7 Indoor Activities for Gloomy Days

Thursday, 11 January 2018 Winter can be beautiful, but after the holidays the cold and rainy months just drag on and on. The weather is unreliable at best, and there are a lot of days that it’s too cold to let the kids play outside. Or too dark because the sun goes down 10 minutes after it comes up, if it even decided to come out that day. Finding fun activities for the kids during this season can be a challenge, so we’ve put a few together for you. Here are 7 ideas for fun indoor activities to keep the kids (and you) from going stir crazy this winter!
1.      Board Games/Puzzles: On especially gloomy days, I love to turn on some music and pull out a puzzle or game to do with my family. Just pick your favorite and play!
2.      Art projects/Crafts: Bring out the crayons, markers, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and googly eyes. Cold or rainy days are the perfect time to get crafty. If you don’t have a lot of craft supplies, don’t worry. Kids can make art with anything. (Have you heard of macaroni art?)
3.      Write letters to family: I know we’re in the digital age, but writing letters is a fun and different way to spend your day inside. Write letters to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Teach your kids how to address the envelope! Older family members will love it, and your littles will get to feel the excitement and anticipation of receiving a letter back in the mail.
4.      Mad Libs: Do you remember these? They’re fun and educational. You get to create silly stories, and your kiddos learn the different parts of speech. We even made an Incredible Pizza themed Mad Libs just for you! Click Here to print your copy of our Mad Libs. Bonus points if you find us on Facebook and let us see your silly stories!
5.      Have fun in the kitchen: Choose something delicious to make, and let the kids help you. Kids enjoy making (and eating) sweets, and it turns out baking is a great way to learn kitchen measurements and math. Did you know there are 256 tablespoons in a gallon? And there are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon so there are 768 teaspoons in a gallon. See? Baking=math=learning. So, baking cookies is actually a good thing.
6.      Movie Night: Let the kids pick a movie and make an activity of it. Get your favorite treats, pop some popcorn, get in your pajamas, bring all of your blankets and pillows out and make a giant cozy pallet on the floor in front of the TV, turn off all the lights, and enjoy!
7.      Create a Scavenger Hunt with a prize at the end: Come up with a prize that your kids will love and create hints and clues to send them searching all over the house. HINT: the more clues you create and hide, the longer your kids will stay occupied. Make sure that the clues and hints are age appropriate. For kids 5 and under, include images or drawings in your hints.
These are a few ideas we thought of, but let us know if you have any other awesome ideas that your kids like!   Click here for a copy of our Mad Libs.