Winter is an incredible season; the earth is resting, the air is fresh and chilly, and who doesn’t love the look of a snowy landscape?
The problem is, with inclement weather being more prominent in winter, there can be long periods of time when families have to bunker in and stay indoors.
Here, we’ll provide you with some fun winter activities for kids and teens (as well as a few ideas for parents to interact with their kids).
Most of these are simple things that you can do indoors, so there’s no need to worry about shoveling snow or being unable to play in the great outdoors.
Key Point: Be Engaging
One of the most important things that parents can consider when planning indoor activities is to make them engaging. Kids will only be productive and happy if they are enjoying what they’re doing.
For this reason, you’ll find most of these ideas to be games that incorporate multiple senses and require more than just sitting around in front of a television.
Learn a New Language.
Learning a new language is a great way for kids to learn about other cultures and can improve their listening skills and ability to think in the abstract.
There are many language courses available as apps, most of which use ‘pictures’ instead of words to help children associate languages with images (thereby making it easier for them to remember).
Do Some Drawing/Painting.
Coloring books are great for kids, but drawing and painting are even better because they allow children to tap into their creative side.
So, pick up some chalk or some crayons and let your little Picasso free!
Do Something With Your Hands.
There are many crafts-type activities that can be done indoors, and kids will especially enjoy this kind of activity when it’s cold outside. Many papercraft kits have all of the materials for you to do projects with your kids, as well as detailed instructions, so you don’t have to worry about them accidentally ruining a piece of art that they’ve made.
This is great for teaching children to work together because, without fail, they will not be able to make anything if they cannot cooperate with each other in a positive way.
Make Music Together
Kids love music.
Grab some large bean bag chairs, sit in a circle and make some noise by clapping or stomping on a bucket to the rhythm of your favorite song!
Kids who are learning an instrument in school could get involved by bringing that instrument to the circle with them. This act of “jamming” is actually really good for a studying musician.
Play A Game
Board Games, card games, and video games are all great indoor activities for the wintertime.
However, there is something to be said about getting together with friends or family and playing a board game.
Practicing social skills while engaging in a fun activity is one of the best ways to help your child learn how to interact with others.