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MTA NYC: Looks like another neighborhood kind of day

Posted by on January 27th, 2011 at 11:26 am
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While most of the trains are on schedule today, the buses are still getting back on track and the 19 inches of snow is still being shoveled in many places, so why not make this a neighborhood day?

This snow storm made for some gorgeous scenery. It stuck to everything: roofs, cars, trees, windows. As a kid might say, “It looks like Harry Potter outside!” So make a fun activity that involves walking around your neighborhood and keeping this scenery forever. We all know it’s just a matter of time before this winter wonderland turns into a brown, slushy mess. So take advantage with crafts!

Hand the digital camera over to the kids and take them around the block. If you’re feeling uneasy about handing over your expensive technology, pick up a few throwaway cameras and let them go crazy. Lead the kids to your favorite snow spots around the block. After getting the pictures developed, leave the rest of the project in their hands. Hand them all the crafting supplies in the house: construction paper, glue, crayons, markers, paint, scissors, glitter, etc. There’s no rules here.  Who knows what they’ll come up with, but it is sure to keep them busy and help them to appreciate the changing seasons. It may be a masterpiece to keep forever, but it’s ok if it turns into a fun activity that ends up in the trash. There’s always sledding, snow ball fighting, snow-man making and snowcream to do later.

~Stephanie Shacter

photo: flickr/tim hettler

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Kelcey Kintner has worked in the White House, spent years as a TV reporter/anchor and earned a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia. But nothing has ever kicked her bum like motherhood. She has four children and tries to embrace the chaos without too much yelling. Kelcey is the creator and writer of The Mama Bird Diaries, a smart, funny and always unpredictable take on life as a New York mother. She is also one of the co-founders and a weekly contributor for The Mouthy Housewives, a humor advice site.

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