With shorter days and droppings temperatures, falling into a winter “rut” can happen quickly. For families with young children, being stuck indoors can make for antsy kids and stressed out parents. We’ve compiled a list of 10 easy, family-friendly things to do to beat those winter blues.
- Let out your artistic side: Roll a large piece of paper across the floor or cover your table with newspaper. Put out crayons, markers, paint or whatever you have handy and get artsy together!
- Build a box or blanket fort: Who hasn’t done this before? Pile up any spare boxes you have around, pillows and blankets and build a castle, a mansion or a skyscraper.
- Mad scientist potions: Take out anything you might have in your pantry (baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, cornstarch, sugar, flour, etc.) and just mix things together to see what happens!
- Cook together: Bring a step stool into the kitchen and get your hands dirty together. Let your children help measure out ingredients, mix and pour, roll out dough, or create their perfect pizza. Click here for a list of 21 fun recipes to cook with your kids.
- Sticky table (or window): Use painters tape to attach a large piece of contact paper to a table or on a window. Make sure the contact paper is sticky side up. Cut up some tissue paper, newspaper, streamers, straws, etc. and create a sticky masterpiece. If you do this on a window with tissue paper, it looks like stained glass!
- Simple STEM building: You can create some very cool buildings and creations with simple materials like popsicle sticks, toothpicks, mini-marshmallows, sugar cubes, bottle caps, rubber bands, straws, cardboard tubes and so much more. Using “found materials” to build and play can also be called Loose Parts. To learn more about Loose Parts, click here.
- DIY laser maze: You can use something as simple as yarn, string or crepe paper (streamers) to create a “laser mase” is a hallway or bedroom (see photo on the right).
- Have an indoor picnic (or tea party): Lay out a blanket in your living room and have a meal or afternoon tea together.
- Movie day: Pop the popcorn, get out the cozy blankets and cuddle up together for your favorite family film.
- Dance the blues away: Turn the music up loud and dance together as a family, have a dance off or add a competitive touch with a game of “Freeze Dance.”
Let us know which ones you try and share YOUR favorite ways to beat the winter blues!