When the weather outside is frosty and cold, there are unlimited activities you and your family can enjoy all together. This isn’t the right time to go swimming…but if you know of a place where there are heated pools indoors, why not indulge in this activity with your family?
Here are some of my favorite indoor and outdoor winter activities I do with my kids. You can use them as inspiration to come up with your own family winter activities and traditions.
There is something about the smell of something in the oven that makes the whole house feel so cozy especially on a cold winter day. Whether its bread, cookies or cupcakes made from your grandmother’s favorite mix, baking treats in the oven is one of my favorite winter activities. My children love helping in measuring and mixing and they can’t wait to taste what they have helped make.
Make simple crafts
Make the family activities varied by coming up with easy to do craft projects that everyone in the home can easily make. This can range from making paper snowflakes to making indoor snowmen and edible snow. This will surely provide hours of family fun with things you can easily find in your house. You can check out Pinterest for more craft ideas.
Tidy up things at home
If you are not the kind of person that loves spending money and going out, you can use the winter to tidy up things in the house before the kids get back to school. Now is a great time to get started on spring cleaning by setting up some family clothes and toys you no longer need. With the holidays, new things are likely to come into your home and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the stuff. Ask your children to pick the old things they would like to get rid of as the new ones come in. You can sell the items at a yard store, give them away at a thrift store, or gift them to family or friends or simply throw those that are old and damaged.
Watch a Family Movie
This is probably one of my favorite winter family activities. I always rent or borrow a great family movie and then we all huddle together on the couch and enjoy a family movie. You simply need some snacks, a movie DVD and you’re good to go! You have a warm and comfortable way to spend some winter nights as a family.
Go Ice Skating
Ice skating can either be done indoors or outdoors. And it’s an excellent way to get your whole family moving which is usually a challenge in winter. Children can be like dogs-if they do not get enough exercise, they are likely to be hyperactive and show behavior problems. Whether you decide to go ice skating indoors or outdoors, try to schedule for off peak hours such as early in the mornings. That way, the place will be less crowded and if your kids are learning to skate, there will be more room to teach them.
So there you have it, winter doesn’t really have to be endless hours of flipping channels on the couch. There’s more you can actually do! Happy holidays!