This year winter is already feeling a little longer and darker than normal. We’re all going to be spending a lot more time at home with only our close family for company. So it’s a good idea to get a few ideas ready to keep yourselves entertained and to prevent boredom from setting in. Not going stir crazy would be a bonus! Here are a few fun activities to make the time fly.
There is something truly comforting about being inside a fort. Kids adore them, and if we’re honest, adults do too. So, why not shift the furniture, gather up all the blankets and pillows in your home, and make the biggest and best fort you can. Add some little electric lights and curl up together with a book, a screen, or even just a tea set. Whatever you do, when you do it inside a fort, it’s much more magical.
Playing games together is a great way to not only pass the time but to create lasting memories as well. No matter what age your kids are, there are loads of great board games to try. If board games make you think of Monopoly and CandyLand, I implore you to look at the diverse world games out there.
There are games like My First Orchard for preschoolers, which are cooperative and a great fun way to practice school skills like taking turns. You can try a classic like Ticket To Ride for older kids, which is a fun and engaging journey across Europe. Finally, card games like Sushi Go are easy to learn and quick to play.
School might be out, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Continuing education at home can be a great way to get kids genuinely excited about learning, which can be missing from school.
There are loads of easy, fun activities to help your kids to keep learning through the holiday. There are some great kids learning platforms. These make learning fun and personalized. Another option is to get a kid’s chemistry set. Chemistry is fantastic, and you can do some really exciting experiments using items you have in your kitchen.
Speaking of the kitchen, why not do some cooking, baking, or candy making as a family. No matter the age of your kids, they can get involved. I’ve never met a child who doesn’t love to stir a bowl.
You can have all sorts of fun trying out new recipes and learning new skills together. Plus, it’s empowering for kids to make, decorate, and then eat something they had a hand in creating. If you’re making things like biscuits and candy, it really doesn’t matter if it goes wrong or if things get messy. If you go into it intending to have fun, then that’s exactly what will happen.
If you’re not confident in your cooking skills, why not try something like Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats. They taste good and are really easy to make. All you have to do is melt some chocolate and then stir in the cereal. Mix it up, put it in some bun cases, and you’re all done. Fun, easy, and really hard to mess up.
Exercise is a fun activity for the whole family. Getting moving is good for your body and your mood. Even if you’re stuck inside, there are loads of ways you can get some exercise as a family. I suggest trawling through youtube for some exercise videos that you can all have a go at.
You could all take turns picking one so that no one feels forced into doing something they hate over and over. It also means you’ll probably end up trying some ridiculous dance videos. So not only will you get moving, you can all have some fun together as well.
Films are always better when it’s dark out. So winter is the perfect time of year for family film nights. Grab some blankets, make some popcorn, and pick a film. Once you’re all done fighting over who gets the best spot on the couch, you can start the movie and enjoy some escapism. There are loads of great films you can get your hands on, so why not use the winter weather as a good excuse to find your newest family favorites.
For anyone who has Netflix, I wholeheartedly recommend giving Jingle Jangle a try. It’s magical and uplifting. The music is wonderful, and the dancing is phenomenal. It’s also a good one to rewatch, which is a good thing because since watching it, my son has asked for it every night this week!
Brought to you by Guest Author, Cristin Howard. Co-Founder of Smart Parent Advice, a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Cristin writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase.
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