Brent from The Children’s Workshop shares the following advice on keeping busy with fun activities this winter.
- Build: You don’t need those fancy Lego sets or even those big building blocks to give your kids the chance to build inside. Who remembers building forts as a kid? All we needed was some cushions, chairs, and blankets to build a fort in the living room. You could also get dixie cups from the local grocery store and build towers. Also if you have cardboard boxes laying around at home let the kids color on them and build with those as well. This really will allow their cognitive skills to thrive and grow.
- Arts & Crafts: Many people think that you need expensive art sets for kids to do some arts and crafts at home. Many Crayons, paints, papers, and materials can be purchased from the dollar store. You could look for some themed crafts ideas such as princesses or pirates. A good tip for this is to go to Party city or dollar tree and look for the crafts for birthdays. There is no rule against only using them on your birthday.
- Sensory: Sensory projects are very important for the development of our kids. Introducing them to new sights, smells, and textures can be fun and easy. All you need is a few good size bowls, maybe some materials such as bird seed, pieces of corn, softer materials like cotton, and even snow from outside. You should always monitor your kids if they are still putting a lot of materials in their mouths. Infants, toddlers, and sometimes even preschoolers are still exploring new objects by seeing how they taste. Don’t forget the classics like playdough and silly putty!
- Indoor Games that keep them moving: You could set up a treasure hunt with clues that have them moving around the house. Games that involve movement like freeze dance or setting up an indoor obstacle course are always a fun way to keep your kids moving. Indoor sports games like bowling where you can set up empty water bottles as the pins can keep your competitive kids interested. These games may sometimes be limited by space but can be adapted so that little space may not be a big problem.
Being stuck inside because of the cold winter months can be a real drag. These are just a few tips that you can use to help keep your kids active when they are stuck inside. Also you can look for value deals on places that offer more space for your kids to blow off some energy. Trampoline and inflatable parks sometimes have better deals for the number of people you bring so get a few friends together and see if you can get the group rate.
Hopefully with some of these tips winter can be a fun time for you and your family!