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39 {AWESOME} Winter Activities for Kids


posted: 01/23/13

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It’s cold here today. Like so cold that there are 700 pictures of thermometers in my Facebook feed. So cold that I want to cry a little bit.
Cabin fever. It’s definition includes the words post-Christmas, January, and stir-crazy kids.
It’s something I struggle with every year, and this year I’m taking it head on with a Winter Bucket List. These are all the things I would love to do with my kids. And better than being boredom busters, they are all easy! Almost all of them involve materials that  you might even already have laying around your house!
Why 39? Well, I may or may not have difficulty counting, and may or may not have originally planned on it being 40. If you are looking for more ideas, find me on Pinterest, and look at my Winter Fun! board.

{Please note:  All these bloggers work really hard at creating awesome ideas for kids. Do them a favor and visit them and pin your favorites!}
Shall we get started??

1. Make a ball maze, from A Happy Wanderer
2. Paint with Hot Wheels!! from Little Family Fun
3. Do some straw painting, from Lemon Tree Dwelling
4. Make finger paint from pudding . . . YUMM, from Homespun with Love

5. Make your own stamps, from Vanessa’s Values
6. Create some iron on fashion, from Alpha Mom
7. Make a starry cave inside, from Play at Home Mom
8.  Create some of your own shrinky dinks, from Sandy Toes & Popsicles
9. Make your own hopscotch mat indoors, from Martha Stewart  (the original idea calls for a canvas and tape, but I thin that markers and a shower curtain from the dollar store would also work great!)

11. Make some scratch art, from Education.com
12. Make a wreath that looks like snow, from Martha Stewart
13. Get creative with egg cartons, from Parents Magazine
14. Make a crazy cool lunch, from Wine & Glue

15.  Do some easy tie dying, from Sun Scholars
16. Make a candy collage, from Martha Stewart
17. Walk like an animal, from Martha Stewart
18. Make a shiny special piece of art, ECE Made Easy
19. Create your own car mat for your kids to color, from Filth Wizardry

20. Make some crystal eggs, from Martha Stewart
21. Do some finger painting without the mess, from The Hippie Housewife
22. Paint the snow, from Wine & Glue
23. Make a terrarium, from Martha Stewart
24.  Make a gift for your teacher, from Sandy Toes & Popsicles

25. Make your own stickers, from Martha Stewart
26. Create your own hammock, from Joyful Abode
27. Do a color hunt, from Little Family Fun
28.  Make some colorful ice balloons, from The Queen Says
29. Make a beautiful spring wreath from egg cartons, from Krokotak

30.  Put together some art with unusual supplies, like beans! from Martha Stewart
31. Make a heart shaped bird feeder, from Wine & Glue
32. Go fishing in the bath tub, from Crafts-N-Things
33. Pretend it’s summer and make some ice cream, from Spoonful
34. Make some mini-volcanos, from Wine & Glue

35. Send off some beautiful homemade postcards, from The Sewing Loft
36. Play with some puffy paint in the bath, from Chalk in My Pocket
37. Create with some homemade clay, from Etsy {New York}
38. Have a “drive in” movie night, from Homemaking Fun
39. Let your kids make their own personalized dishes, from The Sweetest Occasion

What’s your best winter boredom buster??

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    These are some fabulous ideas! I’m so saving this for summer. When it’s SO HOT we get cabin fever…

  2. rachelle says

    wow, thanks for all the great ideas!

    • Lisa says

      You’re welcome!

  3. Amy of While Wearing Heels says

    I think you rounded up just about everything, some really brilliant things…and yet, I am still bored :)

    • Lisa says


  4. Brenda says

    FUN post!! :o)

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