January can be a long cold, dark month. The excitement and celebrations of Christmas are a distant memory. How do you fill the hours of light you have without resorting to a screen of some kids. We all know the novelty of new toys wears off far too quickly. So here’s a list of some fantastic ideas to help.
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1. Drink Hot Chocolate with mini marshmallows.Yum!
18. Do Something Nice for a friend or neighbour, run an errand, or make a craft.
19. Watch TheFull Moon and make up a story about the man in the moon.
Why not try making a space model from paper mache.
20. Have A Trip Down Memory Lane and look through old photos.
We also try to spend some time re-watching home movies from Christmas’s when the kids were younger.
21. Have A Game Night with snacks.
My kids are just getting to a good age for Monopoly and older games.
There are lots of variations for younger kids.
We love frozen junior monopoly. It’s still almost Monopoly, but its been simplified for younger kids. It’s such a good game but doesn’t take 5 hours to complete.
22. Watch The Sun Rise and listen to the birds sing. We try to do this at least once a year. Just a stunning experience. The kids love to watch the sun go down when we go up North too. The sky looks as though it’s on fire.
We’re half way, have you tried any of these winter activities with your kids yet??
23. Make Homemade Bread And Soup. Try butternut squash and sweet potato or lentil soup. Homemade soup is delicious on a frozen cold January Day.
Pair it with some melted cheese on toast and you have a winning combo to heat you up. Mmm
When its muddy or snowy outside just spend a little time in the woods and you’ll find lots of footprints from deer, seagulls, rabbits, squirrels etc.
You could take things one step further and creat a plaster cast of your footprints.
28. Build A Snowman. Use some pillows if you haven’t got snow, and build a snowman. You could even use marshmallows and cocktail sticks to create some fab snowmen.
29. Make A Stained Glass WindowPicture
Use some tissue paper to cover the holes in a snowflake picture.
30. Have A Barbecue and toast marshmallows, heat sausages on a stick, or bake some potatoes.
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31. Try 3 newrecipes. Sweet or savoury. Buy some ingredients and see what you can come up with.
32. GoClimb A Tree. Kids love it! Or better yet plant a tree.
Winter is a perfect time to plant most trees but especially fruit trees. Give it a go.
33. Feed The Squirrels. We buy a big bag of monkey nuts (peanuts). They love them! Other wildlife needs your help too over the winter, try leaving out bird seed, nuts and maybe some cat food for any hybernating hedgehogs or squirrwls that wake for a snack.
34. Make A Scrapbook of the year gone by. Take some time and reminisce over all the fun you had in the year past.
35. GoTen Pin Bowling. Who will win? This is fun for all ages. With ramps and rals now for little ones there’s no excuse to miss out on good family fun.
36. Write And Perform A Puppet Show. Use teddies if you don’t have puppets. Encourage the kids to plan a plot line and decide what props to make. Practise then perform to your siblings, friends or family.