Although everyone is anxious for Spring, you likely won’t be sending the kids outdoors with their sidewalk chalk and skipping ropes for a few weeks yet. Thankfully, we’ve pulled together five ideas for keeping your Little Ones entertained indoors to get you through the rest of winter. The following activities could easily last for hours and, once you get the ball rolling, should only require your participation here-and-there throughout the day!
Around The World
Write the names of 10-15 countries onto Popsicle sticks and store them in a decorated jar (be sure to include destinations your kids are curious about!) Pick a day of the week to “travel” and have fun learning about a new place. We suggest investing in an atlas (check for one at your local thrift store) as an alternative to hopping on the computer for research. You could decide what clothes would be appropriate for the climate and dress up, make a snack or meal inspired by the national cuisine, and make copies of the national flag to display. See where you child’s interest takes you, be it history, geography, or music & art, and have fun exploring a foreign culture. Bon voyage!
Using gold stickers and black construction paper, have fun creating your very own constellations. Use a white pencil to connect the dots and then make stories about them. You can help your child write a few notes about their story on some lined paper which they can later tape to the back of their starry creation. If you’d like to take the activity a little further, purchase a few packs of glow-in-the-dark stars and help your child recreate their personalized star formations on their bedroom wall—a great incentive for jumping into bed at the end of the day!
Paper is a truly magical medium. It’s deceivingly simple and easy to come by, just add a little tape, glue, and some pencil crayons and there’s no shortage of creative potential! Present the activity to your kids as a “challenge” to see how many projects they can create using humble sheets of paper. Offer them some variety, such as blank sheets of white paper, coloured construction paper, Bristol board, and wrapping paper. Keep the following list of paper projects handy in case they need some fun suggestions for what to create next!
Kids just love to be in the kitchen! Choose a day to bake, and make it your mission to fill the house with the sweet aroma of chocolate chip cookies and fruit-filled muffins. Not only will you have packable treats for lunch boxes, you’ll also have fun indulging throughout the day. Granted, this activity will require you to be very hands-on, so use it as an opportunity to enjoy the company of your littles in an environment that’s often kids-free. If you find yourself with too many goodies for your own family, package them up as gifts! Ask your kids to decorate paper bags and fill them with tasty treats for their friends, grandparents, or teachers—no need for a special occasion to brighten someone else’s day!
Ever heard of Jane Goodall? This incredible lady is best known for her study of chimpanzees—decades of monkey-watching adventures. You may not have a jungle in your backyard, however your kids will have have fun investigating the secret lives of their cats, dogs, or fishes! Set them up with a journal, dedicating a page for the following categories: “sleep”, “play”, “food”, and “funny habits”. Add more sections according to your child’s interests. Instruct your little one to study their pet by observing them throughout the day. Encourage them to take notes and draw pictures to explain what they see. To take the activity further, give your child a disposable camera for their research. Later you can develop the photos and glue them into their journal!
Keeping your kiddos happily engaged indoors can be a challenge. We hope that with a little creative preparation, both you and your family will have lots to last you through the final days of winter.