How NOT to hibernate with your preschoolers this winter

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In my town, these next few winter months are long and cold.  And for the past week or so, I've barely seen the sun.  And for a girl who adores all things summer and sun and warmth, this season really drains me and affects my mood.  And I have to resist the temptation to hibernate and wear my pajamas all day and put the kids in front of the TV.   Let's face it, sometimes I give in.

But when I succeed, here's a list of simple ways we stay productive indoors during these long cold months without resorting to screen time of any kind.

  • Have a picnic lunch on the playroom floor.
  • Give the kids an afternoon Bubble Bath.
  • Dance party in the living room.  This is our favorite "wake up" song.
  • Build a fort out of sheets and blankets.
  • Try on your wedding dress and show the kids.  Totally my daughter's idea, I swear.
  • Let your daughter try on your clothes, jewelry or shoes.
  • Show your kids your wedding album or their baby photo albums.
  • Write a favorite bible verse or letter of the alphabet or number on their bathroom mirror and talk about it together. 
  • Bake together.
  • Visit an indoor play park.
  • Make a big fun breakfast that's something more than just the usual cereal or yogurt.
  • Walk around the mall and get a sweet treat.
  • Have the kids help you make a pile of old toys and clothes to deliver to Goodwill.
  • Make handmade cards for a friend or family member.
  • Let the kids lay in your bed and read books together.
  • Make a pillow mountain and let them jump in it.
  • Play hair salon with your daughter.
  • Play superhero with your son.  
  • Meet a friend at the library.
  • Teach your kids how to make their own lunch.  PBJ is a staple for life.
  • Challenge yourself to go to Target and buy something for someone else instead of yourself.  It's not entirely impossible, I promise.
  • Set up an indoor photo backdrop and take pictures of the kids.
  • Go for a drive and listen to your kids' favorite music.  No destination in mind.  
  • Let the kids cut up old parenting magazines or toy catalogs and make collages of their favorite images.
  • Create an art showcase wall somewhere in your house and have the kids choose which of their artwork to hang.

If you have other ideas, please leave a comment.  I would love to hear them!



  1. And another reason why I love you. This is SUPER SUPER! I hope I have a reason to come back and look this up in a few years. *wink*

  2. Aww, this is great!! I don't have a preschooler yet.. and I live in Florida... but I still feel the need to hibernate sometimes (is that weird??) I will remember these ideas for when my boy is a little older! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. it's so hot here in Australia right now that i feel like we haven't left the house in days. this list is so good for my heart. once marley is feeling better we are going to conquer some of these.

  4. The wind chill is going to be -40 tomorrow, so this list is well timed!


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