Before you know it, the kids will be home for winter break. Sure, the first few days they’ll be happy playing with toys and just hanging out, but what happens when they get bored? How will you help the kids avoid cabin fever this winter?
How to Avoid Cabin Fever in Kids
Plan an indoor camp-out with the kids, complete with s’mores!
Have a few jingle bells on hand? Build this cute indoor obstacle course with a Christmas twist!
Use a ball of yarn to weave your own spider web maze for the kids to crawl under and through. (Older kids will love creating their own web!)
Make craft stick catapults and see how far you can fling mini-marshmallows or paper wads.
Grab the recycling box and check out the junk drawer to make your own invention box! (The kids may just learn something in the process!)
Raid the sock drawers and have an indoor snowball fight that will leave them giggling.
Make snow! This simple taste-safe cloud dough looks like snow, without freezing little fingers.
How about a STEM activity? Can your kids build a plastic cup pyramid without touching the cups?
Science is always a hit with kids! There are tons of winter science experiments kids can try using ingredients you probably already have at home.
Break out the board games, or even better, let older kids design their own board game for the family to play. (Check out these great math games and sneak in a little learning, too!)
Gather up your “treasure,” hide it, and send the kids on a scavenger hunt to find it.
Challenge your kids to make Styrofoam structures.
Turn on the tunes and have a dance party!
Try your hands at straw weaving and make colorful bracelets to wear.
Grab a stack of sheets/blankets and build a blanket fort.
Have a bunch of large boxes left from the holidays? Make a cardboard box castle or fort.
Host your very own candy cane hunt.
Hand the kids some dry-erase markers and let them decorate the windows. (This is always a hit here!)
Kids love science. Make fizzing snow for tons of fun indoors or out.
Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket, and snuggle up to watch the movie of your kid’s choice.
Still looking for ways to avoid cabin fever this winter?
- Find over 30 awesome STEM activities in my ebook Up.
- Try out a few Christmas crafts and activities to do together.
- Get out the Nerf guns for math fact practice.
Donna DM Yates says
I love these ideas. They’ll have so much fun.
Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says
It can be hard can’t it! I try to get us all outside every day but it can be tricky when it rains a lot. My son is deaf and wears cochlear implants that can’t get wet!
I try to do lots of short and varied activities when we’re stuck inside and physical games too like skipping and hide and seek.
Sounds like great fun for kids for sure.
Thanks for all of the great ideas!
You’re welcome! Hopefully spring comes soon! 😉