When the nights get longer and the days get colder, it can be challenging to keep your kids entertained. Not to mention, the pandemic has kept families quarantined, making it even more of a struggle to come up with ideas to keep your children busy!
Children require activity as they develop because, as you probably know, they have high energy levels. They need to exercise their mind and body daily to grow up strong and healthy.
If you’re looking for ways to decrease the boredom in your house this winter and increase the fun, try out these X winter activities that will keep your kids happy! This list includes both indoor and outdoor activities to entertain your kids all winter long.
Just because it may be cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Getting fresh air will boost their mood, immune system and Vitamin D levels from the sun. Remember to dress your child in the appropriate winter gear before heading outside.
1. Play in the Snow
If you live in an area where you get snow, then go out and play in it! You can build a snowman, throw snowballs, make snow angels or chase your kids around in the soft snow. Don’t be afraid to play with them. Share your own favorite childhood snow activities, and you’ll be feeling like a kid who gets a snow day again.
2. Sled Ride
Another classic outdoor winter activity is sled riding. Find a snow-covered hill and make your way down it on a sled or snow tube. If you have younger children, set them on your lap as you go down.
Make it advanced for your older kids by adding a snow ramp at the bottom. Sledding is such a fun activity, and your kids will get great exercise from pulling the sled back up the hill.
3. Paint the Snow
It seems like color fades in wintertime. All the leaves fall off of the trees, and you’re left with a blanket of white. Give your yard some color by letting your kids paint the snow!
Mix some food coloring with water and put it in a spray bottle. Send your kids outside to spray the snow. Let them get creative or give them prompts as to what they should try to paint.
4. Gaze at Holiday Lights and Decorations
As the holiday draws near, you and your neighbors will begin embellishing your homes with twinkling lights and inflatable yard decorations. Once most of your neighborhood has been decorated, go for a walk with your kids.
They will marvel at all of the lights and get in the holiday spirit. Make it educational by telling your kids to count all of the blow-up Santas or telling you all of the colors they see.
5. Feed the Birds
During wintertime, birds have a more challenging time finding food, which is why so many people hang bird feeders in their yard. Create your own bird feeder or purchase one and watch with your kids as birds come flocking to eat the seed!
With the pandemic, it’s been difficult to leave your home, and you may be running out of ideas for indoor activities for your children. On days that are too cold to go outside, or on days where you would rather stay in, try out some of these indoor winter activities you may not have considered to keep your kids happy!
1. Bring the Snowman Indoors
Not literally, that would leave a mess! Instead of bringing Frosty in to let him melt on your floors, have your kids create an indoor version.
Grab some crafting supplies like white paper or paper plates, cotton balls, felt, buttons or any other crafting materials and have your kids create a snowman. They’ll love the creative freedom, and they can proudly hang them up to serve as indoor decorations.
2. Create a Chocolate Stand
Similar to the summer lemonade stand, a hot chocolate stand can help teach your kids about the basics of business. Plus, you can drink as much hot cocoa as you want!
Gather the necessary ingredients for hot chocolate and teach your kids how to make it. Have them give it a price and sell it to you or other family members. Tell them they should charge extra for additional toppings like marshmallows or peppermint.
3. Bake and Decorate Cookies
Cookies are an essential part of the winter and holiday season. Get started early and test some recipes with your kids!
Sugar cookies are always a good option. Provide your children with frosting and let them decorate. You can even use the homemade baked goods as gifts for grandparents or aunts and uncles.
4. Watch Winter Movies
Soon, television channels will be full of holiday movies for your family to enjoy. Take advantage of the Christmas classic movie marathons and cuddle up for a night of easy entertainment.
Prepare movie theater snacks — like popcorn, Skittles and soda — and turn on the TV. If you have a streaming service, have each of your kids pick a movie to watch.
5. Make a Scrapbook
Winter is the perfect time to make a scrapbook with your kids! It will be an activity that lasts over multiple days, so you can set aside one day per week to work on it.
Creating a scrapbook will bring back memories as you filter through photos to add to it. Leave a few pages open for your kids to craft. You’ll enjoy looking at it in years to come!
Join Your Kids in the Winter Fun
The best thing you can do this winter is to spend time doing these activities with your children. You’ll be able to bond with them like never before, and each side will reap the benefits of spending quality time together.