It’s wintertime, it’s cold, and it’s hard to come up with activities to keep your children occupied during the cold weather. Well, that was until you had us! In comes BP&W for the win (and the crowd roars)! Just kidding, but here are some ideas to keep your children, and YOU occupied at home this winter. Don’t forget to review Dr. Alita’s tips to keep your children warm and safe!
I Don’t Care What They Say! The Cold
Never Bothered Me Anyway
- Sledding: Ok if you grew up here, you remember the excitement of sledding in the snow. You don’t always have to go to your neighborhood hill to have a good time. Pulling a sled in the back or front yard is also a lot of fun. Don’t forget to play it safe, you still need the appropriate gear to protect everyone.
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman? You can’t have a proper winter without building a snowman. This is definitely an activity that you can put your own spin on. You can use old buttons, rocks, spare gemstones (if you’re fancy), and old clothes to decorate your snow man/woman. Be creative, you can make different sized snow-people to reflect your family.
- Be an Angel: Another fun activity for just about all ages is making snow angels! Put your snow pants on and dive in. You can leave them as they are, or decorate your angels, by drawing in the snow, or even add some color.
- Snowball Fight: Ok so, this activity will definitely require some ground rules if you have a wide age variation in your family. Set the rules before you go out, avoid the head shots, and make sure the snow is nice and fluffy instead of hard as ice. Make sure that you have a good set of gloves, or even multiple gloves to keep those hands warm.
- Writing on the Wall…or In the Snow: In the summer, we are able to use our driveways and sidewalks as a canvas for our art. It’s difficult to get the same level of vibrant colors in the winter, since the snow has a way of blocking our palette. However, you can use spray bottles filled with water and a little food coloring to draw on the snow. Trick your children into doing work by practicing letters, or solving math problems. You can give each kid a different color and watch the fusion of the creative minds.
It’s Waaaay too Cold to Be Outside Today! Now What?!
- Movie Time: What better way to spend a day inside, than to have theater time. You can watch an old favorite, or explore new films. You can even binge watch your favorite family series. Pop some popcorn, make a fruit or veggie tray, make sure that you have something to munch on. Take turns manning the remote so that everyone has the opportunity to make decisions.
- Build a Fort/Pretend Play: With a few simple household items, you can become anything you want to be. Use your imagination and creativity skills to recreate the environment for your family. You can become royalty, visit a prehistoric time/place, make an indoor campground, or private place. Your children will lead the way, you just need to help provide the supplies and join in!
- Let’s Cook Together: Ok, ok, I know this sounds crazy, but it can be a lot of fun. Bonding over food has been a family staple for ages. Your recipe can be as simple as ants on the log or a full meal. Depending on the time you want to spend, and the age of your children, you can make the task fit your family like a glove. You can mix this task with any of the others and have Taco Tuesday and game night, or an ice cream bar, the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to pack your patience for this activity, and make the clean-up process a family affair as well!
- Game Night! …. Or Day: Being stuck inside due to the snow, doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. Time to break out the board games. Games are stimulating for the family, and help with family bonding. We all spend way too much time on our various tech items, and experimenting with different board games will help you stimulate your minds. Watch out for the cheaters in your family!
- Clean Up: Time for spring cleaning in the winter. The holidays are over, and your family has accumulated a lot of stuff overtime. Those things can be toys, clothes, even dust. Taking time to gather things to give away, or even allow your children to rediscover their old times can be fun and beneficial. Pick simple tasks that are age appropriate for your children. Your younger children should look through their toys and find 3-5 things they can give away. This will help make room for those new Christmas toys that don’t seem to have a home yet. Your older children can find clothing items they don’t wear. Break out with some music and dance, make some fun out of it! Make it a game! Be creative, and get things done!