Our first “real” winter day arrived in Central Kentucky this past Saturday. The boys rushed outside as the first snowflakes fell and tried to catch a few on their tongues. I love their enthusiasm for this season that can often be a difficult one for moms. Ahem. This mom, anyway. 🙂
It’s not that I don’t like winter. I actually really enjoy November through March for a variety of reasons. I enjoy the holidays spent with family, my birthday, snow, the New Year, sweaters, and warm drinks galore! However, the cold and snow can sometimes make me feel trapped at home.
On those days, I like to have a a handful of mom (and kid) approved winter day activities in mind to keep the smiles coming and the boys happy. 🙂
Note: Should you exhaust all of these ideas, I shared some activities for rainy day fun here.
Winter Activities for Kids
I should begin by saying that our boys love to play outside, and we continue to go out to play, even as the temperatures get colder. We just bundle up and don’t stay out as long as we do in the warmer months. They rarely seem bothered by the cold!
One fun winter day activity is an outdoor scavenger hunt. While it is a chore to get four littles (and myself) dressed warmly and out the door, it usually does us all good to breathe in the fresh air and be outside. You could certainly plan ahead and find some cute ideas or printouts on Pinterest, but I usually haven’t thought that far in advance 🙂 It is simple to call out what I’d like for them to find: a pretty rock, five pinecones, or a cool stick. Some days I even ask them to gather any litter (also referred to as “glitter” by one child) they find. Make it your own; Girls will likely have totally different scavenger hunt goals than boys. The ideas are endless!
Fun snacks can add cheer to a dreary winter day. We will often make seasonal “trail mix” depending on what holiday we are approaching. This is easily adapted for your family’s dietary preferences.
He thought that yogurt covered raisin looked an awful lot like a Hungry Hippo ball! I have to agree. 🙂
I will usually set out four or five different mix-ins for the trail mix, give each of the boys a bowl, and let them “make” their own. They always enjoy the fun change for snack time.
We have a collection of costumes in a chest in the living room. Sometimes weeks will go by and no one will don a super hero cape. If I find this to be the case, I will ask each boy to pick out a costume and put on a “show.” These performances always leave me laughing, which is a perfect addition to any winter day (at least in my opinion).
There seems to be some magical powers in a baking sheet. At least our boys think so when I place an activity on one in front of them. I don’t always remember to use this trick, but it’s a great reminder for some winter day soon when we are feeling trapped inside. For the preschool crowd, math manipulatives (we love these counting bears or vehicles) work well.
Get out of the House
Chick-fil-a, the pet store, and the library are some of our favorite winter day hangouts. An added bonus for me, is that our Chick-fil-A and pet store are in close proximity. We will usually go look at the critters first, play in the play area, then eat. If we aren’t eating lunch, I will usually get myself coffee or some french fries for the boys to share.
During the winter months, I usually designate one day a week to be our library day, which we always look forward to. I am especially popular on the days I say “yes” to a bakery stop afterwards. 🙂
I learn so much from other mamas who share ideas and glimpses into their family life. It is my hope that these ideas will give you that same inspiration when you find yourself in a winter day rut.
What are your favorite winter day activities?