At Home: Winter Days Indoors

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

There’s one word that people start to dread at this time of year. Winter. Folks here tend to start wincing and grimacing when it comes up in conversation toward the end of February. I enjoy the snow, some cold, and know the importance of having these season, but it can be hard not to grow weary of all the layers needed just to leave the house, the freezing wind, the cars that don’t want to start or need digging out. And we get grumpy about it now, because honestly, we’ve still got a ways to go.

I’m a homebody by nature anyway, but we definitely spend more time at home during these cold weeks. As a mama, it can be nice to have a *few* activities up your sleeve to do with the kiddos, that doesn’t involve snowsuits. Today I’m sharing some of the things that Sammy & I have been up to this winter, to pass the time cozy & warm.

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At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

 

First up, a classic and most popular past time these days {even surpassing Dino time}… LEGO. Yep. Kind of a no-brainer, but LEGO is something that I can spend quite a bit of time doing. I’m not always the best at playing “imaginative” games with Sam. If we have big chunks of time together, LEGO is at least a way to play together where I am genuinely all involved and into it. If you’re interested in taking the LEGO further, you might consider getting the Make Your Own Movie book and downloading a stop-animation app.

 

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

 

We usually have one BIG family LEGO set on the go through the winter {It’s currently the Ninjago City tower}. So we spend time here & there constructing that. We also have lots of loose bricks {now sorted by colour, totally fun labour of love}. Sam & I like to think of different themes, stories, or places to build together. I love picking two colours, and only working with those bricks. We also have a game we play, Roll & Build {read about it here}. Sam asked me to set that up for his friends on a play date once too, and it was such a big hit, the kids went home & made their parents play it! I’ve been collecting ideas for other games to play, LEGO challenges, and general building inspiration. Check it all out!

 

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

 

A new activity has been the discovery of Pokemon cards. Sam was gifted his very first pack for his birthday last month. We picked up two full decks of cards & we have diligently been learning to play. This is a super geeky activity {I guess most of what I’m sharing today is}. We have had some Pokemon books {the Essential Handbook and the Alola Region Handbook} for over a year now, and I actually enjoy reading about the different Pokemon. We’ve about worn out the Essential Handbook. It seemed like a natural progression into the card game, since Sam is keen on card & board games in general {that’s a whole other post}.

 

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

 

We definitely do some screen time too! Sometimes it’s just watching a show together {currently Geronimo Stilton or Llama Llama}. Other times we play Plants vs. Zombie or one of the various Osmo games. If you haven’t heard of the Osmo stuff yet, DO check it out! I love that although it is screen time, it involves physical pieces and hands-on tools to participate. Not a passive screen time, where the kids zone out. For his birthday this year, Sam received the Osmo Coding Jam & it has been a ton of fun to do together! You can listen & see our music videos.

 

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

 

And lastly, I try to incorporate a bit of craft/art time into our week together. This is the one activity that Sam isn’t always too receptive or agreeable to doing {surprised, right?}. I always envisioned my mom days with much more kid’s craft time, but that’s just not the stage we’re at. However, we have had some nice afternoons here & there lately, making & creating. Again, we break out the dice to make it an activity {Pick a theme, come up with ideas to draw that correspond with each number of the die/dice, then get rolling}. Here we are working on a Valentine picture. Each number was a different heart colour or pattern to draw. One number was glitter glue. And we usually make one number, “draw on someone else’s picture”.

 

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

 

We often just work on paper or card stock, but it can be nice to do things on canvas too. Remember, your art/craft supplies can have an impact on the success/satisfaction of the project. Pick up a package of canvases of various sizes at the craft store to keep on hand. We’ve only recently started playing with glitter glue {not sure why it took this long}. Anyway, we have both really enjoyed using feathers to apply the glitter glue to our pictures. We did that on our paintings too, and will glue the feather onto the painting as the finishing touch.

 

Have fun!!

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