Being able to keep your children busy despite everything going on in the world or even just when the weather is bad can be a huge feat. We all know that unless kids are stimulated and engaged as much as possible, they’ll run amuck. Coming with various activities that will help children learn while doing things that are edifying and enjoyable can be difficult. Believe me, I’m right there with you. I’m all about getting back to basics, so let’s do that. Here are a few ideas keep your children busy, even when you’re stuck inside.
Play Board Games
Board games is one of the best ways to keep your kids busy. They are a fantastic way to keep your kids engaged, help them develop problem solving skills, and pass the time. We have several of the games that my husband and I played when we were kids and several others that are new to the market. There have been so many one-offs of the games we used to play too. Did you know there are more than 1100 different versions of Monopoly alone?? Dice are are huge hit in our house too. We use them for game play as well as school. For math class, my youngest, Arianna (in preschool) rolls the dice and then counts out a number of selected objects, usually dry pasta, to match the number on the dice. My oldest, Gracelynn (first grade) uses them for literature. She rolls the dice and matches the number up to an assigned list of words, writes out the word, and continues until her paper is full. When shopping for some (they’re almost impossible to find in store!) check out skullsplitterdice.com You will be amazed at how many different selections they have; it’s crazy!
Art & Crafts
Arts and crafts are a huge staple in my house. Gracelynn is obsessed actually. Crafts have been huge when it comes to my husband and I trying to bond with our children. We believe that developing a good line of communication between parent and child from the beginning will allow it to continue on through adulthood. Crafting helps us do that. Have you ever sat down and had a conversation with your kids? Like a real conversation? It’s amazing what goes on inside their minds. I encourage you to try it sometime over a crafting session and see what you come up with. Stocking up on supplies is definitely a great way preparing for a productive and enlightening art and crafts session. 😉
Build a Fort
When my kids are looking to burn some energy and play together, they build forts. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve come downstairs to all of my throw pillows stacked up on the couch in such a way that it looks like an igloo with my kids inside. Gracelynn even creates a little door sometimes! 😂 This is such a great way to get a little bit silly and creative, and be able to bond with your children in a playful way no matter the weather conditions. Building a fort is a great way of being able to keep the children busy no matter the weather outside.These are some fun winter activities you can do with your kids too.
What do you do to help keep your kids entertained and engaged?