It can be stressful for all of us when we don’t have organized winter activities to do with our kids. If you are worried about how to keep your children engaged; read on, we’ve got you covered with these boredom hacks!
One way to keep your kids engaged during winter is to join them in doing simple cooking tasks. You can allow them to crack eggs, mix the ingredients and other easy duties. Your children will find every step of baking interesting. You can bake cookies and brownies, and make extra for taking to school.
2. Do puzzles
Puzzles are at the top of our winter activities list to keep a family entertained during the long storm. You can work on puzzles as a team. Need a geography brush up? Puzzle maps are a great way to get kids to discover countries and learn territories!
3. Board games
The boredom that comes with prolonged cold weather and being stuck inside will make even the standard board game interesting. Opt for games that do not end quickly. Monopoly, Junior, Zingo, Mouse Trap, Chess. If you want to get really creative have your kids personalize the Monopoly board. Have them re-brand the properties with their own titles. Let them get creative with community chess and chance! It’s fun to see what they come up with and its a great way to bring the family together!
4. Get creative with arts
You can also opt for crafty projects that will keep kids entertained during a cold winter storm. Provide plain papers and cards that will encourage your child to come up with their own ideas. Provide washable markers, pencils, and stickers and if you can find it a roll of masking tape! Not only does art keep the kids busy, it also allows them to learn. Your kids will spend a lot of their time here, and perhaps they’ve even made a sweet gift for grandma! You can personalize their projects by adding decorative ribbons with the child’s name and gift it later for Xmas or New Year’s Eve.
5. Read books
If you have interesting books, you can read the stories to your kids. Be creative with your story-telling – Use quirky voices and body movements to animate the characters and capture your kid’s attention into the story. Pick short stories that can hold your kids’ attention. You do not want long books that will lose their attention halfway into the narration. You can also read other publications such as magazines and newspapers or if you need a break find a great classic in the audio version!
6. Picnic in the living room
An indoor picnic is an excellent way to keep warm and entertained during winter. You can spread a blanket on the floor. Let teh kids help set it up. They love it when we break routine!
7. Build forts
Get creative with simple materials in your home. You can use duct tape and a pair of scissors to transform a cardboard into a box for your kid. Sometimes you have to allow kids to disorganize your home. Pile up your pillows, cushions, and blankets. Let the children create forts depending on their creativity and fantasy. Building forts keeps your kids entertained for hours. Children also enjoy destroying their creations and building different ones.
8. Play music and have a dance party
You can also play some music from your phone and have a dance party inside your living room. Music is therapeutic and creates the right mood to spend some energy for both you and your kids. Dance with your kids and enjoy how they jump around and dance. Pick some familiar music tracks that you can listen to with the entire family and have some fun. Need a a new play list? We’ve got some great free ones in our music section!
9. A campsite in the living room
Pretend it is summertime and create a campground in the living room. Dress the children in pajamas and let them sleep in their sleeping bags. Let them sleep in that fort they built, or you can erect a tent if you have one. Switch off the lights and keep the fireplace crackling. Add to the fun by roasting marshmallows!
About the author: Annabelle Carter Short is a freelance writer/editor and seamstress of more than 7 years. She also works with few organizations to provide families with the best resources for raising and educating a special needs child. When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. Annabelle likes to make DIY and crafty projects in her free time with her two kids: Elizabeth (age 6) and Michael (age 8).