So it is January! Snow or not it is time to build a snowman and have some winter fun with your grandkids!
How about some fun ideas for a winter day?
Being outside in the snow building a snowman, sledding or ice skating are great winter activities if you live where there is snow. But if you have no snow or the temperatures are way too cold there are plenty of other things to do with the grandkids.
Shaving Cream Snow
Mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part shaving cream in a jar or bowl (it may take a bit of extra shaving cream to get it to stick together like snow). Bring out a cookie sheet or sheet cake pan with edges on it and enjoy your snow. Do you want to build a snowman? Give it a try!
Tip: Do remember that shaving cream burns when it gets in the eyes and this is not edible.
Build An Epic Indoor Fort
Get out all your sheets, blankets, clothes pins, a few Christmas lights and a some pillows. Pull the kitchen chairs into the living room and drape the sheets and blankets over them, using the clothes pins to secure them in place. String the Christmas lights inside, put the pillows on the floor and you have an epic indoor fort! With a little planning, you could make your TV viewable from inside and put on the ultimate winter movie- FROZEN!
Have an indoor snowball fight!
We have had a blast with a set of snowballs similar to this the past three winters. There have been many a snowball fight even when it was 70 degrees outside. I really like them because they are soft, yet still can be thrown well across the room and very rarely knock things over. Little and big people get the fights going.
It could be fun to have the snowball fight with some kids in the fort and you out of the fort if you are up to it!
Puzzles and Games
Puzzles are always a hit at Nana’s house. Pull out a puzzle with the appropriate number of pieces for the age of your grandkids and sit with them while you put it together. You could also make your own puzzle by giving them a piece of poster board, letting them decorate it then cut it apart into pieces.
What I love about the time around a puzzle is the chance to talk together. Have a few good questions up your sleeve to find out more about what your grands think about. Here are a few examples to get you started.
What do you think it would be like to drive a dog sled in Alaska?
How would you design a house out of snow and ice?
What would make the best fort ever?
If you could invent a new holiday for January what would it be like?
Ha! That’s an appropriate game during January!
If you have an area where the kids can run, play tag and “freeze” in place if the person that is “it” touches you. There are a thousand variations on this one so decide on the rules before you start!
Share your ideas for indoor winter fun!
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