Is your family getting some cabin fever after staying inside so long this winter? Try these five indoor winter activities with your kids to change things up!
About this time of the year I start to get pretty stir crazy. I don’t need much in life, but I do love being able to go in and out of the house without having to put 10 layers on my children first. Knowing we can’t just run outside quickly can make it feel like the walls are closing in.We just bought a house this past fall, so thankfully the new-house-effect has been easing those cooped up feelings for now. But inevitably I’ll get to the point I suspect many of us get to in the chillier months: where we start running out of things to do with our ever-demanding toddlers/preschoolers.
Then we will be in definite need of some indoor winter activities!
Fear not, friends! I’ve compiled a few ideas to spice up your lives (people of the world!). For some ideas on what to do outside, check out my post on outdoor activities for winter. For now, let’s focus on ways to entertain our kids that don’t involve fighting off frostbite!
Here are 5 indoor winter activities for you and your kiddos:
1. Bake a Wintry Treat
I dunno about you, but my preschooler LOVES to bake with me. Honestly, I’m kind of a control freak in the kitchen, but I try to let her help haha. At 3 years old I pretty much just let her pour pre-measured cups of ingredients into the bowl and mix a little.
My soul dies a tiny bit when I know she’s over mixing something that REALLY isn’t supposed to be over mixed, but we’re in the business of making memories, right?
Sometimes I’ll put flour out on the table for her to draw in or give her a piece of dough to roll out. This recipe, however, is super easy not only for you non-bakers but also for your kiddos to help with. Enjoy!
2. Bring the snow inside
This is a fun way to make your kids feel like they’re not missing out on playing in the snow, without having to actually brave the cold. And it’s so simple!
Fill a bucket up with snow, bring it inside, and put it in the tub. Then let them sit in or next to the tub with some toy animals or people and have a ball pretend playing! We used some of Lulu’s Little People farm animals. She had so much fun pretending that the animals were digging and rolling in the snow.
I also used this time to teach about the kind of animals that can live outside all winter, and the kinds that need to take shelter. In the future I would love to get some penguins or polar bears, since farm animals typically don’t like to dig in the snow. 🙂
Make sure to have the kiddos wear something that can get a little wet, especially if they’re sitting right in there with the snow!
Here, let me give myself a huuuuge eye roll to save you the trouble. Haha, but yes, I am serious! Kids have SO. MUCH. ENERGY it’s ridiculous. How can someone so tiny have that much energy stored inside of them? It doesn’t make sense.
Nevertheless, this is our reality, folks. In the winter it can be such a struggle to find healthy ways to work out the wiggles. You know those movie “drink if…” games? I came up with one to get kids exercising while watching The Little Mermaid! That way they can burn some energy AND you can get the break. What could be better?
Another energy-burner we do a lot in our house is dance. Pro tip: if you need to get stuff done around the house and your kids want you to play with them- put on some music, call it a dance party, and just wiggle every now and then while you get your stuff done. Ha!
4. Make Snow Slime
Oh yeah, you heard me right. Snow slime!! Kids love stuff that’s ooey gooey, making slime pretty much the GOAT for childhood. It’s so easy to make, too!
All you need is glitter glue and liquid starch- both of which can just be bought at the nearest dollar store. You can also add your own glitter for extra sparkle! This will keep the kiddos entertained for awhile, and is a fun substitute for playing in actual snow. Get the full directions here.
5. Make Snow Cookies
Don’t worry, I won’t pressure you into more baking! This is another idea for bringing the snow inside so that your kids get their fill of it. This works best with heavier snow.
Grab a baking sheet or two and pack snow onto it until it’s almost to the top. Bust out the cookie cutters, and cut some shapes into it! For some reason, kids seem drawn to eating snow, so this will be a silly way for them to make it into an actual “treat”.
I hope this list gives you some fun ideas for those cold winter days that seem to drag on forever. If you try any of these indoor winter activities, let me know in the comments below!