Mark’s Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

  1. Camping in your Living Room – You can pitch your tent in your living room, or just roll out those sleeping bags. Bring any other soft creature comforts like pillows or blankets. If you have a fireplace you can roast marshmallows and make s’mores. If you don’t have a fireplace you can roast your marshmallows over candles. Just make sure you are supervising your children well for that one. Keep the lights low or off and break out those lanterns. You can go the extra mile and buy a glow-in-the-dark map of the constellations and tape it to your ceiling so you all can fall asleep under the stars.
  2. Stories in the Round –The leader starts the first sentence of the story. I usually start the story so my kids can have something to follow. The person sitting to your left takes the next sentence of the story. The next sentence should stick to the world that was created and follow the story line, but the person can make the story go in any direction they like. For example, the first person might say, “Once upon a time, there was a cute pink pig who loved puppies but his mom wouldn’t let him have one.” The next person might continue with, “One day, the pig decided to sneak a puppy into their pig pen.” The third sentence might be, “But the pig’s mama was allergic to puppies so she kept sneezing but didn’t know why.” The story gets passed on to the next person to the left until the story reaches a finish.
  3. Create Your Own Bouncy Castle – Gather up all of the pillows and cushions in your house from all of your beds, couches, closets, or storage spaces. Push your furniture together to form a frame and place your pillows and cushions in the center. Let your kids go nuts bouncing and playing. This creates a soft place for them to wrestle in a controlled space that won’t knock over lamps or result in a goose egg on someone’s head.

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