They. just. drag. on.
One thing I really work hard to be sure of is that there are plenty of indoor activities for kids during the winter that don’t involve electronics and screen time. We do let our kids have screen time for a limited amount every day, but I do think there is such a thing as too much screen time, which leads to affected attitudes.
Sometimes it feels like the cold will never end. But until the sunshine and warmth come back, it’s important to still try to do happy and fun activities with your kids. Being indoors all day everyday during the winter can be rough, but here’s some ideas on how to make it through.
5 Indoor Activities for Kids During Winter
Play board games
When it’s snowing out, we love to play board games. The girls are at the perfect age that they really get competitive and excited to play a good board game. Our current favorites are this game and this game. It’s fun to just spend a few hours playing a game and not worrying about what the weather is doing outside.
I’m really not an avid baker, but when it’s super cold outside, what better thing to do? Baking helps pass the time, plus you get a nice treat, and it will help warm up the house! The girls love to help me in the kitchen, especially on snow days. It makes them so proud when they are able to show off what they helped prepare for dessert.
Fun Snack Time
Speaking of treats, we make fun indoor activities for kids during winter by letting our kids play with their food. I know, I know. But really, if you find the right snack, and the right activity, it’s a win-win. Our most requested snack for this is definitely Goldfish Crackers by Pepperidge Farm.
When we let our kids have fun with their snacks, we always choose options that aren’t sugary or processed. We feel confident with having Goldfish crackers as a snack because they are always baked with real cheese and have no extra preservatives. The best part: no added dyes or colors that make our kids hyper or overstimulated!
See how we play with our snacks in this blog post about Fun After School Activities with Goldfish Crackers.
Our girls are big into puzzles as well. I love spending hours with them getting lost in a puzzle during the winter. It’s one of those things that you can start and work on here and there when you have spare time. Puzzles are also one of many great indoor activities for kids during the winter that ensure they aren’t having too much screen time!
Make A Pillow Fort
This is a great one for if (let’s hope not) the power goes out. Gather every single pillow and blanket you have, bring in some chairs, and build a fort! The kids will be excited and stay warm. 🙂
Read our tips for building the best pillow fort.
Beat the winter blues, and have fun with your kids while doing it! Spring will soon come, but until then try some of our fun indoor activities for kids during winter!