In some parts of the world, they are now in the midst of winter and if you're one of those people, chances are that you’re running out of things to keep your little ones occupied. In the summer, there seem to be endless opportunities for fun and play outdoors. But when the temperature drops and weather starts getting wet and windy, we end up cooped up in our homes. There are only so many films on the television that everyone is interested in and so many board games to give a go. What’s more? If your kids are of school age, they’re breaking up for the holiday season, so will be around the house all day every day. So, what can you do to keep everyone busy and content over the next couple of months? Well, here are just a few ideas to try out!
Take a Stroll in the Park
Now, it may be cold in general, but that doesn’t mean that the outdoors are completely out of bounds and your local park is likely to be open year-round. So, if you have a baby or toddler, go out with your stroller on a rainy day! You can wrap them up in a fleece blanket, and there are covers available for most prams to ensure that they don’t get wet. They are generally transparent so you can keep an eye on them and they can see out into the big wide world. It’ll be an entirely new sensory experience for them, as raindrops patter down and they take in the world they’re used to looking like an entirely different canvas. If you have toddlers or young children, you’re going to have to be a bit more vigilant. Why? The park is an extremely fun place for them to be on a rainy day, and they’re likely to run riot given the opportunity. Make sure that they wear wellington boots, as there will be plenty of muddy puddles to jump up and down in. Umbrellas and hats are also a good idea, just in case of a sudden downpour. If there’s play apparatus in your local park, practice caution. Avoid letting little ones on climbing frames, swings, or other structures while they are wet. The ground may be relatively soft, but slips and trips will become more commonplace and much higher risk.
Go Ice Skating
Before we get started with ice skating, it’s absolutely essential that we make one thing clear. No matter how cold your hometown is and how solid you might think the ice on any lake may be, never ever step onto the frozen surface. It’s just not safe! Instead, head to an indoor skate rink. Here, your little ones can learn to skate in a safe environment. Look out for special events such as skating discos. Your kids will have a great time socialising and getting to grips with the ice at the same time as getting a good work out.
These are just a couple of ideas when it comes to keeping your children active over the winter months. Other options could include winter sports and indoor activities such as bowling, the cinema, or going out for meals. So, make sure your schedule is full. There’s plenty to do!