Keeping Kids Entertained in the Winter Months

Keeping Kids Entertained in the Winter Months

by Martha Scully

Although the holidays have come and gone, the crisp winter air is here to stay - for a little while anyway! I am thankful for the quality time I’ve spent with my children this winter, but I’m running out of ideas to keep my girls busy. I decided to pull out some of my old Early Childhood Education books to give me some ideas. Just thought I would share them with you!

Indoor Activities:

  • Winter crafts – colouring, painting, sketching
  • Prepare a play or puppet show – set up a ‘stage’ and ‘stage curtain’ where your children can perform this for family members or friends
  • Play board games – winter provides a great opportunity to pull out some of the classics and revisit your youth!
  • Dance – our daughters love to dance to any kind of music. Last night we set up a runway and my daughters did different poses and dances.
  • Bake goodies – I myself am not much of a “baker” so this is a wonderful challenge for me. My children love to make cookies, cupcakes, and other goodies.
  • Work on a jigsaw puzzle – I remember doing this as a child and actually liking it. The cost of puzzles are so reasonable and they are hours of entertainment.
  • Have a tea party – put on your finest attire and serve tea and biscuits. Always a hit at any age.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Play in the snow – build a snow fort or snowman, make a snow angel, go sledding
  • Go for a walk and observe wildlife – visit a local park and explore the differences between winter and summer.
  • Organize a scavenger hunt – make a list of items to collect and set a time limit
  • Ice skate – indoor or outdoor, but there’s nothing like skating outdoors!
  • Make and put up a bird feeder – simple but exciting when you get your first visitor
  • Pretend – explore Antarctica or visit the North Pole!
  • Have a winter picnic – bring warm sandwiches, hot chocolate in a thermos, soup, cookies, and a blanket

Remember that both children and caregivers need to bundle up before going outside; dress in layers and keep your head and ears covered at all times to maintain body heat. Never leave a child playing outside alone and make sure that the play area is close to a warm shelter.

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.