Winter Knit Hat Tutorial and Indoor Activities For All The Family

With cold winter weather on the way, we won’t be able to spend as much time outdoors as usual. This is not always easy if like me you have a little one who needs to get lots of exercise running around, but with a little thought we can plan some indoor activities that the whole family will like to do together.

1) Fashion DIY

knitted winter hat tutorial


I was recently inspired by this fashion DIY project  to see what cool items I could make with my kids. Fashion DIY can be as simple as painting an old t-shirt. With cold weather fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to make our own winter hats. You can download a tutorial here on how to make your own too! Isn’t it great?! It takes about 3 hours to complete, and uses an easy knitting method – one even I could manage and I am hopeless with needles! You could also do smaller bits and bobs with the kids, as there are no needles involved it is safe for younger kids, and surprisingly easy to get your fingers around.


easy knit hat tutorial

Click here to view the pdf tutorial


If you don’t have that much time, here are some more ideas that I thought would be fun too:

2) Make your own music

Being a musical bunch, we have a house full of guitars, drums, keyboards and all manor of other random instruments, if you don’t have them to hand you could make drums from boxes and tubs, and guitars with shoe boxes and elastic bands. Pick a day when the neighbours are out and make a racket. Yes, it will be a horrible cacophony probably, but you know, it’s rock’n’roll isn’t it, and who knows, you could be the next big thing!

3) Family reading

Find a place in the house where everyone has a comfortable spot like the living room (with a nice cozy fire makes it even better) and take turns reading something that would be interesting for everyone. Getting everyone to step away from their electronics for an hour is an added bonus, and as an all out book worm I love anything that encourages my kids to love reading as much as me.

4) Family Olympics

You can create your own family Olympics. Choose events to compete in such as building card houses, paper plane folding and throwing, and our personal favourite – toss the socks into the washing basket. (of course it’s also fun to spend some time coming up with ideas together). Invite friends over if you want too! The winner of the most contests wins a special prize. (For bonus fun, have each player choose a country to represent and try to find clothes that match their colors).

5) Pizza Party

I know, I know… no one likes pizza, this won’t fly (said no one, ever). You can buy ready made bases, or make it from scratch with an easy recipe like this one from Jamie Oliver (which is also cool because then you can make the pizzas into fun shapes, perhaps Christmas trees would be good at this time of year.) Choose your ingredients and let the kids choose how they want to decorate their pizzas – I find this a great way to tempt kids to try new vegetables, everything tastes better when it’s on top of a pizza! Getting kids involved in cooking is a great way to get them interested in what they are eating, and it is fun (if a bit messy) too!

What fun indoor activities do you like to do with the whole family?

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. November 25, 2014 / 9:49 am

    One day I am finally going to teach myself to knit!!! I’ve so many patterns I’ve seen that I would love to be able to make.
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  2. November 25, 2014 / 11:49 am

    I love these ideas – esp the noisy one and the colours of the countries! We like to play the I went shopping and bought a …(insert mad thing) and listing each others stuff etc or ‘Headbanz’ X
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  3. November 25, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Ahh these all sound brilliant! We make a LOT of dens, we also do a fair amount of baking. Love the family Olympics idea, might try that with my siblings next time we’re all together. Hopefully it’ll wear them out!!

  4. November 25, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    Some brilliant ideas for family time!

    We love homemade pizza night although i buy the ready made bases now to save on mess and cleaning up. You’re so right that anything tastes better on a pizza 😉
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  5. November 25, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    we have a special Jamie Oliver Pizza making kit for kids too. I need to make cookies for the kids to decorate – always a favourite activity.
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  6. November 26, 2014 / 1:10 am

    Oooh really good ideas here dude. You can feel like you’re climbing the walls doing the same few things after a while – will definitely be trying a few of these and trying to think of other things to keep us busy 🙂 xx
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  7. November 26, 2014 / 2:30 pm

    I’d love to be able to knit or crotchet. Your hat looks great. The idea of a pizza party is good, we always end up buying different varieties to accommodate everyones’ tastes.
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  8. Mammasaurus
    November 26, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Oh I love that knitting pattern, alas despite my best efforts I can only do a basic knit and purl so I’ll stick to pizza!
    Love your pdf – lots of effort has gone into that!
    Pinned x
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  9. November 28, 2014 / 7:46 am

    I( can’t you made that hat using hair grips! I have to show this to Kaycee (9), she will love having a go at it!
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