If harsh winter weather conditions have you cooped up inside with your children this year, you may be looking for things to do to keep them (and you) occupied on a dime. These three simple activities will help you save some cash while creating a lifetime of memories for you and your family.
No- we aren't saying go camping in the snow. We're suggesting you go camping inside! Dress in comfy clothes, build a fire in the fireplace (or make a fake fire from construction paper), enjoy some S’mores and hot cocoa, build a tent out of blankets or pitch a real tent inside, tell ghost stories, read books, play board games and enjoy just hanging out without going out. Who says you have to wait until Spring or Summer to enjoy the joys of family bonding over a great camping trip? Get camping now! While you're stuck inside, make some fun winter snowflakes to hang from the ceiling above your indoor tent/fort, or make a cloud and sunny day scene.
Learn About the Weather and Holidays
The weather is awful outside, but you don't have to pretend it doesn't exist! Make a weather chart and mark off the temperature and weather conditions each day, and research how other areas are faring. Then, after you've done that, determine how other parts of the world celebrate the holidays. This will keep kids learning while on break, and you may even learn a thing or two you didn't know! While learning, also look into great foods you can bake that will reflect different cultures, or music from around the world. Make it a day (or two or three) to really learn about the fascinating world in which we live.
Make Gifts and Cards
If you’re going to be indoors, you may as well get crafty and creative. Have a crafting day and ask your kids to make cards for each family member, even those in your immediate family. This is a cute way for children (especially younger kids) to reconnect with and learn about the people in their family. You can also make goodie bags or baskets for family, neighbors or teachers.