Were the winter blues named after a parent stuck indoors with their child for weeks on end? Possibly. Is there a way to avoid getting cabin fever this year? Definitely!
While the groundhog may have seen his shadow early this year, parents know that winter is still in full swing. Don’t panic! Here are four activities and methods to beat the winter blues for you and your kids!
Turn your little ones into…
…a Sous Chef
Recruit a new sous chef with simple and easy recipes to make with your kids! The kids will love being able to help in the kitchen. The best part? Everyone gets a treat at the end. Get the kids excited by incorporating their favorite characters into the baking such as healthy Mickey Mouse Muffins. Recipes such as mini pepperoni bites and mini-smoothies are all great recipe ideas because they are kid-sized and always super cute. Banana sushi is a fun and simple recipe for kids of all ages. You simply cut a banana into sushi-sized pieces, add a topping around the edges such as melted chocolate, and then you can add a coating like coconut or sprinkles!
…a Queen or King of the Fortress
This activity never goes out of style no matter what the generation. Help your children take their imagination to new heights with the tallest fort in all the land! Have them gather all the blankets, pillows, and chairs they can and then begin building their fort. This can easily be repeated as no two forts are ever the same!
Need an activity to calm the kids down before naptime? Yoga isn’t only for adults. There are plenty of resources to educate on how to incorporate yoga into a child’s routine. Yoga is a great means for relaxation and stretching for a child. These books provide helpful resources to get you started:
If all else fails, you might get them to at least nama-stay still for more than five minutes.
Arts and crafts is an excellent way to entertain children for the afternoon. Skip the coloring books next time and try some origami! Pinterest is filled with origami tutorials covering everything from baby whales to unicorns. There is bound to be a tutorial for your child’s favorite animal.