If you live in a cold climate like Minnesota, chances are you’re getting sick of the chilly wind, ice, snow, sleet and frigid temperatures. Here are some activities for you and your kids –or you and your boyfriend, girlfriend or domestic partner. Seriously, if you haven’t built a fort out of couch cushions with your significant honey, you are really missing out!
Or if you have young kids and cabin fever is getting the best of you as you run out of indoor activities, these are some good ones that I like because they don’t involve screen time nor do they involve intense one-on-one imaginative play which, let’s face it, gets really tiring after a while. So these are fun games that don’t require you to dress up, speak in funny voices (unless you want to) or use too much brain power.
Enjoy! And don’t forget to laugh, it releases endorphins and will make the long, dark days of winter a little sunnier.
1. Play hide and seek
2. Pull the paper out of your recycling and make a tear-and-paste collage
3. Practice yoga poses, see which ones your kids can do with you
4. Have a dance party (with your music)
5. Play Simon Says to give kids directions “Simon says put your socks on” “Simon says put five toys away”
6. Take a bath together or move a comfy chair to the bathroom and read while your child plays in the tub
7. Pull out the miscellaneous Tupperware for bath toys
8. Go to the library (they’re still there!)
9. Make soup together with carrots, zucchini or root vegetables your child can cut with a dull knife
10. Make a fort out of couch cushions, blankets, old sheets, tack things to the wall, bring snacks inside, go all out!