With the weather man threatening cold weather that could keep me in the house with my three kids for weeks on end, I am on the hunt for ways to keep them from getting the winter boredom blues. Aside from spending all of my hard earned cash to take them to movies and activities, I would rather do things inside that are educations, fun and entertaining for the whole family. But I also don’t want to hand them an electronic or numb their minds with television. So here are some things I do with my kids to keep them entertained and off my case about being ‘bored’!
Card and Board Games
Most of us have a closet full of games that we forget about. My girls and I use this closet as much as possible. Right now, our favorite game is ‘Go Frozen’; a take-off of Go Fish. We can play the game for a while before they start losing interest. Games like Operation, Go Fish, Trouble and any other junior game can help you bond with your kids while also helping to entertain them. My kids will play for 30 minutes or so and then go off on their own to do something else leaving me to my chores.
The Book Stack
This is an activity I came up with in desperation a few months back. Take 3 to 4 age appropriate books each and stack them up. The object of the game is to read as many books as you can in an allotted time period. The one that sits and reads and gets through the book stack, finding their age books, gets to choose the next activity that you do as a family. For some reason, this ‘game’ leads to three quiet girls flipping pages and silently reading books they should be reading anyway!
Don’t forget about the classic indoor games like Hide ‘N Seek and I Spy. They take very little effort on the adult’s part but entertain kids for a while. We have colored flashlights and also play Red Light, Green Light in a dark living room. They turn them on – one has red, one green, one yellow – and they move forward when I call their color. Sort of a take on Mother May I!
I want to encourage my kids to write almost as much as I want them to read. So I set them up on the kitchen table with paper, colors and some ideas on what to write. They can write or draw their story and then we have a presentation where each gets to share. This is my absolute favorite thing to do with them and it really enhances the skills they are learning at school!
My kids love gym class at school. So I do a varied class at home. We all work out together and do jumping jacks, stretching, running in place and more! The kids love taking turns being ‘coach’ and they love that I participate! It’s great indoor exercise that the kids see as just playtime!
There are so many ways to entertain kids without the endless hours in front of the TV. It just takes a little creativity and attention to get you happy, unbored kids all winter long!