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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

20 Activities When The Temperature Is Dropping

Lack of ideas when it's cold outside? Feel like you're running up the walls? Your kids are bored? Here are some fun ideas for the entire family.
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  1. Watch a movie
  2. Bake - cookies, pie, your grandmother’s waffle recipe, baking together is a lot of fun and your kids can join in from a very early age
  3. Take a walk - Get everybody wrapped in big sweaters and jackets and go explore nature
  4. Build a camp - use what’s around, pillows, blankets, clothes, chairs and turn your living room into a magical land of tunnels and hideouts
  5. Build a snowman
  6. Craft
  7. Draw & color - find some printable coloring pages here
  8. Read
  9. Dance
  10. Swim at a heated pool
  11. Visit an aquarium
  12. Go to a museum
  13. Make a movie - your kids can choose to be the actors or the directors or the cameramen
  14. Take pictures - Explore the world (even if you don’t want to get out) take pics and then enlarge them, print them, cut them out... let your creativity run wild
  15. Organize - this may sound strange, but organizing can be fun if everybody joins in; Empty some cupboards and label, select, throw away, place according to size and purpose
  16. Sew - If your child is a little older, they can be a pair of very helpful hands when you are cutting or placing patterns on your fabric, putting pins of sewing buttons on
  17. Make a photo album - depending on your preferences, make a pretty album with prints or make one on your computer, have your kids decorate it (if you are making an album with prints, have them decorate it scrapbook stye, or get software to scrapbook virtually)
  18. Sing - Get out the old songs, ask your family to join in. maybe someone plays an instrument? Or you can just tap the beat on your pots and pans
  19. Iceskating
  20. Make flower arrangements



  1. but then what do we do in the afternoon? :p lol that sounds remarkably like my everyday - other than the organize or make photo albums - not my strong suit. BUt we do use the scrapbooking stuff for crafts a few times a week anyhow.

  2. LOL Sarah!
    I find doing small housework with the little one can be real fun. I just sorted through my brother's old clothes with her and did some laundry and we had great fun, whereas if I would be doing it alone, I would be bored to bits

  3. I love the idea of going to the aquarium, the girls would love it, but we live in the middle of nowhere and most of the time when I travel to the city it's for errands. Sigh. I really need to change that! I'm also still working on a perspective shift - with the focus on fun, rather than getting the job done. THough with baby #3 coming soon, plus moving it is more difficult than it used to be.


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