The winter holidays may be over, but winter is not! Here in the Western Cape our winter days fluctuate between gloriously sunny and mild to dramatically stormy, wet and windy. When it gets a little challenging to be outside, the only thing to do is make the most of your time indoors. Here are a few fun things to do with the kids when winter gets the better of us:
1. Movie Magic
Encourage your kids to be directors, actors and videographers for a day! Give them your phone (if you feel they’re responsible enough) or an old video camera and challenge them to create a story. Set up a mini ‘premiere’ to showcase their movie when they’re done. Note: popcorn is a must!
Go nuts with old clothes and shoes that don’t fit; get the make-up out and as many crazy hats as possible! Challenge them to imagine a character and to then dress accordingly. Throw in a fashion show when they’re done: make runways down the passage and act as paparazzi (great future blackmail material for 21st birthdays!). Note: this idea works well combined with suggestion (1).
3. Old School Games
Uno, Monopoly, Cluedo, Jenga and even good old-fashioned puzzles – these provide hours of entertainment and are a great way to distract kids from their screens. If your kids are a bit older, try 30 Seconds for Juniors or Pictionary. Bonus: your kids will be boosting their brain power without even knowing it!
4. Kitchen Collaboration
Rainy days are perfect for baking something delicious. Find an easy recipe and show your kids (depending on their age) how to measure and weigh the ingredients, follow the instructions and whisk, mix, knead and stir as needed. If they’re older, let them take over and act as supervisor while they practice getting comfortable in the kitchen. Bonus: delicious baked treats for the whole family!
5. Reality TV
This suggestion ties in with number (1) and (4), and can be a LOT of fun! Film your kids as they explain what they’re making, and let the reality TV unfold! Add a little bit of suggestion (2) and dress them up as a celebrity chef. If you have older kids, they can take charge of the filming, background music, lighting and direction. The
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6. Get Crafty
Whether or not your kids are artistically inclined, crafty activities are great for kids of all ages. Go Online to find amazing origami ideas, get out the paint/pencils/chalk and try some self-portraits, or encourage them to design their dream house! Scrap-booking and collages can also be great, slightly less messy craft activities to get into.
7. Room Cleaning Competition
This is a great ‘killing-two-birds-with-one-stone’ idea. Come up with a prize for the child who cleans their room the best, or fastest. Make it fun by setting an alarm and by counting down so that they know how many minutes (or seconds!) they have left. You can also get them to take a photo of their rooms before and after, and then sit together and discuss/debate the winning room!
8. Knitty Gritty
Are you one of those skilled people who knows how to knit, sew or crochet? Whip out the yarn, wool or thread and pass these super-useful crafty skills on to your children. If you’re not one of those people, then this is a great chance to learn with your kids. There are countless instructional videos on YouTube – have a look and give craft a chance. Bonus: did someone say low-budget Christmas presents?
9. Pizza Party
Whether it’s for lunch or for dinner, most kids will be thrilled if you tell them they’re getting pizza. Make your mealtime prep interactive: have the ingredients in different containers, lay out all the bases and challenge your kids to come up with the most inventive pizza topping-combos and pizza names possible. Bonus: everyone wins, because everyone gets pizza.
Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to do something different – if you can, join your kids as they explore these new things. You never know, a new hobby might be waiting to be discovered!
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