Willow, CTV Morning Live & Fun Indoor Activities to Stave Off Winter Boredom

Willow and I just got back from CTV Morning Live here in Ottawa and what a fun morning we had. You can watch the clip of us on the show here.

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Willow has been on CTV once before (for an outdoor segment) but this was her first time being in the studio and on set. We were demo’ing fun indoor activities to stave off winter boredom and to prep for the segment, we also did a lot of these activities at home to make sure they were tried, tested and true!

Here are the activities I had on the table at CTV:

The links above will take you off of my site and onto the websites where you can learn more about making each. If you have any questions though, leave them in the comments below!

Here are some of the supplies we used on the show. Borax Soap (Wal-Mart), glue (Dollar Store), paint (Dollar Store) and baby oil (Dollar Store).


Homemade Ring Toss Game

The ring toss game was super easy to make. Paper plates from the Dollar Store, a paper towel roll and a plastic funnel (also from the Dollar Store) were all I needed to make this one. The beauty of this is that you can involve the kids in the creation of the game itself and then, once it’s dry and ready to go, play with the game for hours!

We cut holes out of the center of each paper plate, painted them front and back, painted the paper towel roll and let everything dry. Then, we put the dried paper towel roll in the funnel and tossed the rings! We made a few variations of the game so let your imagination run!




Cloud Dough

Another big hit in our house. Cloud dough is SUPER easy to make. 4 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of baby oil are all you need. Simply add to a container of your choice, mix and add more baby oil if needed (the idea is to get it to a consistency where it will stick together). Super easy and it rivals the “magic sand” products that are currently in stores.

If scented product bothers you, you can also find unscented baby oil and use that instead.


Willow’s Favorite: Homemade Slime aka GOOEY GAK!

Willow calls this one gooey gak. She loves making it and playing with it and it keeps really, really well. All you need is Borax soap and white glue (or clear glue if you want translucent slime) along with your choice of food colouring.

Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tbsp of Borax in one dish, the entire 4oz container of glue and 1/2 cup water in another dish and then add food colouring (if you wish) to the glue/water mixture. Slowly stir the two together to form the slime.

Once the consistency is slimey and holding together, I usually lift it out of that bowl, discard the excess water (there will be lots!) and then place it on wax paper or in another container. The more you squish it and work it, the better it gets.



Decorating Cookies!

I had never made shortbread cookies before so I found a super simple recipe, baked them up and then we decorated them with Gramma! So much fun and you can involve your kiddos in each step of the process!



Lastly, here’s a few photos of my little TV star at the studio…. SO CUTE!