Fall is on the way and that means winter weather is ahead, but that doesn’t mean your kids have to be B-O-R-E-D. Here are 10 ideas to keep you and your kids entertained during those crummy days!
1. Stage a circus. Help your kids pick their own roles and find their own props, then give them 15 minutes to come up with a show for you. Better yet, put various roles into a hat and let them draw: lion tamer, clown, acrobat … each requires creativity and imagination!
2. Turn your bath tub into a water play center. Fill the tub and give your kids boats, dolls, funnels or balls. Lay towels down on the floor and dress them in their swim suits. For older kids give them tin foil and assign them the task of creating the best kind of boat.
3. Share your favorite childhood stories. No, I’m not talking about books … rather tell your kids about the things you did and saw and enjoyed when you were young. My kids love hearing about a time before home computers, DVD players and microwaves!
4. Create a relay race. Come up with different “challenges” such as carrying peanuts with chopsticks or picking up cotton balls with a spoon (blindfolded of course). Encourage your kids to come up with their own challenges, too.
5. Have a dance party. Use Pandora.com or YouTube.com to come up with different songs from various cultures and/or generations. Match your dancing to the music in tone and feeling. Who knows, your kids might discover 80’s songs are cool after all!
6. Creative Painting. Get out the paper and paints but leave the brushes in the drawer. Instead find other things to paint with—corn cobs, cotton balls, paper cups, marbles and more!
7. Learn to juggle. Practice with balls or even socks. See who can juggle the best or come up with the best tricks!
8. Become a movie producer. Create a list of one-minute drama for your kids to act out. Tell them they have to act without props (similar to charades). Pretend to videotape them … or if you can, record them and watch later. Sample dramas:
- chick hatching
- surfer catching a big wave
- mother wolf teaching her pup to hunt
- an astronaut exploring the moon
- making a snowman
- riding a rollercoaster
9. Become ambidextrous. See how many things you and your child can do with an opposite hand. Or if you’re really brave … with their feet!
10. Re-write your favorite Bible Stories as if you and your child were the main characters. Make sure you use your five senses. What would Daniel have smelled in the lion’s den? How did the sun feel, beating down on Moses as he wandered through the desert? After you’ve completed a story, call a grandparent or special friend to share it over the phone.
These activities are sure to bring some smiles and laughter. What are some of your favorite cold weather activities?