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Cold Weather Boredom Breakers for Kids

Jan 23, 2016 | By
We’re not fans of the cold, and if we had to make a guess, we’d say that you’re not either. But out of everyone, do you know who really can’t stand it the most? Our kiddos! Unless there are fluffy snowflakes tumbling from that cold winter sky, and a fantastic hill that’s just begging for a bright red sled, most of our Itty Bitties prefer to be tucked in where it’s warm, and we don’t blame them! The only problem? Sometimes the indoors can be, well…dull. Worry no longer. We have five of the best boredom buster activities that will keep even your most high energy tot entertained and happy. Turn off the television, and let’s get playing!

1. Build a Fort

Blanket FortImage courtesy of Mom.me

Little known fact, movies are 10x more enjoyable when watched from the inside of a blanket fort! A perfect activity to get little ones up and moving, building an indoor tent sparks the imagination and makes for hours of fun. Clear the space and grab that stash of older linens you’ve been meaning to toss, and play away!

2. Dance Contest

Kid's Dance ContestImage courtesy of Adriel Booker

 They have energy for days, and you’re itching for just a few minutes on the couch. Make it an hour, and declare yourself the judge of a dance contest! Pick a playlist of your favorite tunes, and set the rules. Give points based on originality, skill, or any other quirky talent that you see fit! Whether you host several rounds or only one, this activity will certainly put you in first place. 

3. Obstacle Course

Image courtesy of Naturally Estes

Do you have little spies on your hands? Treat them to a little “training” with an obstacle course! With painters tape, outline lanes around the house…whether you go up the stairs and around the corner, you can create real obstacles (shoeboxes, laundry piles, whatever you have on hand!), or have them use their imagination to avoid laser beams and imaginary foes!

4. Simon Says

Kid's Playing Simon SaysImage courtesy of Spectrum Pediatrics

It’s a classic for a reason, dear friends! A favorite across generations, this extremely fun and interactive game can keep little ones entertained for hours. Begin the game with them, and once they have the hang of the game after two or three rounds, leave them to it!

5. Puppet Shows

Paper Bag Puppet CraftImage courtesy of PBS Parents

Another oldie, but a goodie, this is a two part activity! To begin, pick up a pack of inexpensive brown lunch bags, and set out an array of craft materials for you little ones to create their characters. Once they’ve completed their creations, set up a puppet booth, whether it’s behind an old box, chair, or even your kitchen counter, and let them tell you a story with their new puppet pals!

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