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So winter is coming (and I am not just talking about Game of Thrones) and that means snow for many of you. Now I live in the south and it just doesn’t know here, but it can get too cold to take the littles out. I am also a lazy mom. What does that mean? Well, I’m glad you asked. that means I do not like to leave the house. See. Lazy. So activities in the home are key. Now I have to come up with winter activities since the weather is changing.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love the winter. It’s breezy outside. I can open the windows and let the house breathe. All my unloved sweaters get to come out and play. It is just amazing, but it is not so great for my son. He gets a runny nose like you won’t believe. It is sad…. and gross.
So this time of year I have to find a way to stick inside, but it still be fun. I mean our old activities get, well, old. So now I am coming up with a whole new list, and lucky for you I am going to blog about it. I mean that’s blog life right? Come up with new ideas and share it will millions on the internet. Why not.
Now it is key to me to have easy to do activities that don’t require a lot of prep time on my behave. Remember I am a lazy mom. I also want something that I will enjoy just as much as my son. And I want enough of them so we can cycle them out and it not get too boring. I am thinking five new activities for our home will work. Hopefully, you’ll be able to take some from this list and used them too. So here is my list of five cozy winter activities to bond more with your kids (or at the very least get you through to the summer again).
A Twist On Movie Night
Now I say a twist on movie night because I know a lot of families already do this. We don’t really do family movie night (I mean I can only watch the same kid movie so many times) but we are working on it. Since so many families already do movie night, I think it is time we start making it a lot more fun.
First, why not actually buy the little movie threat popcorn bowls? Amazon sells them for real cheap. They also have some for hotdogs and nachos if you want to really go all out. Then, why not make some props for the movie scenes? My mother tells me when she and her friends used to go to the movie theater they would bring in stuff to act out certain scenes as they play. To me, that just sounds like something my son would like.
Family Craft Night
It is like family game night, but better. I personally don’t like playing board games with my son. He just isn’t’ old enough. But you know what he is old enough for? Crafts. It doesn’t snow where we are at. I am thinking of getting some fake snow and seeing if we can make little snowmen. We also might make some ornaments for the Christmas tree. I mean there is just so much stuff you can do.
This is another one of those easy winter activities I am sure your kids (and mine) will love. Now I am thinking of adding food dye to our cubes so they are colorful, but this can be done with just normal ice cubes. Take a plate (something the kids can’t break but the ice won’t soak) and stack those cubes. Adding salt to the surface helps them stick together better. Just be careful. Too much salt and they start to melt faster.
Camp Fire Night
Maybe it’s a southern thing, but we love our fires when the cold weather comes to visit. I noticed my son isn’t really into just sitting around the fire. So I made him a little makeshift “sleeping bag”. It was really a blanket I wrapped around him while he laid on the ground and looked at the stars. Whatever, it worked. I think if we treat it more like an event for them they’ll be happier with it.
This is just one from my childhood. We always made forts growing up. My son likes to call them tents. To each their own I guess. Now we make them with little pretend fire as well, and his stuff animals are pretend creatures from the woods. I mean it is a great time and all mommy has to do is sit there. What better way to bond with your kid then doing nothing at all.
I really can’t wait to start doing more of these things with my son. He has such an active imagination, I just love being near him as he plays. What are some things your family does during the winter to keep the play alive?
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