When the kids are, anxious for the chance to get out there and romp in that wonderful white stuff, but the conditions are just too blustery, treat them to some indoor winter games instead. From building an indoor snowman to cooking up some snowman snacks, these ideas for indoor winter activities celebrate the cold and snowy outdoors in the comfort of your home.
01 of 09
Make Snowman Snacks
Gather the kids in the kitchen and turn on that warming oven to bake a batch of snowman cookies or make snowman cupcakes. If you don't want to bake, you can make snowman ice cream sundaes, fun sledding snowman graham cracker treats or any of these snowman party food ideas.
02 of 09
Indoor Snowball Fight
There's just something about a fresh snowfall that really revs up the kids’ energy levels. Help them expel some of that excitement with a little practice session for the snowball fight they’ll have when they finally do get to go out and play. Roll up balls of paper, white socks or make your own fabric snowballs. Give each kid a bucket of these indoor snowballs and let the toss them at each other for fun.
03 of 09
Winter Hot Cocoa Picnic
After the indoor snowball fight, the kids will want to warm up with some hot cocoa. Throw a white blanket on the floor and sprinkle it with cotton balls. Place it near your fireplace or build a faux fire and place it in the middle of the blanket. Brew up a pot of hot cocoa, serve it with cookies and let the kids gather on the floor for a warm winter picnic.
04 of 09
Homemade Winter Cottage
If you have a large box and a few craft supplies, then you have the materials needed to help the kids build their own winter cottage. Cut the window and door holes out of the box and then let them decorate with paint, glue, markers, ornaments and, of course, fake snow for the roof. Don't forget to top it with a chimney! (You can make one our of the leftover, cut out cardboard.)Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Build a Snowman
Think you need real snow and the outdoors to build a snowman? Think again. Stuff a bunch of large white pillowcases (with pillow stuffing or even crumpled up paper) and you have the makings for an indoor snowman. Velcro can help to stack them as well as to adhere items such as buttons, eyes, and nose onto your indoor snowman.
06 of 09
Winter Bingo Game
Make your own bingo sheets using winter-themed clipart. Switch the order of the clipart on each sheet. Print an extra sheet to cut out the clipart images and place them in a bowl. Use these to call the game of Bingo. Snow-cap style candies or mini marshmallows make fun, edible, winter-themed Bingo card markers.
07 of 09
Who says piñatas are only for birthday parties? A snow day sure feels like a holiday to kids, so why not celebrate with this exciting kids game? Fill a snowman or winter-themed pinata with treats. Don't have one on hand? You can make your own with supplies you probably have around the house, including a simple, paper bag pinata.
Clear a space inside where you can hang it and let them whack away until it spills out the goodies. Another fun idea is to fill the pinata with white confetti to... make it “snow” when it breaks open.
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09 of 09
Winter-Themed Kids Movies
When it’s cold outside, one of the best ways to keep warm and entertained is to snuggle up under the blankets and watch a winter-themed movie.
Some Suggestions for kids' movies with a winter theme:
- Snow Buddies
- Eight Below
- Snow Dogs
- Happy Feet
- Mr. Popper's Penguins
If school is closed due to snowy weather, you can invite the neighborhood kids over for an impromptu party featuring some of these indoor fun activities.