It's not going to get any warmer outside for a few months.
As it gets colder, the odds of me taking the kids outside get slimmer and slimmer.
So, I have decided to start a toddler activity swap. Mainly here in CT, but we can do it at a distance if everyone involved is willing to shoulder shipping costs.
Depending on how many families are involved will depend on how many groups of 10 we'll have.
Below is the letter I send out to families:
Dearest Moms, Dads, and caregivers of young ones,
I have an idea that you might be interested in. Now this might be over the top and kind of farfetched, but it just might work if we give it enough time.
As the winter approaches, there will be fewer and fewer chances to take the kids outside. We'll need activities to do at home...lots of them.
Here's where my idea comes into play. If we can get a bunch of interested parties each to make a self contained, age appropriate activity (say 18mo - 3yrs ) +/- that fits in a gallon zip-lock bag, then trade bags of activities with all parties. We'll each walk away a box of new activities!!
For instance, if 10 families participate, each family makes 10 copies of a fully contained low-cost activity and brings/mails them to our to per-determined place. We exchange activities. Then, when we leave, we will each have 10 ready-to-go activities!
Local families can meet here in New Haven, but out of town-ers can mail your activities to me and we can figure out how best to get the new sets back to you.
I'd love some feedback.
Feel free to forward this to any families you know. I'd like to set a get together date for this sometime in Mid-January.
Please email me: Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this thread. If you do not want to receive emails about this please message me and I'll do my best to get your address off the thread.