If you are reading this, that probably means you are recovering from all the outdoor fun that was discussed in last week’s article. Even with all the fun you had in the cold outdoors, it feels nice to get inside in the warmth for a bit. Besides, the fun can continue indoors, as there are many great winter activities that can be done inside the house! Here are a few:
1. Scavenger Hunt. Hide objects around the house that your little ones can find. Give them each the same number of items to find and put a time limit on the hunt. Whoever comes back with all his items first, wins! For single child families, time your child while he searches for the items. When the time is up, have him come to you with any items he has retrieved.
2. Make Snowflakes. We have all seen those snowflake decorations with the intricate designs on paper. Have your children help you make some as all children love crafts!
There are hundreds of tutorials across several online platforms with step by step instructions for these and other winter decorations. They do not have to be difficult either.
You will be amazed at the creations your children come up with. The whole family could get so occupied in all the fun you are having that the inside of the house ends up looking like the outside, covered in snow!
3. Cook. This may not be a winter specific activity, but it is a great way to warm up and pass the time together. The best thing about this is that it gives the parents and children so many choices. You can choose a dish that takes 15 minutes to cook or one that takes a few hours. It is all completely up to you. Children love helping out, so make these meal preparations fun and enjoyable for them.
What they do not know is that cooking also assists them with reading and comprehension skills.
If you want to give the experience that extra winter touch, you can make winter themed treats like snowman pancakes or gingerbread cookies. Delicious!
4. Build a fort. There is nothing quite like the memory of building a fort to bring back the nostalgia of childhood for adults. Bring out your inner child and help build a fort big enough for the whole family. All you need is a large bed sheet, a few pieces of furniture to place it on, and some pillows to make it a little more comfortable to lay on the floor.
Try to remember that this is an activity for your children to take the lead on. It is easy to get caught up in the wistfulness of it all and take over. Try not to do that.
Once the fort is built, everyone can get in and tell stories, watch a movie, or simply relax and bask in each other’s company.
Not only are these activities wonderful fun for the family, but they also require lots of energy and you know what that means … sleepy kids! After a day of fun, all your children will want to do is go through their bedtime routine and then sleep.