Spring is close but it’s still technically winter. So, if you’re anything like me, then you’re always in search of some fun, easy and (most importantly) affordable things to do with your kids. New moms, especially, are always looking for ways to save when it comes to their little ones. And keeping the kiddos entertained on the cheap is especially difficult when there aren’t a lot of great options during the cold winter months, like we’re experiencing now.
So read on and consider trying some of these 12 affordable and awesome indoor activities to do with your little ones and keep them busy!
12 Fun (& Affordable) Winter Activities To Do With Your Kids …
1. Cookie Decorating
This is sure to become your kids’ new favorite hobby, like it is with mine, because kids love to decorate cookies! Whether you whip up your own batch or buy pre-made dough, you can decorate a whole batch of cookies for around $5 and have an afternoon snack ready to go!
2. Indoor Volleyball
One thing I like to do in our house is turn our living room into a volleyball court. If you don’t have a net to string across the room, simply unwind a ball of yarn and attach the string to opposing walls. Blow up a balloon and try to keep it up in the air and over the line, taking turns serving and hitting.
3. Play-Doh Pizza Shop
Play-Doh is ultra-affordable and it’s something my kids love. You even can make your own (search for recipes online) and save more money. Use the Play-Doh to make different kinds of “pizzas.”Encourage creativity by having your kids name them. Give your kiddos plastic plates to serve their slices on and encourage them to pretend they are the owner of a pizza shop.
4. Mystery Bag
All kids love a surprise. What I do is fill a bag that they can’t see through full of items from
around my home. Then, allow them to stick their hand in the bag and latch onto an object. Ask them if they can describe what it feels like and if they can guess what it is. Do this for all the items in the bag and allow your child to fill the bag with objects for you to guess, too.
5. Potato-Apple Painting
Experiment with a new kind of painting tool: a potato! Slice a potato in half and allow your kids to dip it in colors of their choice and press it on paper.
Children of all ages like using unconventional items for an art project. So, you can even slice and core an apple and repeat the process.
6. Build a Gingerbread House
Who said gingerbread houses could only come out around the holidays? When winter is at its coldest, there is nothing more fun than making, baking, decorating (and eating) a house. It’s affordable to whip up and you can use decorations that are left over from the cookie decorating activity suggested above.
7. Treasure Hunt
A treasure hunt costs virtually nothing and it just takes a little time to plan. Use envelopes to conceal the clues (make sure they build on one another and are hidden well). Lead your children to an awesome prize at the end, like an ice cream cone, a new board game or even movie tickets.
8. Pudding Painting
Let your kids get down and dirty! Place a few containers of pudding on your table. Give them some paper and a little freedom to dip their fingers in the pudding and spread it all around the paper. You don’t have to worry if they eat the “paint” and it is fun for kids of all ages.
9. Car Races
Consider having a good old car race. Gather all the Matchbox cars you have in your home. Take turns picking cars. Face off with your child by lining up a car from your side and a car from their side. Count to three and push the car on a flat, wide surface toward a finish line (designated by tape). Whoever’s car crosses the line first wins!
10. Make a Movie
Children love to act and watch themselves on video. Videotape their performance on your smartphone or family video camera. Your child can sing, dance or put on a show with their toys. They’ll love watching themselves later on video and you even can use a movie maker application on your computer to turn it into a short film.
11. Floor Tic-Tac-Toe
This is a great game for younger children. Make a giant tic-tac-toe board out of masking tape on your floor. Using construction paper, make X’s and O’s. Take turns placing the letters down on the board until someone gets three letters in a row.
12. Make Cards
All you need is some paper, glue, scissors and a lot of creativity. You can add sequins and lace, or other loose household items that your child wishes to put on the cards.
Winter may force you and your little ones indoors, but there are many fun, simple, yet affordable things you can do together as a family!
What about you? What budget-friendly, indoor activities does your family like to do?
Kate Trout is the author behind Maternity Glow, A New Mom’s Guide to Figuring it All Out. She’s a coffee addict, wine drinker and cheese lover. Oh, and she’s also Mom to the two cutest little kids.
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