5 Ideas for Keeping Children Busy Inside During the Winter

The winter months can be long and boring. Especially if you're stuck inside when the weather gets too bad to venture out. Keep the kids entertained with these five ideas.

Dream Board

Dream Boards are a great way to strike up inspiration when the weather has you down. This activity will also spark conversations about your children’s interests, hopes and dreams.

Supplies you will need:

1. Magazines
2. Poster board
3. Scissors
4. Glue or Tape

Gather kid friendly magazines:

Go through the magazines with your child. Search through to find images or words that inspire, things that interest them. Find pictures that represent goals they want to achieve, places they want to go or inspirations for the next year.

Cut and Glue:

After finding images cut them out and glue them to a poster board. If your child’s dream is to go to a foreign country, cut a picture that represents that out.

Hang For Inspiration:

Hang the finished board in their room or the kitchen. Make sure it is in a spot they can see every day. This will not only inspire them but it is a daily reminder that their dreams are possible.


The winter season is a great time to give back. Go through all your children’s toys with them and pick out ones that they don’t play with anymore. Set up a pile with ones they should keep, ones to give away and ones to pack up for another day. Call up donation places and see what places are looking for. It will not only help clear the clutter but you are also helping those who might not have toys to play with.


Children love getting things in the mail. Why not spread this cheer to friends and family! Write a letter or decorate a card with your child and send it off to family and friends. This will not only be a fun activity but keep communication going on how your family is doing.

Make Your Own Fake Play Snow

Bring the winter fun indoors with this fake play snow which is fun and easy to make! The finished product feels just like real snow and can easily be molded. Great for building a snowman or igloos. This recipe also has easy cleanup which is great for parents.

Supplies you will need:

1. Conditioner
2. Baking Soda
3. Plastic Bags

Mix 3 cups of baking soda with 1/2 cup of conditioner. Use plastic bags for storage when finished playing.

Hot Chocolate Snowman

Keep yourself warm on the cold days with some festive hot chocolate. These snowman marshmallows are a cute way to jazz up hot chocolate and bring a smile to a child’s face. This is a simple craft that you and your children can make together.

Supplies you will need:

1. Marshmallows
2. Pretzels
3. Black icing
4. Candy Corn
5. Toothpicks

Use black icing to draw on eyes and buttons on marshmallows. Stick in two small pretzel sticks in the marshmallows for hands. Dot a small amount of black icing to help stick candy corn nose on. Use toothpicks to stick marshmallows together. Place in hot chocolate and enjoy!

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