We are in the heart of an Illinois Winter and oftentimes are stuck inside because of snow, ice or freezing temperatures. It is about this time in the Winter where cabin fever sets in and children (and parents) begin to get a little stir crazy.
We took some time to compile our best ‘weather permitted’ activities for children – some inside, others outside.
1. BUILD A FORT – We cannot think of anything more fun than building a fort somewhere in the house with your child(ren). Pull out some blankets, bed sheets & pillows and get comfortable. Use your kitchen table, kitchen chairs, couches or shelves to hang blankets on and crawl in. Don’t forget the flashlight and snacks!
2. SLUMBER PARTY – Bring all the blankets to the living room, put in your favorite movie, make some popcorn and enjoy. Children will think having a family slumber party in the living room and so fun and very special.
3. SLEDDING – We couldn’t compile a winter activity list without including some sledding. We know it gets cold, but there are those few winter days that it is warm enough to go outside, and perfect sledding weather. Grab a thermos, make some hot cocoa, buddle up and find your favorite sledding hill. It will provide you hours of entertainment, allow you to form lasting memories, and get all your energy out
4. COOKING CLASS – Bring out the cookbook, find a recipe and make something. Children love helping out in the kitchen. Encourage them and help them make their favorite cookies, cake or meal. This will not only give you some great memories, but also will teach your child math, science/chemistry, & problem solving skills.
5. TREASURE MAP/SCAVENGER HUNT – Children love a good secret. Create a treasure with a map they can follow with clues from one treasure to the next. They will love solving riddles, reading a map and finding the treasure at the end. Not sure about some riddles? Make a scavenger hunt of things they need to find around the house.
6. WINTER FESTIVALS – Check your local listings for any Winter themed events that are happening near your home. You never know what kind of fun things might be going on.
7. GET CREATIVE – Get some glue, tape, scissors, markers and assorted recyclables (cardboard, milk cartons, egg cartons, etc) and let your child(ren) create. Sure, it might make a bit of a mess, but children love to glue, tape and cut things. Who knows what kind of masterpiece they will create!
Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Pick something from the list above, and share the activities with us, we would love to see the family fun you have in this cold Winter weather.
Hometown Child Care Center is proud to serve our communities in Aurora, Illinois. We strive to instill in each child a desire for lifelong learning by the Learn Through Play Philosophy. We believe the first five years of childhood are the most important in development and learning thus children have the right to be recognized as constructors of their own experiences. Each child is encouraged to explore and discover at his or her own pace. Our preschool and pre-kindergarten curriculum are designed to help children reach their fullest potential while enjoying themselves in a warm, friendly atmosphere.