It’s wintertime and most parents are looking for fun and creative indoor activities to keep children busy and out of the cold. The more creative and fun, the better! Here are a few fun ideas to pick from for all ages to get the wiggles out. Use these fun winter indoor activity ideas either at home or in the classroom.
Build a fort
Forts can be magical for kids to play and imagine, especially for the little ones. Whether it’s out of blankets or using other soft pieces around the house, you can make it as simple or as extravagant as you want! Use the fort for a quiet reading spot, a relaxing movie rest, or even as an imaginary boat or rocket ship!
This is a great activity to get some exercise and have fun while doing it! Even if it goes from an intense game of volleyball to just keep the balloon from touching the ground, it’s still going to be so much fun (and will wear them out for naptime too!)
You can bake cookies, cupcakes, or cakes and have a decorating station for the kids to show off their decorating skills! If you’re not the greatest baker, look for a cookie kit at your nearest grocery store. Get some fun decoration options, and put their imaginations to work!
Make a snowman you can eat
This is a great fine motor skill activity to help children understand size order and vocabulary, and it’s also delicious! Grab some vanilla ice cream and edible decorations like cereal, apple slices, licorice, m&m’s, etc. Make the snowman by making different size ice cream scoops, then decorate using the decorations. Example: Cheerios for eyes, mini m&m’s for buttons, apple slice for mouth. Go crazy and use your imagination!
Indoor obstacle course
Obstacle courses are great for team building, strategizing, and evoking creativeness. Look around your house and build the course throughout it! This will provide endless fun for the kids, and the parents as well, dependent upon how challenging you make the course.
If you’re looking for a bonding activity to keep everyone occupied and not thinking of the cold outside, bring out the board games! They are a great way to challenges you mind and encourage problem-solving skills, My personal favorites are the murder mysteries and “who done it’s”, they can last for hours and it’s so exciting when you figure it out in the end! Also, board games like Topple, Blank Slate, and Heads Up are also great family favorite picks!
About the Author:
Riva has been a PCS Mentor with Milhousing Network for over a year now ! She has been a military spouse for the last 4 years, and a stay-at-home mom to an energetic 3 year old. Her husband is active duty in the Navy and they have enjoyed the places the Navy has taken them. Their family currently live in Virginia Beach and loves it so much!