10 Winter Activities to Do with Your Children

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Much like any other parent, I really struggle with coming up with activities to keep my kids busy during the winter months. We live in Maryland where snow removal is a bit of a joke, and I grew up in New England where school was rarely canceled due to snow.

Here in Maryland, the districts cancel school even when there are just a few inches of snow coating the ground. As much as I despise the snow and the cold, I force myself to get outside with my kids.

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Here are some ideas for both indoor and outdoor activities that you and your children may also enjoy this winter!

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Go for a nature walk on a trail. If there is snow on the ground, bring a sled, snowshoes, or cross-country skis.

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Go ice fishing.

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Go ice skating.

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Read snow-themed books.

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Teach your kids how to shovel snow.

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Build a snowman indoors with homemade play dough.


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Go sledding with your kids — even if it takes you longer to get them dressed than the time they want to spend outside. The experience is worth it!

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Have a “create your own hot chocolate contest” where everyone makes hot chocolate using various toppings. Then vote on who made the tastiest cup.

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Photograph historical buildings and monuments under a fresh blanket of snow.

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Don't forget to document your winter fun with plenty of selfies with your kids!

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What are your favorite family winter activities?

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10 Winter Activities to Do with Your Children

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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