Family Friendly Activities for Winter

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Guest Post by Christina Johnson

Cold winter days are a great time for families to get together and have a fun time. Although winter lengths may vary, Jack Frost and Old Man Winter have supplied many ways for families to enjoy themselves and make memories that will last forever. The camera batteries should be charged and a new memory stick installed so all of winter’s moments can be captured and enjoyed for years to come.

Play in the Snow
Children love snow and enjoy building snowmen. Families can grab old hats and clothes from the attic and make a snowman family. The dog chasing sleds up and down hills will make a child smile. Giving wings to a snow angel and hiding in a snow fort makes picture possibilities unending.

Ice Skating
Nothing says winter better than a family ice skating. Mom and dad can call the local malls and city parks to discover ice skating hours for families. A camera can capture the right moment for creative photo gifts.

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Family Board Games
When the wind is howling and the snow drifts up, that’s a winter hint to pull the board games from the shelf. Board games come in a variety of themes. Some board games will teach children how to play and understand rules. Other board games are educational and teach children how to spell or learn about history. When mom lands on Boardwalk, that’s the time to give children the camera to capture a winter moment.

Arts and Crafts
Construction paper, crayons, safety scissors and glue sticks can occupy the entire family on a winter afternoon. Add feathers, pom-poms, sequins and rhinestones and a young lady can be queen for a day.  A knight in shining armor can rescue a princess in distress. Capture these moments in pictures for grandparents to enjoy and treasure.
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Cooking Together
The kitchen is a wonderful place on a cold winter morning.  Mom can get the oven going to prepare delicious treats and meals for the coming day. Trying out new recipes is a fun way to start the day. Old standbys like cupcakes and cookies will draw the entire family into the kitchen.  


Older children can measure ingredients and pour them into a bowl. Adding chocolate chips and mixing the cookie batter is a great job for younger children.  The youngest child can join in with a plastic bowl and wooden spoon to bang on the floor.  Sprinkling nuts on top of the cupcake frosting develops coordination. Measuring ingredients teaches children fractions.  A dab of frosting on a nose makes a fun picture to remember, so keep the camera ready.

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Grooming and Teaching Pets
A long winter day is a good time to groom the pets. It’s also a  time to teach pets a trick or two. Brushing the dog or cat teaches children how to care for pets. Children learn about interacting with the dog by teaching tricks. Cats, for example, love chasing balls of paper. Dogs can be taught to roll over, sit and lay down. Pictures of children and pets are fantastic scenes to paste in photo albums. It’s a memory everyone will cherish for years.


The camera is an important tool to capture winter moments.  Children may forget how the family had played and enjoyed these times. Over a cup of hot chocolate and a bowl of popcorn, children looking at winter photos will smile and remember all the fun the family had together when they were younger. 

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Christina Johnson works remotely for Elliman Prudential in the New York City apartment market.  She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career.  Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews.  Her favorite winter activity is sledding and making hot chocolate! 

The ULTIMATE Marshmallow Fight

Welcoming my husband home from work one day.

 

Are you looking for five minutes of true family fun?  Get Ready!  This will be one of those things that delight your kids, make you laugh as a family and create great memories.  In fact, this is one of my favorite memories of the last few weeks and the kids are still talking about it!

 

The History:  It started when I got the munchies one day and grabbed a bag of mini-marshmallows.  I called the kids into the kitchen to see if they wanted any.  But instead of just handing them marshmallows, I tossed some at them.  Sweet Girl smiled.  Sweet Boy giggled endlessly each time I hit him.  And since my aim leaves something to be desired, they both ran around the room and collected their spoils.

 

Then a couple Saturdays ago, Dan and I had a mini-marshmallow fight during lunch.  Sweet Girl sat there in confusion while Sweet Boy thoroughly enjoyed it.  And later that week, was when the idea hit me for THE ULTIMATE MARSHMALLOW FIGHT.  I remembered back to a picture from Pinterest where a wife welcomed her husband home with a foam dart gun.

 

So I created this note and bag of “ammo” and taped it to the door.

 

 

The kids each got their own bag of mini-marshmallows.  Then we waited for Dan’s car to pull in the drive and that was when we went to hide behind the kitchen counter.

 

 

Sweet Boy kept announcing, “I am so excited!”  And as we waited, the kids were filled with nervous anticipation for Daddy to walk through the door.  Little did we know that Dan was on an important call and waiting to come in!  So we sat endlessly.

 

 

But then the door opened and we jumped out and began throwing marshmallows at Dan.  We laughed, we ran, we ate!  And yes, there were marshmallows everywhere.

 

 

I have always loved the statement, “Families that play together stay together.”  And that is what we’re working towards.  Fun families, strong relationships.  

 
Related Post:  Welcoming Daddy Home with a SPLASH!

The 15 Minute Outside Challenge

The Challenge:  Spend 15 Minutes Outside Each Day in the Month of January

I know what you are thinking!  So before you jump to another page, let me tell you more.

I was recently reading a post by Jenae over at I Can Teach My Child.  She was sharing about a book she is reading called Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca P. Cohen.  It sounds like a great book that I will have to add to my reading list.

In the book, the author puts forth a challenge for the month of January . . . and that is to spend 15 minutes each day OUTSIDE!  At first I thought it was a little crazy, but the more I thought about it, I decided to give it a try . . . for the sake of my kids (ignore the slight hint of contempt from this freeze-baby mom).

Last year, with Sweet Girl only a year old, any outdoor winter fun was well, let’s just say, not so fun!  She wouldn’t keep on her mittens and didn’t last long in the cold weather.  So Sweet Boy only made it outdoors when my husband was home.

We have been keeping up with the January daily challenge and I have to say, I really enjoy it.  It is a great break in our day and a chance for some creative and physical fun.  Now, never mind the fact that it takes us equally as long to get everyone dressed in winter attire, but the benefits far outweigh.  I have been feeling refreshed and exhilarated by it . . . not to mention enjoying the yummy hot chocolate with marshmallows when we get back in.

Most of all, I feel like an intentionally fun mom!  Care to join us?

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