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Hangin’ In: Creative Ideas for Indoor Fun

Hangin’ In: Creative Ideas for Indoor Fun

All the leaves have fallen off the trees, there is a layer of frost on the front lawn in the morning when you leave for work, and it’s time to put on that itchy turtle neck sweater that you had almost forgotten was hanging in the back of your closet.

That’s right! The winter season is upon us! The days are shorter and the nights longer. Not to mention the frigid temperatures and red noses that we deal with all season long. Getting the winter blues is not uncommon and it can seem like there is nothing to do on the coldest days of the winter season. Children are especially prone to getting cabin fever and it is on these snow bound days that all parents dread two words: “I’m bored.” Every parent knows that with the holiday season upon us, kids will be home on vacation and looking for something to do. Oftentimes, it may seem like there is nothing to do on such stormy days stuck inside, but putting on your creative thinking cap can help you to come up with some great indoor activities. Avoid the winter boredom blues and keep your kids preoccupied and happy this winter season with these five creative ideas for indoor fun.

Put on Your Chef Hat
Children love to get right in the middle of whatever is going on and get their hands dirty. Therefore, it makes sense that baking is a great way for children to keep busy. Cooking is very much the definition of hands-on fun. Getting our hands dirty, smelling different spices, and of course tasting are all perks to baking with our loved ones. Not a great cook? Cooking with your children can prove to be a great way to learn and have fun trying out new recipes. There are loads of easy, fun recipes that children can help out with. Take a look at this website to get your creative juices flowing.

Create a Game Room
Children may be preoccupied with their video games and other technological devices, but there are other fun games to play when stuck indoors. Creating a scavenger hunt inside is one idea that can get children excited about finding hidden surprises scattered throughout the house. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money on creating different games for children to play. Using ordinary things lying around the house can be just as effective and help get rid of junk collecting dust. Just pick a spot in the house and clear it out to create a game center where children can move around a bit and challenge one another to such simple activities as a beanbag toss or using a beach ball for a fun game of balance. The options are really limitless as to what types of games you can come up with to keep your children preoccupied.

Get Moving
Getting cabin fever during the winter months is a normal feeling that we all have. Not being able to go outside and do some of our favorite things during the warmer seasons can make us feel miserable. All that pent up energy that kids have from not being able to run outdoors can wreak havoc during the stormiest days of the season. That is why it is important to do things that keep us moving even if we are stuck indoors on a frigid, winter day. A creative way to get moving is to have a dance party. Don’t be afraid to turn up the music and dance like no one is watching. It doesn’t even matter if you are in pajamas or not. You can even spice it up a little by putting on costumes and have a theme-like dance party. Not only is dancing a great energy burner, but it is a great way to get kids off the couch and exercise at the same time.

Become a Storyteller
Many people would find it hard to argue that there is nothing like a good story. Whether it is cuddling up by the fire and reading out loud to your child or having them read a book to you, reading is one of the best ways to stimulate the mind. Not only will children get engrossed by a good book, but they will also challenge their reading and listening skills at the same time! Another great idea is to spend time with older children by letting their imagination run wild by creating some of their own stories. Adults can get involved too and share the joy of creating an imaginative story to share with their children. Who knows, perhaps a theatre production can emerge and you and your child can put on a play. Without a doubt, this would be a very creative and fun way to spend the day.

Channel Your Inner Artiste
Drawing and painting are great interactive ways to spend time with your children. It doesn’t take a whole lot to do this either. Channeling your inner artiest lets the imagination run free and can result in some great works of art. This even gives us adults the chance to pick up a crayon or two and create something that reminds us of our childhood when we used to draw for fun. Arts and crafts are another way that children can create something. With the holiday season upon us, there are lots of things that children can create to give to others. Take a look at this website (http://www.kidactivities.net/category/seasonal-winter-artscrafts.aspx) for some fun craft ideas to do this winter season. It doesn’t matter what you do really, just make sure to have fun and not be afraid to put on your creative thinking cap!

1 comment

1 Mary { 12.26.13 at 2:45 pm }

Love the scavenger hunt idea-used to do that with my 4 kids whenthey were young-had to find items with clues to next that would eventually lead to small prize like candy or such-they had lots of fun looking for clues and making fun of each other-Also would build forts from chairs and blankets and have
sock wars with bundled socks that didnt really hurt-but let loose some of their pent up energies and were funny!-Have to admit I sometimes joined in-great fun!

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