We’ve all been there – scrambling to find fun indoor activities to keep our kids busy during the winter break. We love having them around, but it can be hard to occupy all that time when school is not in session, especially on cold or snowy days when they’re stuck inside! But don’t stress; check out our list of 10 Indoor Activities for Kids During Winter Break - sure to bring them fun and bring you sanity!
1. Baking Cookies
We know – this one’s obvious! Baking cookies is a timeless holiday and winter break activity. You can never go wrong with a good cookie baking session! Whether you’re baking from scratch or throwing a premade mix into the oven, your kiddos will have an awesome time creating memories in the kitchen.
2. Playing a Board Game
Throw it back to the days before technology and bring out a family board game! A classic game of Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land can be a great way to spend quality time together. You might even be able to get multiple board games out in one day, or if you’re feeling like a super gamer – a board game tournament! Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with dusting off an old favorite for a game or two.
3. Planting an Indoor Garden
Gardening doesn’t always have to be an outdoor activity. There are plenty of plant species that can thrive year-round in your home. Potting plants or planting seeds can make for a fun and educational day. And the excitement lasts well beyond your first gardening day. Just wait until you see the pride on your little one’s face as they watch their plants grow over time! To get your little ones growing, check out our full line of gardening tools for kids – Curious Gardener.
4. Creating with Playdough
We love seeing what awesome playdough creations kids can come up with! Shaping and molding all sorts of wild inventions will keep them busy for hours. If you don’t have any playdough at home, it’s quick and easy to make. For most recipes, all you need is flour, vegetable oil, salt, cream of tartar and boiling water. Check out our Homemade Playdough Recipe in the Cooking with Curious Chef Cookbook.
5. Building a Fort
Building a fort is the ultimate kid's snow day activity! Get the pillows, cardboard boxes and blankets out and get building! Your house may end up in shambles, but your kids are sure to have a day filled with imaginative play and fun.
6. Enjoying Dinner and a Movie
As all of us adults know, popping in a movie is an easy way to keep the kiddos occupied for a couple hours. If you want to make movie time extra special, try making it a full dinner and a show experience! Odds are eating dinner in the living room is not an everyday activity and the exciting switch up is sure to create a fun memory! For a convenient dinner tray to hold drinks, plates and silverware, check out The Original Party Pal.
7. Cracking Open a Book
It’s never too early to instill a love of reading in your little ones! Whether they’re still flipping through picture books or reading novels all by themselves, a good book is a perfect cold or wet weather companion.
8. Coloring & Crafting
Let your kids’ imagination and creativity flow with a fun day filled with crafting! There are countless art projects for your little ones to create. Whether it’s coloring, drawing, finger painting or otherwise, you’re sure to finish out a crafting day with plenty of new artwork. Make some room on the refrigerator!
9. Doing a Puzzle
Enjoy a day spent sitting around a table with cozy socks, sipping on hot chocolate, and working on a puzzle while Holiday music plays in the background. Working on a puzzle together is a great activity for siblings and relatives. And with so many awesome puzzles available for kids of all ages, you’re sure to find one with your kid’s favorite theme or character!
10. Cooking Dinner
Cooking dinner together is a great way to end a successful day of winter break. Give your kiddos varying tasks in the kitchen depending on their age and expertise. Whether they’re simply adding ingredients into a mixture or preparing the whole meal by themselves, helping in the kitchen has a ton of benefits for your kid’s health and confidence. Not to mention, it’s just plain fun! You can shop all the kitchen tools your little chefs need here at Curious Chef®.