Perhaps it’s because we are in the South and used to warm weather, but when the temperatures turn cold we tend to hibernate.
That means we have to get creative with indoor activities for the kids.
Fortunately, we have a few ideas up our sleeves and new items, such as Qixels, keep things new and fresh each year!
Winter Indoor Activities For Kids
There is no reason for bored, bickering kids when you have an imagination and creative mind to help make the winter months fun!
Hopefully, these simple 5 winter indoor activities will keep your child from getting cabin fever—and will help you maintain your sanity!
Gather a few supplies and get ready to have a bit of fun!
Create Your Own Fun
Qixels is a creative activity set that inspires kids to use their imagination to create their own fun! Using cubes that fuse together with a water, kids can create their own 8-bit world of characters.
Boys and girls alike will enjoy using their hands and creativity to construct their favorite pixelated characters. They can use the templates provided by Moose Toys or use their own imagination to build new designs.
Then, start pressing the plunger on the Turbo Dryer to set the station spinning to dry your creation and head off to enjoy it.
Either on your computer or handwritten piece of paper, come up with an easy scavenger hunt for the kids to do inside the house. They can then search alone or in teams. Find small prizes you can put together for the winners.
If you get a little creative with it, the scavenger hunt can keep them entertained all day. You can even make the clues and prizes involved in the scavenger hunt related to whatever you’ve planned for the next activity.
For example, the ultimate goal of the scavenger hunt could be for your kids to gather all of the things they’ll need for the craft project you’ll introduce to them afterward. That way, they’ll be excited to keep going until the end.
Spread newspaper on the kitchen table and pull out the craft box. Let your child have free reign to create or sit down and help them make a designated craft. Even a roll of paper and set of crayons can help them express themselves while sick and be therapeutic for everyone.
To help your kids feel extra proud of their work, you can set up a display area for their craft projects. And to make it more engaging, you can even let your kids help you prepare the display area.
But aside from arts and crafts, another option is to introduce them to a toy or items that they can build. Lego, for instance, has various buildable sets of blocks available for all ages and is great for kids who love putting things together.
You can check out various Lego reviews online to help you decide on the best sets for your little ones.
Yes, I do have 4 daughters. But, you can even get the boys interested in the fun. Mix up the show and have the kids put together creative, unique and wacky outfits. It’s all in the name of a little fashion fun.
Break out the board games, card, and gaming systems. Create a list of games for everyone to play and make it a friendly competition. An easy point system used throughout the day can motivate everyone to play along.
Crown the overall winner at the end of the day or simply celebrate the fact that the whole family won by spending time together.
Interactive activities, such as puzzles and card games, can be an excellent way to get your kids to engage their brains while having fun. These can also help build their visualization skills, memory, and problem-solving skills.
Ultimately, choosing the right games can contribute to improving concentration, memory, as well as sportsmanship.
Make a Fort
Surely you have done this a time or two. Pull out the blankets and/or sheets. Rearrange the furniture. Put together a fun fort for everyone to climb inside and play!
In the Kitchen
My kids love to help us in the kitchen. Whether cooking dinner or baking confectionery creations in the oven, there is plenty the kids can help with in the kitchen. Let them make a mess, you can always clean up afterward. The time spent with them is more than worth the time cleaning.
Switch roles and let your child be the doctor. Lay a picnic blanket on the floor and have a tea party minus the ants. Grab the stuffed animals and let your child become zookeeper for the day. The ideas are limited only by your child’s imagination.
No matter what the weather is like outside, you can still have a magical time indoors with a little spontaneous planning and creativity!
Qixels by Moose Toys
Qixels (pronounced “Quick-suls”) are appropriate for ages five and up and are available at mass retailers everywhere from $9.99 – $19.99.
With Qixels, Moose Toys has carved out the “craftstruction” category, the newest creative activity play pattern that appeals to boys and girls alike.