We moms all need lots of ideas to keep our sweet kiddos occupied during those cold winter months. Being cooped up in the house all day with small children can be a little rough on everyone, so I wanted to share some of the things I do with my own kids during the winter. These things do not include screen time (tv, iPad, tablets, etc.) which is always a bonus.
Here is my TOP 10 LIST (in no particular order):
- Lollipops and books – Enjoy some bonding time while reading to your children. To help sweeten the moment and occupy their busy bodies, give them a lollipop while you read. It will motivate them to sit with you for more than 5 minutes. 🙂
- The museum – Most of us have a plethora of museums to choose from in and around the cities we live in. Choose a free one, or go on a “free day,” or get an annual pass to your kids’ favorite one so you can go multiple times during those winter months.
- The public library – Many public libraries have kids areas where they can check out books, play with toys, and be a little louder than they would in other areas of the library. Take advantage of the free programs available at the library such as Story Time or Reading Buddies.
- Do a large puzzle – Kids seem to really enjoy puzzles, especially if mom or dad does the puzzle alongside them. Make sure the puzzle is age appropriate so they can truly enjoy it.
- Play-Doh extravaganza – Clear your kitchen table and throw down a placemat. Open up several containers of Play-Doh and all the Play-Doh tools you can find. If you don’t have any Play-Doh tools, pull out your cookie cutters, garlic press (great for Play-Doh hair!!), and plastic utensils. Play with your kids and you’ll have just as much fun! You can also get messy and make your own Play-Doh with your kids. It’s a blast and kids love to see all the bright colors they can make!
- Bake cookies – I realize it takes about 3 times longer and is 10 times messier to make cookies WITH you children, but it is totally worth it. Kids love to bake with their parents. It’s fun for them to create and especially EAT their hard work 😉
- Play a card game or dice game – The age of your kids will determine the game you can play of course. Since my kids are all under 5 years old, the games we like to play are Candyland, GoFish, Pop the Pig and the Memory card game.
- Make a meal together – This acts as double duty because not only do your kids get to have some fun cooking in the kitchen, but YOU get lunch made as well 🙂
- Play hide and seek – I don’t know about your kids, but most kids of ANY age enjoy playing hide and seek. I always crack up at the silly places my kids try to hide themselves.
- Make a fort – Kids LOVES to make forts! Forts can be made out of blankets, pillows, furniture, and pretty much anything else kids can find. Once you help them make the fort, they are often occupied for quite a while as they play make-believe and create their own reality.
I hope these ideas help add some fun to your kids’ days during the cold winter months. Feel free to print this list (view free printable below) by clicking here: 10 free indoor activities to do with your kids. Or Pin the image below to remember this list when you need it most!
These happen to be MY kids’ favorite free indoor activities but I know there are a lot more ideas out there. Want to share some of your own favorites? Please comment below! I’m always looking for more options to keep everyone busy and happy during the winter!