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!