Activities To Do With Kid's: When It's Cold Outside
The kid's don't have to be bored during the cold weather, there are many things that will keep them entertained and enjoying the winter months! Parents, Guardians and Teachers join in the fun with them, you will find yourself having just as much fun as they are. Let's Get Started!
It's no secret that when the colder weather hits, most of us want to go into hibernation mode. Children and adults alike, become less active in their daily activities. Due to the cold weather many children do not get the opportunity to go outside and play with their friends after school, snow and ice limit the ability to safely go bike riding, rollerblading and outdoor swimming. More hours are spent watching television and playing video games. While there is nothing wrong with these things in moderation; it is great to keep the kid's busy with other things that not only are fun for them, but as an adult you will be sure to enjoy with them!
Let's check out some of the fun activities that can lead to great bonding experiences between children and parents, siblings, caregivers and friends.
Get your pen and paper out, or print out this list that will help you get through the Winter Boredom Blues.
Just because it is cold doesn't mean you have to be spend all of your days looking out the window, waiting for the warmth to come back. There are so many fun things that you and your kids will enjoy. Just Bundle up, ensuring everyone has the appropriate winter clothing on, such as winter coats, boats, scarves, gloves, hats and snow pants if needed. Warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate after, hint; marshmallows on top make it much more exciting!
- * BUILD A SNOWMAN: There is nothing more fun to a child than being able to get outside and build a great snowman. If you are lucky enough to get some of the cold white stuff, take advantage of it. Top it off your snowman or woman with some items you have around the house (carrot nose, button eyes, old scarf and hat) be creative with it.
* SNOW ANGELS: Your little angels will love making snow angels. It allows them to really get involved in the weather. The only thing you have to do is lay in the snow and move your arms and legs in an upward outward position a few times! Get up to see who made the most convincing angel. Be sure you and your child are dressed warm enough to do this. You should make your snow angel when you are almost ready to go in the house, since you will be getting snow all over you, you will be able to go inside and warm up quickly.
* Sledding: If you have a few small hills in your area, a great way to enjoy the snow is to go sledding/tobogganing. Before going, ensure the area is safe to do so, check for uneven areas, pot holes in the ground, any broken glass or other items that can turn the fun into a danger zone.
* Ice Skating: You don't have to own your own skates to enjoy ice skating! Many indoor rinks and some outdoor rinks rent ice skates for children and adults.
*Light Shows: Close to the holiday season, many towns make the presenting of the holiday lights and decorations a family occasion. Check out your local newspapers, news etc to see when your area or an area nearby holds their Light Show!
The great thing about indoor activities, is they can be enjoyed all year round, rather it's cold or boiling outside.
*Slumber Party: It doesn't have to be a birthday party to have a slumber party, this can be done in so many different ways. You can have only siblings, parents and children, children and a few of their friends. Whatever route you decide to go your child will have a blast. it's a great time to just let go and be free, tell some stories, eat good food and play alot of games.
*Scrap booking: I'm sure you have been taking pictures over the years. sitting down with your child and creating scrapbooks of the memories is alot of fun. The materials are not that expensive, you will find you have most of the materials around the house already, such as; construction paper, scissors, glue, photo books, stickers, etc. You may choose to be totally creative and draw pictures, borders, words for your scrapbook or you can cut them out from old magazines to give it an added touch, stencils and other materials for scrap booking can be purchased at craft stores or even at your local dollarstore.
*Movie Night: Why not gather up some of your child's favorite movies or rent new ones. Have a family movie night, top it off with a few snacks that you would normally enjoy at a movie theatre, such a popcorn, juice or soda. You will not only have a great time doing this at home, but you will save money as well.
*Game Night: Pull out the old board games that may be collecting dust around the house, pick a few games for the evening to play with your child and have a blast. On a creative streak? Why not make up your own games! I find that you can easily turn educating into a game with your child without them realizing. Just make up some questions that will help with all of the major subjects and give points for the correct answers. Play with a small or large group and let the competition begin.
*Wacky Cooking: Most children enjoy helping out in the kitchen. Explore your cookbooks or look online for recipes to do with kids Especially if you make it fun, take the time to do some baking with the children. Create your own fun names for the things you bake! Let the children help with the preparation, of your cookies, cupcakes, rice krispie squares, cakes etc. They can enjoy making their own designs and shapes etc.
*Activity Books/Pages: Everyone can enjoy coloring pages, word searches, crossword puzzles. You can easily print free pages from the internet or purchase your own activity books.
Children grow up quickly, be sure to enjoy all of the moments you have with them, try to spend as much time as you can with them building a loving, caring, trusting, relationship with your children. When it comes down to it, a child would rather have your love and attention than anything else.
Remember a family that plays together stays together! Build memories to last a lifetime!