It’s the dead of winter, the kids are antsy, and vitamin D is hard to come by. What’s a mama to do? When we find ourselves stuck in the house for days on end while the wind howls outside and the temperature drops to obscene numbers, I find myself desperate for things to keep the kids occupied.
You’ve been there, right?
Here are some of our favorite winter weather activities to do with kids.
5 Winter Weather Activities to do with Kids
1) Build a fort. The kids love to gather the throw pillows from both of our couches (this totals 11) and I allow them to use a few of the quilts from the guest closet, and they build the biggest, bestest fort EVER.
Time spent: 60 minutes. After that, it’s downhill all the way. Once the fighting commences, it’s time to move to activity #2.
2) Make paper snowflakes. This is MESSY but it’s easy to clean up, and my kids love it. We just take white paper and make paper snowflakes — you know, the kind you made in elementary school.
I wish I could tell you we hang them around the house and enjoy them, but they usually end up in the trash. Did I ever mention that I hate clutter? Yeah, I thought so. But it’s a great way to pass some time, and it’s fabulous for their fine motor skills. It also teaches symmetry. Here is a simple set of instructions for making paper snowflakes.
Time spent: 30 minutes.
3) Make a play house. I am amazed at the amount of time my girls can spend making large cardboard mailing boxes into a work of art. I give them the box, a bag of markers, a pair of scissors (I’m on hand to help if need be) and they go to town.
Time spent: hours and hours.
4) Cooking show! The kids love to pretend they are on a cooking show. If I have bread or granola to make, I let them help me. Or we will make a batch of cookies. I get out my Flip cam and take video footage of them baking and telling me what they are doing. They love to channel their inner Ina, and it helps keep them from fighting or destroying the house when I have cooking to do.
Time spent: 30 minutes or so.
5) Games. This idea isn’t exactly original, but it’s one of our faves. We love Sorry!, Chutes and Ladders, Uno Attack, and Othello.
Time spent: 30-45 minutes, depending on the age and attention span of your children.
And when all else fails?
I would love to hear your winter fun ideas. I’m always looking for constructive ways to keep the kids occupied and off of the TV and computer.