Winter time can often lead to one fussy momma and bored kids when there are days you just gotta stay inside. Now, I normally do not have an issue with my fellas complaining that they are bored. Actually, I like it. Those are usually the times they learn to occupy themselves using their creativity and peer mediation skills.
But when you have been cooped up in the house for an extended period of time, everyone can get a little cabin fever. Taking the “blah” out of those inside days to create fun for everyone can be a challenge, especially when you don’t little eyes glued to electronics all day. Here are a few ideas to take the “blah” away.
1. Make a Bored Jar
This is a great activity for any family. From a couple with no children to a family with older children, creating a board jar allows for everyone to contribute and have a lot of fun.
No jar, no problem. Use an old handi-wipe container, an old shoe box, or a large manila envelop. Whatever container you decide to use, go ahead and get creative decorating the outside.
There are a couple of great resources, that include printables, to help you get started planning your jar.
Mum in the Madhouse printable for all ages
2. Create an indoor scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts can adjusted for children of all ages. Before creating a hunt, think about the ability levels of your children. The hunt is a great activity for them to complete individually or as a family. You get to decide.
Below are a few ideas to help you get started.
- Selfie indoor scavenger hunt (for older children)
3. Build an epic fort
This has always been one of our favorite indoor activities. There’s nothing like grabbing blankets, pillows, and flashlights to hang out in for the day.
With three younger fellas still in the house, sometimes we have building contests. As a family, we talk about all of the qualities they think make an epic fort. Then we take all of those features and make a rubric. Each of the boys are then responsible for building a fort based upon those features. Once finished, they take turns presenting their fort. It’s a great way to keep them busy, be creative and work on their communication skills. I love seeing their creativity.
Staying inside doesn’t have to drive you batty momma. Use this time to create some of the best memories for you and your family. Whatever you do, let it work for your family and let it be fun.
What are some of your favorite winter indoor activities?