This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company. All opinions are my own.
I’m right in the middle of the craziness of Christmas, like many of you. I just realized that I need to look ahead, past Christmas to the kids’ winter break. I’m coming up with a game plan for all of us you can entertain your kids when it’s cold outside. The trick is to keep a mental list of activities that you can pull out when it’s so cold, all you want to do is stay in your pajamas all day. Or the snow isn’t really snow. It’s too slushy.
So here’s 9 ways to entertain your kids when it’s cold outside:
1. Pajama and movie day. My kids love it when I declare that it’s lazy day. We stay in our pjs all day and cozy up on the couch with movies from Netflix. We make popcorn, turn off all the lights and snuggle under blankets.
2. Paint rocks and sticks. My nature loving kids love collecting things. For Sophia it was sticks and rocks. Jaxson is obsessed with sticks and acorns. You probably have some lying around or hidden in somewhere. Pull out some craft paint, cover the table with newspaper, and let the kids go. I was amazed how long this kept them occupied.
3. Make a fort in the living room. This is a fun group activity. We pull out our dining table chairs and throw a huge blanket over it. The kids pile pillows underneath and have their own little party in the fort. Sometimes I crawl under and we read a book via flashlight.
4. Do science experiments. My kids are young so it’s nothing complicated. We create vinegar and baking soda reactions (after adding food coloring). Once we made goop/gak. They still talk about that day. It’s messy fun, but easily contained if you give them each their own container.
5. Have an indoor picnic. This really is my lazy version of feeding the kids lunch. We spread a blanket in the living floor and I bring out plates of fruits, veggies, cheese, crackers, etc. Add some juice boxes and we an instant picnic. It’s a little trickier now that we have a cat who wants to join in, but that just makes it more fun.
6. Dance party! Whether you’re streaming music from Pandora or the playing Just Dance Kids, it’s a great way to get sillies out. It’s a great way to channel my kids’ endless energy and keeps them from bouncing off the walls.
7. Pillow fight! Every family needs good old fashioned pillow fight. Enough said.
8. Have a tea party. Pull out some tea cups and saucers and fill the teapot with herbal tea or juice. I put out “biscuits” (cookies) and we pretend to be fancy while we sip our tea. Or rather, Sophia and I do while Jaxson chows down his cookies.
9. Cook together. It’s winter break, so keep it simple, but change things around a bit. Let them assemble the grilled cheese sandwiches before you “grill” them. Cut them into strips so they’re easy to dunk into some Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup. I don’t know about you, but when it’s cold outside, I crave a hot bowl of soup.
Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are classic in our home, but what “dunkables” do your kids like?. Check out the video above of what The Wisest Kid does with his tomato soup. He also has some recipes on how to change up the classic grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Try the Dippable Fun recipe and give your kids a buffet of dunking options for Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup.
For more craft ideas, check out my For the Kids Pinterest board.
How do you keep your kids entertained when it’s cold outside?
Original photo by Jenny Downing and adapted via Creative Commons permission.