The dog days of winter can make a house full of kids a nightmare for parents. When it is too cold outside to play and the kids are home from school, what is a parent to do? There are always videogames and television, but our kids already get enough of that. What your kids need is a good old fashioned afternoon of creative game playing. Here are 5 Indoor Winter Games for Kids that can be done inside on a cold winter day.
5 Indoor Winter Games for Kids
1. What would you do storytelling: One of the coolest games I ever got to play as a child was with my Grandmother. She used to sit us kids down and read a story. Where most adults would stick to the script, my grandmother would go all over the map. In fact, she made it interactive. She would get to key points in the story and then ask each of us, “What would you do?” before completing the story arc. This is a great way to have story time, and a wonderful way to get those minds working.
2. Dollhouse on the floor: All you really need for this is some masking tape, doll house furniture and creativity. Have your daughter line off the rooms of her dream doll house on the kitchen floor. Then place the furniture in various places to get the design down perfectly. When she bores of one design, start all over again! A roll of tape has never been this fun!
3. “Snowball” Fight: If your kids are aching for a snow day but mother nature will not cooperate, this could be just the perfect solution. As kids, our mom would let us do this on special occasions and it was a huge hit. Ball up as many socks into snowballs as possible and clear out all breakables in the living room. Block off windows with furniture and so on and then lay down the rules. No throwing anything other than snowballs, no running and no leaving the room were mom’s primary rules. Once the rules are in place, have at it!
4. Build a Snowman Race: Another fun winter game is building a snowman. What if you could take that inside and turn it into a race? Simply choose one person on each team to serve as the snowman. Gather up a ton of old clothes and accessories, and order your snowman to stand perfectly still. They are not allowed to move or help in any way. (Imagine trying to put on the pants) Once everyone is in place, race to see who can get a specific outfit on the quickest.
5. Make a North Pole Care Package: Care packages are one of the most loving things you can do for Santa and he appreciates each and every one of them. Have your kids think up a box full of goodies for Saint Nick and be sure to include plenty of homemade letters and crafts. This can keep kids busy for an entire weekend if you do it right!