We live in Boston. It’s cold and the winters are sometimes brutal. While we believe in the idea that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes… there are simply days no one wants to go outside because it’s so cold.
So to prevent cabin fever, we have compiled a whole lot of winter activities for kids to get them moving and keep them playing!
Surviving winter with kids
This guide is specifically for kids from toddler to second grade because activities are suitable for most kids ages 2-8. In some cases younger but also in some cases older.
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Let kids get active inside with these Indoor Winter boredom busters
Our young kids need to get their bodies moving. It’s imperative for both their physical and mental development. Improving their gross motor skills with simple play activities
My friend Jamie at Hands on As We Grow has play challenges including a Get Active Inside challenge!
Winter crafts and activities for kids
The super cold, can’t-feel-your-face kinds of days are the perfect time to snuggle up under a blanket and watch a movie, talk, or read books. But all day every day, and you’ll need a few more ideas to keep everyone sane.
First, grab our snowy day book list and continue with our fun craft ideas below!
- Marshmallow Snowman Art
- Examine snowflake shapes
- Winter Craft Idea List
- Snowman craft ideas
- Make a South Pole story scene
Head outside with your kids in the winter, but learn to keep them safe and warm
Remember that when we take our children in the car, we need to strap them in where the seatbelt would not be in a different position if a coat wasn’t on. Read more about staying safe in the car and in car seats during the winter here.
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If Just heading out to play in the snow or take a walk, to get them bundled up and go have fun! My colleague and friend, Linda wrote a book called There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather and is all about raising kids to be resilient!
We also take the time to talk about our blessings and that there are many people without a warm home. The last few winters we have put together “warm packs” and winter homeless care packages to help serve the less fortunate in our city.
Stay healthy during the winter months and sick season!
Especially this year it feels like everyone has been dreadfully miserable. We typically make our own elderberry syrup to take daily to ward of the nasties at this time of year.
Everyone touts the benefits of Spring Cleaning, but I personally believe in winter cleaning. I take winter break to cleaning and organize my kids’ things. We also use a variety of essential oils to clean and stay healthy during the stuffy indoor winter months.
- What to accomplish on winter break to set your child up for Success in the Spring.
- Sneaky ways germs are infiltrating your home and how to stop it
Are you the PARENT that needs out?!
I get it, we get stuffy and stir crazy too. Winter is the perfect time to plan date nights in or even look for a great babysitter that you trust and your kids love.
I have found that most moms feel the intensity and overwhelm most during the holidays and the cold months of the year as family squeezes in an almost suffocates every waking moment of their time. Remember it’s important for your mental health to set aside time both for yourself and for your spouse.
Your kids aren’t the only ones who need to get active indoors.
Check out the “Be Healthy Mama” Fitness & Mental Health log.
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