November is here and I think we all know what that means…
While the winter months here in Kenosha are rough on us adults, they can be especially tough for kids. Children are little bundles of energy and when things get cold, they lose one of the biggest ways for them to burn energy… Being outside.
Now we are not saying that you can’t go outside… but we all know that getting the kids all bundled up to only spend a small amount of time outside doesn’t sound like anyone’s idea of fun.
Now that the kids are going to be spending more time inside, you might be nervous about running out of ideas. There are only so many art projects one kid can do, right? Don’t worry! We have some ideas for you to help inside time be a little more fun this winter!
Have An Indoor Picnic
Who doesn’t love a good picnic? Instead of just having another standard meal, take things down to the ground and enjoy a meal together on a blanket.
Not only will the meal itself be fun, but the prep can also be fun too! Come together as a family to make your meal and get it all packed and ready to go. Let everyone craft their own food and get everyone in on the fun. Make sure to find a basket to pack everything up into and take a journey to whatever room in the house you’d like.
Don’t stress about the mess and just enjoy the time together. Even if there is a mess, have your kids give a hand in cleaning up to encourage self-sufficiency.
Build An Awesome Fort!
This one isn’t just fun for kids, but adults too!
We all have amazing memories as kids of building big forts to hang out in all day, but now it’s time to pass those building skills on to the next generation.
Of course, you’ll need supplies. Gather up all the blankets and pillows you can find. Brooms, stools, and chairs make great supports to set your base. After that, just let your child’s imagination run wild as they build their awesome new space. You might be surprised to see the cool things that they can make.
Create A Scavenger Hunt
While this activity will require a little more effort on your part, it could result in hours of fun that work both your child’s body and brain.
First, you need to start with your goal. Find a spot in the house that your child would never look at and hide a treasure of treats, toys, or even money. After that, it’s time to work backwards. Figure out different ways to get creative with clues to lead your child around the house. You can make things as simple as a riddle, or require them to solve some kind of puzzle at every step. What’s great about this activity is that you can make things as easy or as difficult as you want. Each step should lead to the next in series that ultimately gets them to the finish line.
Now it’s time to launch! Leave them the first clue in a place that they will surely find it, and watch them as they start on their adventure!
Nothing wrong with the classics
While all these activities are fun, there is nothing wrong with all the classic activities that you might think of.
While there isn’t really enough room in this blog to list them all, here are some great resources for different projects to do indoors over the winter.
Hopefully, some of these resources will help you gather an entire library of ideas that will be sure to keep your child busy all winter long.
See! Spending time inside doesn’t have to be so bad! Which one of these ideas are you going to try first? We hope that with these in your pocket, winter will be a little bit easier for everyone!