“I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!” are common phrases for most kids. If you live where the temperatures drop below the 40’s in the winter, you probably find your kids spending more time inside than out. This means boredom can set in pretty quick during the winter months.
As homeschoolers, it can be doubly hard to combat the winter boredom rants. Our family only has one vehicle, so when my husband is at work, we are home. We know this to be fact, but that doesn’t mean the kids don’t get bored sitting inside on those extra cold days.
Even though there are days I would love to just sit my kids in front of a screen to help occupy the time, the truth is, I don’t want that to be the norm. Some days my kids do well entertaining themselves, but there are definitely days that we need a little help.
Play a Game
Well, actually any kind of game will do. There are a number of fun board games that your kids will love playing to bust the winter boredom blues. Some of our favorites include Clue, Battleship, Scrabble and Monopoly. My oldest loves strategy games, such as Catan and Ticket to Ride, while my younger ones still love Chutes and Ladders and Sorry!
If you want more than a board game, grab a deck or two of cards or some dice, an empty table and have some fun. You’re sure to enjoy some laughter, great conversation and make memories that will last a lifetime as you play Go Fish, Knock-Knock (a favorite in our house), or Yahtzee!
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Volunteering is not only a great way to support a local charity or business, but also a great way to get the kids out of the house during the cold winter months. Whether you volunteer just during the holiday season or longer, volunteering will teach your kids more about the world around them. This is also a great way to help your teen get out and see the world in a different light.
Do a short-term online class
While it may not sound like fun, enrolling your kids in a short-term online class is not only a great way to sneak in a little extra credit, but also a great time filler. You can choose from a photography class, a seasonal music class or another elective.
Short-term online classes usually last 8-9 weeks and are the perfect way to add a little learning and fun to the cold winter days.
Issue a winter reading challenge
Just like many libraries around the country issue Summer Reading Challenges, why not try creating a Winter Reading Challenge of your own. It can be a thematic reading challenge – winter books or winter animals. Or try a chapter books challenge – how many chapters can you read in one week, type challenge. Another fun challenge would be reading a new book in a specific genre, or a genre they don’t typically read. What ever the challenge, you’ll need to make a trip to the library for some new books, which also gets you out of the house!
Video Game Tournament
While I don’t want my kids spending their life staring at a screen, having a video game tournament is a fun twist on what seems to be a favorite pastime of kids these days. Whether you create a Minecraft tournament where players work their way through a survival mode world or play Mario Kart with the kids and complete races together in a series, your kids will love playing with you and you’ll be creating memories at the same time.
Experiment in the kitchen
Learning to make lunch and follow a recipe are important skills for kids to have, but sometimes you just need to put down the recipe and experiment a little! Have them learn the basic kitchen skills through Kids Cook Real Food classes and then turn them loose – so to speak.
A simple way to let them experiment is to give them a basic sugar cookie recipe and let them add herbs, spices, and different ingredients to create their own flavors. Then they can decorate the cookies. After everyone has created their own variations, have a tasting party and see what worked and what didn’t!
My kids love making crafts. Give my girls some paper, scissors, glue, tape and some colored pencils and they will spend hours (literally) creating projects. They amaze me with their ingenuity and creativity. My oldest daughter recently created a paper car, complete with steering wheel, while my younger daughter spent hours working on a paper mobile.
Create a Winter Bucket List
Another fun and easy way to combat winter boredom is to create a winter bucket list. This can be as simple as a list of books you want to read, or as elaborate as your summer bucket list (ours usually has tons of items on it). Do whichever you want, but the key is to just make it fun!
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