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Winter can be hard on both parents and their children, and winter activities for kids can be hard to come by. It’s that time of year when everything seems to slow down, and the cold weather can put everyone in a bad mood. Not being able to play outside puts a damper on things, especially when kids are bored and need to expel some energy, and moms are exhausted and running out of activities to suggest. You all begin to feel cooped up, get cabin fever, and start praying for the warm weather to return. You can sit and sulk while your kids run circles around you announcing their boredom and then watch them throw tantrums, or you can let your guard down and put your OCD mom tendencies aside by allowing them to make a bit of a mess and welcome some chaos!
Here are five activities you can do with your kids to combat winter blues and boredom:
Play a board game (or two): Depending on your kids ages, board games such as Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Life, and Monopoly are all activities that will keep them occupied and will stimulate their minds.
Make Christmas cards: With Christmas around the corner, encourage your kids to make handmade Christmas cards for their friends and family. Arts and crafts are always a hit with kids because it gives them an opportunity to be creative.
Watch a movie: Most of us moms try to steer clear of screen time because we know it’s probably not the most educational activity, but it’s okay to splurge once in a while. You can limit it to one movie per day. Let your kids choose the movie. You can hype up the fun by including snacks like popcorn, pretzels and carrot sticks.
Camp indoors and/or make a fort: There’s nothing better for curing cabin fever like pretending to be outside. You can use a real small tent or give them some sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.. and let them make their own! Encourage them to build some sort of shelter or fort. Turn off the lights and give them sleeping bags and flashlights. End the day with some s’mores after dinner.
Make play dough: Getting children involved in making something is entertaining in itself. It teaches them to be helpful and that combining ingredients can result in something useful. The process is fun, but then the finished product will also keep them occupied for hours. The best part is when you make your own play dough you know exactly what’s in it – no chemicals or weird ingredients. Bonus points for you, mom. You can find countless recipes online and on pinterest.
It’s the midst of the chaos, it’s hard to remember that your kids won’t be kids forever and letting them use their imaginations and even sometimes make a mess will not only be fun for them, but it will help them make memories that will last them a lifetime. Remember that time spent with you will be remembered by them forever.
You can also read with you kids – check out our article about why reading with children is so important!