No matter how cold or dreary the winter is in your area, you don’t have to stop having fun. Keeping the fun in family activities might just require a little creative thinking to come up with fun activities the whole family can enjoy this winter.
Let’s look at some great ways to keep your family entertained, including:
- Cooking and baking
- Doing arts and crafts
- Getting outdoors
- Reading together
- Having a self-care day
- And more!
How to Choose Activities to Do in Winter
Because there are so many great options for winter activities, it might seem hard to pick just one! However, it’s easier than it seems. Here are a few good tips to help you and your family narrow down the activity that works best for you:
- Determine what mood everyone is in. Relaxed? High-energy? In need of self-care? Assessing everyone’s mood is a great first step to making sure the day includes the right kind of fun.
- Crowdsource ideas from the family. Just ask all your family members what types of activities sound good. Even if the ideas aren’t specific yet, they will be great leads.
- Randomly draw an activity. This is like the crowdsourcing option, but instead of talking about ideas, everyone writes down an idea or two on a small piece of paper. Mix up the ideas in a bowl, and pick one. You can save the unused ideas for the next time you need a pick-me-up.
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Ideas for Winter Family Activities, Based on Your Mood
Some days you just want to relax, and some days you don’t. On the days you don’t, here are some fun options for burning off some energy:
- Get outside. Winter is a great time for outdoor activities, regardless of the climate where you live. Even simple things like walking or hiking take on a different feel in winter. If you live in a snowy region, it might be a good day for a snowball fight, sledding, or building a snowman. Feel like doing an outdoor craft? Try turning your old toilet paper tubes into bird feeders.
- Observe nature. A great way to stay connected with the environment is to take the entire family on a nature walk. While you’re out, try to spot and identify as many living creatures as you can. You can log them all in a notebook, sketch them, or snap some photos that you can discuss at home.
- Do housework. Really? Is housework a fun activity? Well, it can be, if you do it creatively. Neighborly® has some good tips for making cleaning fun for people of all ages. When the cleaning is all done, try one of the more relaxed activities below.
If you and your family are in a more relaxed mood, here are a few good winter activity ideas:
- Read together. Whether one person reads aloud, multiple people take turns reading, or you print off pages from a play and everyone reads like a character, reading is a great way to spend time disconnected from screens and connected to each other.
- Do arts and crafts indoors. Crafts are a great, low-key activity. In the early days of winter, you could create ornaments or another holiday décor. As winter rolls on, you could make magazine collages, valentines, or anything you want! To take your crafting to another level, check out these instructions from Five Star Painting® for how to make puffy paint and how to make glow-in-the-dark paint.
- Cook or bake. When it gets cold outside—or when you’re pretending it’s cold outside so you can be cozy—cooking and baking are easy ways to warm up your day. Mr. Appliance® has tips for safely getting your family started with some fun kitchen activities.
Sometimes, you just need a self-care day. Here are a few simple ways to take care of yourself, whether you do it as a family or individually:
- Do yoga. Yoga is a perfect self-care activity because you can adjust poses for any skill level, you can do it alone or in a group, and you don’t need a bunch of extra equipment.
- Meditate. Take a few minutes to sit with your eyes closed, relax, and refocus. Maybe put on some calming music or listen to a guided meditation that you find online. Although this activity likely won’t work very well for high-energy kids, you can adjust your approach however needed. A few seconds of calm can make a big difference in everyone’s mood.
- Have a spa day. This could be as simple as soaking your feet in Epsom salts while watching a movie together. (This can be very calming for kids and adults!) Or you could go all-out with skincare face masks, shoulder massages, and more.
There are plenty of options for fun winter activities, so don’t let less-than-ideal weather convince you otherwise. Enjoy!
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