Because of the temperature, snow, and various breaks from school, winter can be a tough time for nannies. It can be difficult to strum up some good activities if you can’t drive because of dangerous road conditions. Of course there are classic snow activities, like building a snowman and coming inside for some hot chocolate, but then what? Here are some fun activities you can do with the children during the winter months.
Arts and Crafts- Spending the day making crafts can be both educational and fun! By doing crafts kids get to express themselves, while learning to do things with their hands, which can help with motor skill development as well. Great craft ideas are easily accessible on the internet.
Baking- When it’s cold outside, it can be nice to bake something warm. Kids love brownies, cookies, muffins and other baked goods. Having them help you in the kitchen can be a good activity because it involves one on one interaction with the kids as they are learning a skill and get to enjoy something they worked for! Try to see if you can make the treats from scratch as it will make the activity last longer, and probably tastier. In addition, try to think up some healthy alternatives. For example try oatmeal cookies instead of chocolate chip, or muffins with fruit instead of cupcakes with icing.
Build a Fort- Another classic indoor activity you can try is building a fort out of pillows and sheets. It allows the kids to use their imagination while constructing something. In addition, if the child is usually difficult when it comes to naps, this could be just the solution. Building the fort will help to tire them out, and they may be enticed by the comfy sheets and pillows.
Watch a Movie- Although this one seems a little boring and unimaginative, it’s a great solution if the day is going slow. Movies take up a lot of time, keep children’s attention, and can help to foster imagination and creative thinking. Always pick a movie that is age appropriate based on the ratings, and try to find something that everyone wants to watch. After the movie, ask the kids what their favorite parts were and why!
Board Games- Board games or puzzles are always a great option because everyone who’s playing can bond together. Make sure everyone plays by the rules so that no feelings get hurt, and so the kids learn the importance of playing fair. If you are caring for children who tend to be very competitive, a puzzle might be the way to go because everyone will have to work together. 1,000 piece puzzles are easy to find and fun to do. Puzzles are also great because you can take a break and come back to them at any time.
Always remember to have fun and listen to the children’s opinions of what they want to do. Allowing them to have input will make them enjoy the activity that much more. Also, always try to find ways to make activities educational or beneficial to their growth so that they are always getting something positive out of it.
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