up for, paying for and not liking expensive extra curricular activities.