Baby, it’s cold outside.
But that’s no reason to retreat to the television or video game console until Jack Frost gets lost and the snow melts away.
Yes, keeping your family mobile – especially your tech-savvy kids– can be tricky when the weather outside is frightful. But don’t give in or give up. Here are six ways to keep children active in the winter.
- Fortify your family. In other words, “build a fort.” Tables, chairs, and blankets will do – or haul out some cardboard boxes that were en route to the recycling bin, and forge a stronghold fit for a king.
- Exercise – but make it fun. Jumping jacks, sit-ups, pushups, and running in place. Set up workout stations throughout your living room or basement, and create an event-like feel.
- Dance, dance, dance. Rearrange the furniture if necessary, then cue up your iPad or that old, forgotten boombox and crank up some silly and fun tunes to get the kids up off of the couch and moving around.
- Simon Says “Burn Calories.” Dust off this classic imitation game that kids of all ages can quickly learn and play. Whenever it’s your turn to be Simon, make sure “movement” is the operative idea.
- Play tunnels to the rescue: These collapsible creations are a big hit with little ones, and can keep your brood burrowing for hours on end, with no idea that it’s good for them.
- Get out and roll it along: You may not be too happy with Mother Nature right now, but guess what? Your kids love it! Brave the elements for a bit and go build a frosty new addition to your family in the backyard.
With a little ingenuity and a lot of imagination, you can keep children active in the winter, while having a great deal of fun yourself.