During winter weekends and holidays, what can a mom do to entertain her kids? Finding fun activities for kids to do during the winter is not an easy task. Sometimes you can’t say, “Go outside and play!” because the ground is covered with three feet of snow!
Here are some creative and fun ideas to keep your kids busy during the cold, rainy or snowy days.
- Inside tents. All six of my munchkins love to be involved with building tents or forts. I know it’s not fun folding all the sheets back up, but the hours of happy play is well worth the extra effort! You can surprise your kids and throw some Ritz crackers s’mores in the oven for a fun “camp-out” snack. Be involved and encourage your child’s imagination by showing these small tokens of thoughtfulness.
- Hide and Seek. Depending on your child’s age, you can change this up quite a bit. You can split into teams, play in the dark or hide items instead of people. You could also add points and a reward for a more competitive twist.
- Mattress Tumbling! My kids love to pull out their mattresses and start jumping and tumbling. I don’t mind as long as no one gets hurt. Pick an area away from your favorite breakables and lay out some mattresses on the floor where your kids can do hand-stands, flips and cartwheels. We also stack them up for some fun jumping games!
- Painting. Choose some washable paints and let your kids make masterpieces. If you have the funds, you could purchase some piggy banks or other ceramic items to paint. Finger-painting is a hit with toddlers!
- Baking. Are you wanting to test some holiday recipes? Involve your kids! Sure, it may get a little messier and take longer, but your kids will love the opportunity to learn this life-skill as well as enjoy measuring and taste-testing the ingredients!
- Reading. Choose a chapter book that you love and would love to share with your kids. Many preschoolers and older kids love to cuddle with mom or dad and listen to an exciting story. Books without pictures is more of an adventure because the kids can imagine and create the scenes in their minds.
- Puzzles. This is a great way to keep kids quiet and entertained. All the munchkins can be involved and you can start them off with directions and walk away to make dinner. If you have the time, sit down and enjoy creating the masterpiece with them. It’s a fun way to encourage siblings to work together to achieve one goal. Choose puzzles with their favorite characters or pictures that interest them. Keep the number of pieces to a child-friendly level.
- Dress-up! Keep a collection of dress-up clothes handy. Hats, sunglasses, wigs and scarves are always great for imaginative play. You don’t have to go out and buy over-priced costumes. Let your kid’s creativity soar as they choose different items to make their own unique costume. My three-year-old always tucks a pillowcase in his shirt for “wings.” I can’t help but grin every time I see him sport his “wings.”
- Balloon games. Blow up a few balloons and play balloon volleyball, hot potatoe and other creative games. Just make sure you toss any popped balloons immediately to avoid choking hazards.
What activities do you enjoy doing with your kids during the chilly fall and winter months? We would love to hear them in the comments section!
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