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Winter can be very tough, and, depending on where you live, for some of you it's tougher than others. I live in Ohio, and, although this winter has been mild so far, we have still found ourselves indoors a lot more than outdoors. My family and I are all "outdoor people" so finding things to do in the house is very difficult and frustrating at times. Raising four kids at different ages (ages ranging from 15 months to eight years), it's also tough to keep each of their minds and bodies active throughout winter. It's important to us, as a family, to stay active not only for their development, but for everyone's health. Here are some activities we use while indoors during winter.
-Local museums, science centers, jumping gyms.
-Use your ipad to keep your kids busy with educational games.
-Build tents! My kids can make a tent almost anywhere including the stairs, our bed and in the basement.
-Play hide-and-go-seek inside the house. Pick 3 objects to hide in the house and have them look for them. You can tell them if they are "hot" or "cold."
-Bake! This involves following directions, measurements and fine-motor skills. Best of all kids enjoy the end result!
If you find that you can't beat the snow, then you'll just have to join in it! Go outside and make snow angels, snowmen, have races, and do snow ball sports (use snow balls with your bat instead of baseballs or basketballs to shoot through hoops).
What indoor activities do you use for your kids during the winter months?