The calmer but colder winter months are an opportunity to slow down and bond with your family. You can make the most of indoor time by planning family projects and read-aloud sessions. It’s also a great time to get up and be moving, keeping true to those New Year's fitness goals and find fun ways to exercise inside.
Get Up and Move
Although you may initially feel silly, grab your preschoolers and older kids, pop on some music and get moving. Have a game of follow the leader, mimicking the leaders funky moves or have a big dance party in the middle of the living room. Find great music for preschoolers on and hip tunes for school-agers and cut loose. You will find it is a great stress reliever for you and a fun activity for the kids. Plus you all get up and move!
Clean up Crew
Don’t wait until Spring to get organized. Clean out the closets, organize the toys and find those missing socks. Get the kids involved by making it a fun scavenger hunt. Task the kids with finding Dad’s missing sunglasses and their older brother’s missing soccer cleats. Make it fun and less of a chore by putting on some music and making it like a party!
There are many fun winter holidays full of opportunities for creative art. Make handmade Valentine’s to pass out at the local retirement home or have the kids make a “14 days of I Love You” project by having them make a card or picture for each of the first 14 days of February to show someone special why they love them. These are great to send to grandparents, friends or aunts and uncles. The recipient will get a special piece of art for each day building up to Valentine’s Day. You can also do other fun activities like make homemade sock puppets and put on a puppet show or take old socks, ball them up and have an indoor bowling match with some old water bottles.
It might be cold outside but that does not mean that the kids have to be stuck to the TV or video games. Get up, get moving and get creative! Spring will be here in no time!