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5 Winter Weather Activities to do with Kids

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.

fort

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.

box

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?

computer

Heh.

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.

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56 thoughts on “5 Winter Weather Activities to do with Kids

  1. We like to make playdough. The kids can't do the cooking part yet, but they can squeeze the ziploc bag to distribute the food coloring, and then I give them cookie cutters and they're entertained for at least a half hour!

  2. My girls will stay busy for HOURS when I fill one of those rectangular- plastic bins that slide under a bed with different things such as rice, dry beans, or sand. I am sure any kind of container would work, but I love this kind because it is long and flat making it easy for them to get around and not crowd each-other. I bought some of those plastic tubes that are filled with different tiny animal sets at A.C Moore. (They have so many different themes…artic, jungle, barnyard, dinosaurs etc….) and keep them put back to go along with it for rainy/snowy days. When I fill the bin up with something and get some of those animals out their imagination takes off for hours! One time I even filled the bin with ice to go along with the artic animals and that was a huge hit! I always put the bin on top of a plastic tarp so whatever spills out of the bin goes on to the tarp for super easy clean up.

  3. Although they are simple ideas…he (3 yrs old) will sit and read his books for about 30 minutes at a time. We always try to keep a stock of books in different rooms in the house so he can sit and read on his own or with one of us. Occasionally he’ll climb in the dog/cat bed and read. Another option in the evenings to keep him from the tv, is he’ll sit with his granddad and while granddad plays the piano they sing many Christmas songs, yes even though Christmas has been over for a month now. But it’ll occupy at least 30 minutes of his time and he can sing, dance, have fun and best of all…no tv involved.

  4. What fun ideas! I was always a big fan of the play fort as well, but it’s so true there reaches a point where it’s just DONE. We haven’t done a fort in awhile, will have to try that soon.

  5. I know I’m late to response to this; I’m a “late bloomer” to this blog!:) My girls always made forts and would spend hours playing in them. The living room was a mess, but they had so much fun. My brothers and I also did the same thing when we were kids, and it was the best time! My girls also would turn boxes into playhouses or puppet stages (with a small box) and spend all day making puppets out of socks, then rehearsing for the big show! I really miss all the fun now that they are too old for that stuff.

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