Before that big snow storm hits or the temperatures drop into the single digits, make sure you are set with a plan to keep your kids preoccupied while they are stuck indoors. With that being said, the Voice of Play and International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association have some ideas to help you build a plan to beat wintertime boredom.
First of all, a little bit of snow doesn’t mean you have to waive the white flag. As long as you bundle the kids up before heading out, building snowmen and having a snowball fight can occupy them for hours. Whether you decide to join them or give them a little time for some free play, greeting them with hot chocolate afterwards makes for a great treat to warm up.
If the temperatures are just too cold, there are countless ways to keep busy indoors that don’t revolve around television or computer screens. If you’re looking to spend some quality time just you and the kids, get out of the house every once in a while to visit the library, a museum or an aviary. If you’ve had a little too much togetherness time, you could invite a friend or two over to play. Give them the challenge to leave their electronics in the kitchen and focus on using their imaginations.
Once you’ve exhausted those options – and if the sun still has yet to shine – try to find an indoor activity that matches your child’s hobbies or favorite activities. If that isn’t a possibility, work on creating a new hobby together, like baking, scrapbooking, painting, sewing, science experiments, photography or volunteering. For the younger kids, you can’t go wrong with indoor forts and dress-up.
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Spending a snowy day with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa is a great way to beat wintertime boredom.
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