Friday, December 31, 2010

Jazzing up January

January's just days away.  Can you believe it?

A few years ago I learned from a friend what she does to make dull, boring January more fun for her and her kids.

It's called
Jazzing Up January

21 little envelopes sealed tightly for each weekday in January.

And everyday you get to open one up for a fun, simple, doable-each-day activity.

Fun, huh?

Something to look forward to each day . . .

Never knowing what the surprise might be . . .

And I've been wanting to do this for the last two years and just haven't been able to pull it together in time.  But when I thought of it the other day I realized that if I don't do it this year my daughter will soon be off to school and we'll miss our chance.

So I came up with my list, tucked each activity in an envelope and now I'm ready for years to come.

Here's how we'll be spending our January:

1. Make snowflakes and hang them from the ceiling.
2. Read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

3. Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows.

4. Make tracks in the snow with your snow boots.

5. Read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.

6. Read The Mitten by Jan Brett.

7. Make a snowman snack using donut holes.

8. Have a bubble bath.

9. Have a teddy bear picnic.

10. Order pizza for dinner.

11. Watch Frosty the Snowman.

12. Have a puppet show.

13. Make a winter collage using old magazines.

14. Build a snowman.

15. Make snow angles.

16. Read books by the fire.

17. Watch a movie and eat popcorn.

18. Paint with water and q-tips on construction paper.

19. Go sledding.

20. Play pin the carrot on the snowman.

21. Make cookies.

22. Build a fort.

I hope you join me and 
Have fun!


  1. What a wonderfully fun idea!! I think I am going to put a special activity in one of Sammy's working boxes! Thanks for the wonderful list of ideas!

  2. Oh how fun! I think I will have to join you :)

  3. What a great idea! If any month needs jazzing up, I figure it must be January.

  4. Love this idea, I hate not having anything to do and just turning on the tv. Thanks for the inspiration, love your blog!

  5. Wonderful idea! I just found your blog, and I am loving all of the cute projects, crafts, ideas, etc.! Thank you for sharing!

  6. What a rockin' idea! Will be featuring this!

  7. Thanks to you I'll be Jazzing Up January with my two girls as well. We are doing it a little differently since my oldest is in school (4th grade) and the youngest in preschool. We'll do our activities in the evening. I'll be posting updates on my blog.

  8. I love this idea!! I shared this idea today on my blog and created our own list of January activities. Thank you so much for sharing this with great idea. I'm also your newest follower:)

    Kara @