I know it is boring to talk about weather – but it has been COLD here in Pennsylvania! We are a family that enjoys the outdoors, but with wind chills well below zero we have to work extra hard to find quality winter boredom busters this year.
I’ll admit, part of the challenge is my own fault. The idea of going to a bounce house or indoor playground gives me the heebie-jeebies. So, we look for indoor activities that limit our “new” germ exposure. Now, I realize that, yes, I send my kids to school and of course they will get exposed to germs there. Totally true. But, if I can avoid non-essential germ exposure (especially with three kids 5 and under who always have their hands in their mouths), I will.
Here’s how we battle winter boredom in our home:
1. Throw on a jacket and get outside for 10 minutes.
We were lucky that early in the season Under Armour and Kids Headquarters sent us new winter jackets for the older boys. The Under Armour Puffer Jackets have been perfect for this winter because they keep the kids warm, but they do not cause them to overheat. The boys also have a little room in their jackets to layer a sweater or sweatshirt if they would like while still having the flexibility to run and play.
A few minutes of outside play in the yard or a quick walk can allow the kids to burn off some energy, breathe fresh air, and battle the winter blues. However, we limit outside play on very cold days to just a few minutes to avoid windburn and other winter hazards.
2. Bring favorite outdoor toys inside.
Outdoor toys like sand tables, play houses, cars, and scooters can be fun to play with inside and can “mix things up”. Space is often an issue as outdoor toys can be big, but you can bring items in temporarily – just give them a quick scrub down first!
My youngest is ALWAYS on the move. He can’t stop. Won’t stop. His outdoor car has been a lifesaver this winter! But, the constant movement explains the blurry pictures…sorry!
He was sent this adorable Under Armour long sleeve QB Slider football tee. I particularly like this one because my husband and I are former Maryland Terrapins and this shirt sports their colors. Go Terps!
3. Set up a craft station.
This is our command station for winter crafting.
4. Let the kids build structures, car ramps, etc. from recyclables.
We made this car garage from recyclables.
5. Rotate toys.
We take most of the new toys the kids receive at the holidays and hide them in the basement – we pull them out one by one when the kids are getting stir-crazy and need something new to do!
6. Play school.
Cold temperatures make a perfect excuse to practice reading and writing.
7. Play games so your kids learn to be gracious losers.
If your kids always win, they will not learn how to lose well.
8. Get in your 15-30 minutes a day of quality reading.
Here is one way to promote reading in your home.
How are you battling winter boredom with your kids? What are your best suggestions for keeping kids happy and healthy when it is too cold outside for extended play?
Disclosure: My boys were provided with Under Armour items from Kids Headquarters and I wanted to share them with you…all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. #UAHolidays #KidsHeadquarters