For the Canary Jane scavenger hunt, great job if you’ve made it here. Only one more clue:
To the right you’ll see a blog post directly under the place to make friends.
Uh huh, you read that title right. My kids can drive me crazy. Especially in the winter months. We are all cooped up and drive each other crazy. So with having four very active children I have had my creativity put to the test. And tonight I’d like to share a list of some of the ways I stay sane during the winter with my kids.
But first before I get to the list I wanted to share this free printable, cause yah know, that’s just what I do. I love to get all artsy and crafty with the kiddos. And so that’s one of the things I love to do with my kids on cold winter days. So here’s some fun animal Popsicle stick puppets you can print on cardstock and let the kids color. They’re simple to do, you just cut and paste. Bam!
So here you are….
ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH THE KIDS INDOORS TO GET THROUGH WINTER
1. Buy new books just for winter time so they are novel. We love our BabyLit books because they’re educational and based off of classical literature! They’re also super sturdy, which we love!
2. Take turns on a mini-trampoline.
3. Have a min-dance party. And play the freeze-when-the-music stops game.
4. Make play-doh.
5. Make a masking tap race track.
6. Go to a play place and let the kids play.
7. Go to an indoor swimming complex.
8. Make a fort. Then watch a movie, get out flashlights, or read books. You can even do some smores.
9. Since the sun goes down earlier, have a glow stick party. Turn on that music again and give the kids some dollar store glow sticks and have a blask.
10. Play card/ board games.
11. Bake cookies together.
13.We go to lots of indoor areas for kids! Children’s museums, indoor play areas at restaurants, or the library to name a few!
14.We do family movie nights cuddled on the couch with lots and lots of blankets! We are not cold lovers
15.Sit by the fireplace!
16.Picnics in the family room
17.After 26 years of living in Phoenix where it never snows and now living in Oklahoma City where it mostly just has bad ice storms I don’t have advice but I imagine us hanging out by the fireplace and playing board games to pass time.
18.Our basement couches are worthless old pieces of turd but I love em cuz we take em all out, put em on the floor and it’s an indoor gym, endless jumping and leaping and energy releasing. Sometimes I also just organize and have the kids help, they like knowing where things are and the ownership gets them excited about old toys they’ve forgotten about hehe… Love printouts! Thank you!!
19.We have indoor picnics-complete with beach towels and blankets, picnic food and treats, and a tub of water with small water toys. Also a sand bin to play. They love it!
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The last thing I’d like to mention that helps me stay sane on winter days is self care. I try my hardest to take care of myself. This mean making sure I get mom time, girl time, and date nights. Moms need breaks too. I also have little treats around the house. And try to make my home a place of peace, especially for myself. One way I find peace in my home is by lighting candles and playing some relaxing music, even when the kids are awake.
Have a good weekend friends! I have an awesome new print and coloring page coming early next week!