Cold weather days may not seem like the ideal time for fun and excitement, but they can be! If wrapping up and heading outside for playtime isn’t your thing – don’t worry, it’s not mine either – try these fun ways to enjoy cold weather days (inside) with kids!
10 Fun Ways to Enjoy Cold Weather Days with Kids
These activities are perfect for kids of all ages. Simply tweak where necessary depending on your unique family dynamic. Another idea is to put these ideas into a rotation. Choose a different activity to do every other day and you’ll have only done each activity about once! Without further ado, here are some cold-weather activities to keep your kids busy this winter.
Bake a sweat treat.
Who doesn’t love a nice warm batch of freshly baked cookies, brownies, or cinnamon rolls? I’d say this is one sweet activity your kids will love. Not only will it be yummy to the tummy, but you’ll also enjoy quality time with your kids. If you have multiple kids of varying ages, consider putting all hands on deck.
Younger kiddos can be in charge of combining ingredients, stirring them together, and/or watching the timer to know when the treats are finished cooking. Older kids can read the directions and oversee (or help) younger ones with their jobs. Then everyone can enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Watch a classic movie.
Sure, modern movies are awesome; however, there’s nothing like exposing your kids to some good classics. Pop some popcorn (or grab some of those freshly baked cookies) and show them one of your childhood favorites. To give you some ideas:
- Home Alone
- The Sandlot
- The Sound of Music
- Free Willy
- An American Tail
Create a winter craft.
Leave the snowman outside and go for creating some winter-themed crafts where it’s nice and warm. Here are some ideas that are low-prep and lots of fun:
Build a fort.
If you have daughters, you can pretend your fort is a castle. For boys, they may want to pretend it’s a tent in the great outdoors. If you have a combination of both, you could always combine the two ideas! Forts also make great caves for reading your kids’ favorite books.
Make a hot cocoa bar.
Cold weather days call for a good warm beverage. Pull out all your favorite toppings, some hot cocoa packets, and get the warm water ready. Some topping favorites are: marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, and chocolate syrup. The possibilities are almost endless!
Try some Gingerbread Tea! Get the recipe here.
Have a karaoke and dance party.
Whether you make it a show or a sing and dance-all, playing some music, singing, and dancing is one way to have fun on cold weather days. You can have a theme or let each family member choose their favorite song. Bonus points if they know all the words!
Play dress up.
Send everyone to their rooms, set a timer, and let your imaginations soar. You’d be surprised by the creative things kids can come up with using their every day clothes. You could also try setting a theme and dressing up accordingly. Don’t forget to take pictures.
Board games, card games, and a classic round of hide-and-seek always brings a spark of fun on cold weather days. Don’t forget about other classics like I Spy, bingo, a scavenger hunt, and Mother May I?
Have a play date.
Get with a friend and let your kids play. They’ll enjoy the company of kids and you’ll enjoy the adult interaction. While they’re there, consider doing a winter craft together, such as making a pine cone bird feeder or stained glass art.
Make a winter sensory bin.
This works well if you have younger kids, but don’t be fooled, the older ones may want to play too. There are tons of ideas from using white beans and dyed blue rice to water beads and cotton balls. Your kids will enjoy this activity long after those cold weather days!
Cold weather days don’t have to keep you bogged down. Instead, use some (or all) of these ideas to start having fun inside. You’ll create memories that will last a lifetime, not to mention traditions that can be passed down for generations!
I’d love to hear from you! What are some things you like to do on cold ways with your ids? Let me know in the comments below.
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