5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are right now, but here in Western Pennsylvania, we’re experiencing a mild winter. With temperatures rising to the upper 30s and lower 40s consistently, we’ve got a muddy mess on our hands. It’s not cold enough for the ground to be frozen, but it’s also not warm enough to play outside without getting covered in mud in the process. I know that my three boys (especially the older two) are itching to get outside and play! I sure hope that as February 2nd approaches, that Groundhog on Gobbler’s Knob has some good news for once!

We’ve had to get pretty creative in the play department with being cooped up this winter. If you find yourself in the same boat, I hope you find some inspiration for some activities you and your children can do together!

1. Keep Active.

With little ones, it’s pretty easy to keep them active and enhance their gross motor skills at the same time! Use masking tape to create Hopscotch on the living room carpet. Have a dance party where mom gets to control the pause button and your kiddos have to freeze each time you stop the music. Play “Keep it Up” with a balloon! Push the furniture back and give them space to keep the balloon in the air as long as possible. You can even add in counting how many “hits” the balloon gets until it falls. Try to beat your previous record. There are so many things you can do to keep your children active when you are stuck inside.

2. Build a Fort.

Little ones get excited over anything out of the ordinary. My boys go crazy when I simply put a blanket over a few chairs. Make it as easy or as simple as you like! Forts can be made out of nearly anything these days. A blanket over the couch cushions will provide hours of fun!

3. Bring the Snow Inside.

One of our favorite things to do with the boys is to bring the elements inside! We create sensory bins often – full of rice, pasta noodles, and even snow! All you need is a plastic bin large enough for your needs, and it could potentially create hours of fun! Obviously real snow melts, so you’ll have to either keep refilling the bin or another option would be to make your own snow!

4. Get Crafty.

There are so many fun little crafts you can do with your kiddos at home. They do NOT need to be elaborate! Have your children practice their fine motor skills by cutting paper scraps. Refine fine motor skills by having your little ones place pieces of penne pasta on a pipe cleaner. Make a necklace out of yarn and breakfast cereal. The possibilities are endless!

5. Enjoy a Snack.

One of our favorite snacks to enjoy together as a family are Goldfish crackers. For starters, they are always baked with real cheese and free of artificial flavors and preservatives. Those qualities are hard to come by, so you can imagine that Goldfish crackers are a snack we can feel good about serving our kids!

If you’re still looking for a fun indoor activity to help keep the kiddos (and perhaps even yourself) busy, you should definitely check out the Goldfish Tales Animation Experience! Right now, Goldfish is looking for families to create Stop Motion videos using Goldfish Crackers. Your creation could win you $5,000!

Never created a Stop Motion video before? That’s okay! You can visit the Goldfish Tales Animation Experience website for a detailed tutorial and all the information you need to create and enter your own video!

What are your favorite ways to beat the Winter Blues? Are you ready for summer? I know we are!

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