I don’t know about you, but I live in Canada. Winter comes every year and even if we love it, sometimes you just don’t want to go outside and deal with the cold. These activities are examples of what I enjoy doing with the kids I’m taking care of when winter traps us indoors.
1. Build a fort.
The way we do it is that we make a fort in the living room, turn the lights off and then watch a movie or read books with a flashlight. It has an indoor camping feel to it that everybody loves.
2. Make fun dominos pattern or try to build a house of cards.
They have to use their imagination and practice their patience.
3. Try new science experiments because learning is fun.
The Magic Milk one is a big hit. You could also make some slime or crystals.
4. Hide and Seek/Treasure Hunt
Now, we have two different ways to play it. The first one is the traditional one. The second one consists of the kids hiding a set of monkeys from a “Barrel of Monkeys” or any toys that you want, and then I look for it.
5. Touch and Feel Box
Get a box, put an object in it and cover the player’s eyes. The person has to try and guess what’s in the box without looking. You can also give clues and let them ask questions about the object.
6. Have a dance party
I’m a big fan of this one. We usually make a playlist together and then have ourselves a dance party. If we’re feeling fancy, we turn the lights off and turn on a constellation night light that acts as a disco ball.
This is also one of my favourite. Be sure to find a kid friendly recipe. You can help them measure and mix, but for the most part, they’ll get it pretty fast. The best part is that you get to try your treat once it’s ready!
To switch it up you could mix pieces from two separate puzzles and ask the kids to make them both.
9. Fetch The Objects Game
I have no idea what to call this game. Ask your children to go look for something specific, for example, something red or something that starts with the letter “S”.
10. Simon Says
This game is a classic for a reason, it keeps everyone entertained and on their toes.
*Tip: If your child is learning a foreign language try to play it in that language and make it a fun learning experience.