A famous and well-respected doctor once wrote,
The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day.
Ok, so the doctor was Dr. Seuss, but he was so in tune with the boredom and frustration that goes along with bad weather that he wrote a whole book about it – a best seller, in fact! Luckily, he found a cat … you know, the one in the hat? … to save the day for two children who couldn’t stand to be cooped up indoors any longer. Upon arrival, the cat exclaims,
“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun that is funny!”
If a cat … in a hat … can keep kids busy indoors, so can you! Here are a few things to make winter less blue. No more rhyming, I swear it. Fun as it is, I promise to quit.
Nothing improves one’s mood like a bit of exercise. It’s all about endorphins. And what kid doesn’t love to jump and bounce? A small trampoline is a great way for them to burn off some energy and a small bounce house allows for several jumpers at once.
Arts & Crafts
Painting, drawing, and other hands-on activities are great ways to pass the time inside. When kids hone in on their creative side, it often leads to more imaginative and spontaneous activities. All they need are the right tools to get started.
An indoor tent or fort – be it one you purchase or one you make out of old blankets and the dining room chairs – can create imaginary scenarios that go on for days. The longer they play the more elaborate the story becomes. Sometimes you just need to provide the foundation from which their imaginations will build.
A costume takes imaginative play to a whole new level and its the perfect accessory to a playhouse. With a selection of costumes, kids can try out different careers, lifestyles, and stories.
Not all kids are of the age for playhouses and dress-up clothes, but the tween sect can get just as bored indoors. If you don’t want them hypnotized by video games or YouTube all winter, you’ll need to find something fun for them to do. Science kits offer more challenging play for older kids and hands-on activities that get their grey matter working.
Remember, you don’t have to go all out to keep the kids entertained through the winter months. You don’t even have to spend any money. How about a game of hide-n-seek or seeing what you can make of all those toilet paper rolls and bottle caps that you saved for you-don’t-know-what? They’re just waiting to be used. And don’t forget the power of a brand new box of crayons. Few kids can resist that rainbow of perfectly shaped tips lined up in tidy little rows.
Good luck keeping winter fun and remember … spring will come again. And then you can send the kids to the backyard and get some well-deserved peace and quiet.
- Lisa, hayneedle.com editor
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