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
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.
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