Winter is definitely here! There is no doubt about it. Even the clear sunny days are freezing cold. It's difficult to get up in the mornings and we're finding it really hard to do anything but snuggle in bed watching movies during the day.
But that's not the best thing for your kids synapses and while it does keep them quiet, by the time summer rolls around you might have a hoard of zombies on your hands.
Even though the winter days are short, there are still a lot of hours in the day to be filled.
Here are 5 ideas to make the cabin fever more bearable.
Think old school, do you remember the game "Boys, Girl, Fruit, Veg"? That game kept my cousins and I occupied for hours. Or at least until we ran out of all the letters of the alphabet or paper. The great thing about this game is that it forces your kids to think. You can find 8 more paper-and-pencil games here when your kids get bored of this and "Hangman".
2. Card games
I will never forget the day my then 6-year-old cousin's teacher called his mom and told her that when asked what came after 10, he replied "Jack". That was because we spend entire weekends playing Crazy 8 and President. Do not underestimate your kid's ability to learn something that seems complex. Other favourites include UNO, Go Fish, Memory Card games and Snap!
3. Board games
Tabletop games are a really big industry but a lot of those games can be complicated depending on your child's age. Introduce them to the board games with classics like Monopoly, 30 Seconds, Cranium and Snakes and Ladders for the really little ones. The great part of board games are that they require your kids to think and depending on the game, to strategise.
The best memories I have are of going to my uncle's house and there being a massive puzzle halfway done on a table that the whole family was working on. They'd do a bit each night or when they had the time and it was amazing to watch it come together. This is great if you have older kids but they younger ones might need something less complex but this guaranteed to buy you at least a couple of hours of quiet. Puzzles are also cheap to get so you can build quite a collection.
Baking is a great way to spend winter days, especially if the result is yummy biscuits and warm puddings for tea time. But you can also teach your kids about how healthy eating can be delicious too. Check out these great recipes!
How do your kids occupied when it's rainy outside?