Today I am excited to introduce you to another wonderful blogger who will be sharing tips on entertaining kids during the winter months. You can find Patricia blogging over at The TT Diaries, be sure to stop and say “Hi”! Enjoy the post!!
Winter is upon us. The wind has a nipping chill to it, the ground is hard, and gloves are required. If you are like me you have a love-hate relationship with winter and all of its elements. I love it when it snows but hate the travel. I love the nip in the air but hate having to dress everyone in 4 layers before we can go outside. You see what I am saying there is an upside and a downside to this season.
However, I think my biggest complaint with this season is my children being cooped up inside because of the freezing temps. It seems when they are all inside the arguments increase and my patience decreases. So I am always trying to look for ways to entertain my kids during the winter months other than them being glued to the television or computer for hours on end. So with every problem there must be a solution. I decided I would take some time this week and make a list of activities you can do with your children during these winter months that won’t break the piggy bank.
Places to Go:
1. Children’s Museum: Most Children’s museums offer a FREE day once a month or a very cheap monthly pass. I think this is a great way to entertain children while they learn.
2. Hotel or YMCA Day Pass: Take the day and pretend it is summer by buying a day pass to swim in a heated pool either at your local YMCA or a hotel. These day passes are very inexpensive and worth it for some pool side relaxation.
3. Roller Skating or Ice Skating: If you go in the afternoon to Roller Skate or Ice Skate often you can get a midday special that is half the cost. Check with the company to see if they offer specials for certain days of the week.
4. Inflatable Play House: Take the kids and set them free to jump around and release all of their energy. Often times birthday parties are held in the fun houses but there is days where they have open time that you can bring your kids for a minimal fee.
5. Art Classes: You can take your children to make masterpieces and release their inner artist. There are places like You Made It that offer classes in painting and clay art. The best thing is you get to leave with what you make.
Outdoor Play At Home:
1. The top of my list is always going to be building a snowman and sledding!!
2. Build an Igloo for instructions on how to do this very fun project the whole family can get involved in click here.
3. Paint the Snow: According to Parenting.com all you have to do is fill spray bottles with water and a few drops of food coloring. I know my kids will be trying this one very soon!!
4. Blow Ice Bubbles: Give your children a container of bubbles to blow outside and watch them freeze. Idea from Sheknows.com
5. Get Active: Almost every time it snows real good my family likes to play a good game of flag football in the snow. We take Bandanas to make the “flags”, bundle up, and get our game on.
1. Make Fossils with Play Doh: All you need is twigs, leaves, shells, glue, and Play Doh to teach your kids what happens when fossils are made. Source
2. Treasure Hunt: We have done this before and it is a big hit. All you have to do is take a few small toys or treats and hide them around your house. Give your kids a list of clues and watch the fun unfold. Normally I will have one big treat at the end that they can earn by getting all of the clues right.
3. Rice Box: Fill a little box with rice, beans, and uncooked noodles and hide little treasures inside. Give the kids scoops, spoons, and cups to “dig” for their treasure with. This is a much neater alternative to sand box play. To learn more on how to do this visit this site.
4. Build a Fort: There are days when I let me kids have full run of the living room. I let them take all the blankets and sheets out of our cabinet to build a fort play land. They LOVE this. I normally don’t see them for hours. They read, write, color, pretend, and even eat in their fort land. Yes it is a pain to clean up later and normally I have to wash the sheets but it is well worth it for them to enjoy their day of play.
5. Writing Box: I absolutely love this idea that I found on www.familycorner.com. In a shoe box sized plastic container put crayons, markers, paper pads, stickers, stencils, pencils, a pencil sharpener, and an eraser. I suggest to visit the link to this website because there was a few more great ideas listed for indoor fun.
Now my fellow Moms we are equipped for days of fun in the next few months left in winter. I am excited about trying some of these new ideas and visiting some old favorites when the boredom sets in around my household. I hope you all enjoy!! Until Next Time, TT To see the sources of the photos please click on the photos
Hello my name is Patricia Robertson and I blog over at The TT Diaries. I am a happily married mother of four blessings from above. My children’s ages are 12, 12 (yes twins LOL), 7, and 5. My only son is the youngest. I enjoy blogging. I find it relaxing to share with others. I work from home as an Independent Consultant for Perfectly Posh. I have been with Posh for over a year now. I enjoy pampering Moms just like me. I have high hopes of writing a book one day. I believe I have been given a gift of writing and I don’t want to waste it. I look forward to meeting many new people through guest blogging and my personal blog. I hope you enjoy reading. Love, Patricia Robertson (TT)