Got cabin fever? You're not alone. Being stuck indoors all winter will make anyone antsy. Instead of going stir crazy, try these fun things to do with kids in winter. From unique craft projects to fun in the snow, your entire family will grow closer as you make it through the colder months together.
Arts and Crafts
Crafts can keep kids entertained for hours. Embrace winter with these seasonal art projects.
- Make paper snowflakes and hang them up in unexpected places around your home.
- Make a pine cone bird feeder using peanut butter and birdseed. Then hang it outside a window where you'll get to see the birds enjoy the treat each day.
- Draw and color a mural showing a winter scene. Then hang it up in your living room where the kids will enjoy seeing it every day, or mail it to a family member who lives in an area of the country unaccustomed to snow.
- Take a knitting class at your local craft store and make hats for each other.
- Make a snowman suncatcher and hang it in a window that catches the bright morning sun.
- Use the back side of some leftover wrapping paper to draw and color life-sized pictures of one another.
Prepare your favorite winter foods together. The kids will love these sweet treats.
- Make homemade hot cocoa with marshmallows.
- Make ice cream using snow. All you need are milk or cream, vanilla, sugar, and the special ingredient: snow!
Engage in a little friendly competition as a family! Time will fly by with these games.
- Go bowling. If your kids are young, try the duckpins for little ones.
- Play board games together, and be sure to introduce the kids to some of your favorites!
- Have a snowball fight. If your kids are different ages/sizes, set a few "ground rules" up front.
- Take a guess at how much snow is on the ground. Then grab a ruler and go measure it to see how much snow you've gotten this year. See who comes closest to the right answer!
Winter doesn't have to mean a sedentary lifestyle. Stay active with fun, family-friendly activities.
- Go sledding together. Don't forget to bundle up and bring the bike helmets for added safety!
- Go roller skating at an indoor rink that plays your favorite music.
- Make snow angels in your yard and watch the snow fall together.
- Buy a kid-sized shovel and shovel the driveway or sidewalk together. If the snow is really deep, be sure to carve out a 'lighter' area for your kids to work.
- Build a snow fort together. Or, if it's too cold outside, build your own super fort indoors out of blankets, pillows, and large boxes.
Carry the season of giving beyond the holidays and teach your kids to do things for others throughout winter.
- Make greeting cards for residents of a local nursing home. Then take a field trip to deliver them together.
- Collect old winter coats from family members and friends. Then donate them to a local charity.
Use your time inside to learn new things as a family, from cinematic history to weather patterns.
- Make a graph showing each day's high and low temperatures for the week. Then make predictions about next week and see who's closest to each day's actual temperature.
- Visit your local library and check out books on winter themes. Then come home and take turns reading to one another. Bonus: use your phone to record one another reading and then save the recordings for bedtime stories on a night when you're extra exhausted.
- Show your kids how to use a phone camera to make a slow-motion video of the snow accumulating outside your window. Then send it to family members via email to show them how deep the snow really is!
- Fill a spray bottle with colored water and write in the snow. This is a fun way for young kids to practice their letters.
- Have family movie night with hot cocoa, popcorn and lots of blankets by the fire. Choose family-friendly movies or better yet, let the kids select the film!