Winter is the time of year for the coldest temperatures and the most amount of time that your children have off during the school year due to holidays and bad weather. There are several activities that you can share with your kids to pass the long, cold winter days.
Outdoor winter activities are an option for some wintertime fun. An old-fashioned snowball fight or just building a snowman can be fun for the entire family. Young children especially enjoy flopping on their backs and making snow angels. Sledding and ice skating can also be a way for your children to get some much needed exercise during long periods inside. A walk in the woods can allow your young explorers to see animal tracks in the snow that they would normally not see.While outside activities can be great fun, you should only allow your children to venture outside if the temperature is reasonable and do not allow the children to stay outside too long. Make sure that they are dressed in layers and that they are wearing a hat and a pair of gloves.
For inside activities, there are numerous craft projects that you can do. For smaller children, you can make a scene of a woods or a farm and allow them to color small pictures of animals to paste on it. This helps the children to use their imagination and can lead to hours of fun.You can also allow your child to cut designs out of folded pieces of paper. Young children are always amazed when the paper becomes a snowflake.
Another indoors activity that you could share with your small child is an exploration of their toy box. They may find toys that they have forgotten that they had. Take the time to play with their favorites, making up stories and letting them add their own details. This activity will exercise their minds as well as your own.
Board games are also a good way to spend quality time with your children. With the popularity of video games, families have gotten away from playing Candyland or Chutes and Ladders. It may be time for your family to rediscover the enjoyment that these games can provide as well as the chance for you and your children to communicate.
Cooking and baking can be a fun family activity, especially if you have younger children. You should plan this activity when you have plenty of time to enjoy it. Little ones love to mix things, be it mud in the back yard or milk in the dog’s food dish. Give them free reign. Put the ingredients in the mixing bowl and let them go. They will have the time of their lives. The smile on their faces will be well worth the mess that you may have afterwards.
Reading is another activity that you can share with your young children. Studies have proven that children whose parents read to them regularly become better readers themselves. So take the time and read a book to your child. It will pay off in the long run.
Although some animals hibernate during the winter that does not mean that we have to. Enjoy quality time with your children whether it’s inside or out. You will be glad that you did.