2. Send them on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
All children love a scavenger hunt. There is just something fun about finding hidden objects. Add a little nature to your scavenger hunt by making a list of items from nature that will be harder to find when snow is covering the ground. Your list could include; a leave, blade of grass, a flower petal, a spoonful of dirt, a berry, a rock, a stick or anything that they could find in your backyard with a little searching and digging. For added interest you could hide a few household objects as well such as an empty milk jug, or a rubber duck.
3. Sleepover at the Museum
A night at the museum isn’t just for the movies. Did you know that many museums around the country have events where children can spend the night? The children arrive at the museum after dinner and enjoy a tour of the museum, usually followed by a related movie, popcorn and then a sleepover under the exhibits. You can increase the fun by having your child get into character. For example, if your child is spending the night at a natural history museum, they may want to dress up as a prehistoric creature. Check with your local museums to find an upcoming event.
5. Throw a Recycled Crafting Party
Children are very imaginative, they can create something out of almost nothing, by simple using their creativity. Invite your child’s friends over for an afternoon of crafting from items found in the recycling bin. You’ll be amazed by the creations your children can make when given a milk carton, scissors, recycled paper and glue. If you need inspiration, check out Inhabitots’ green DIY projects.
7. Make Every Night, Family Game Night
Since the days are shorter and those after dinner runarounds in the grass are a distant memory — children end up spending a lot more time inside the house. Add a little fun and togetherness by making every night of the week, game night. Assign each family member a day of the week on which they will get to choose the game that is played. Whether you’re playing a classic board game, enjoying a Wii bowling match or playing duck, duck, goose, each member of your family will delight in being in charge of choosing the nightly game.
How do you keep your children entertained during the long winter?