10 Cold-weather Activities to Keep Your Kids Happy

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The winter months of January to March are always long and cold. The twinkle and happy spirit of Christmas and the holiday activities are just a faded memory, and the buds on the trees are a very distant thought.

As a mom of three young boys, I struggle to keep my kids happy and engaged in anything other than wrestling in their underwear all day long during these months. Luckily I have some pretty creative friends and family on social media.

Here are some great ideas to keep your kids busy when you are stuck inside and just can't stand to watch Star Wars for the millionth time.

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“I used to cover my kitchen with beach towels and then bring in the water table. I would fill the table with snow or warm water, depending on what they wanted. They would do that for hours!!!”

— Denise Dyer, mom of two boys

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“I put away every craft kit my son gets for Chanukah and his birthday and save them for bad weather. This usually includes Play-Doh, kinetic sand, true crafty stuff, and shrinky dinks.”

— Jennifer Taransky

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“The crazy teacher in me makes them sit at breakfast and make a schedule for the day. Our schedule usually includes baking and making granola.”

— Jennifer Taranksy

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“We do lots of science experiments in the cold winter months. There are so many easy ones on Pinterest. Or you could head to your local library together and pick up a few books on kids science experiments, such as the Everything Kids Science Experiments.”

— Shannon Moyer Szemenyei

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“I stream Just Dance videos from YouTube on the TV for a dance off. My kids love blowing off energy with some great music and moves. They also love to make fancy journals with notebooks, fancy markers, and washi tape.

— Cayty Dean

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“Blanket forts and stuffed-animal picnics.”

— Caitlyn Smith

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“Hammocks under the kitchen table are always a hit here!”

— Sarah Case

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“Popcorn and movie day!”

— Sarah Case

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Cold-weather activities
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“I keep the Little Tikes slide inside in the winter and have invested in a small trampoline for one child at a time. We also have a youth basketball hoop inside for them to play with. Anything that gets them active really helps when they are feeling the need to be active.”

— Denise Dyer

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“Get their hands busy with legos and Play-Doh.”

— Many, many moms

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What are some ways you will keep your kids busy this winter when it's just too cold to be outside?

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10 Cold-weather Activities to Keep Your Kids Happy

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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