Winter break is just around the corner and kids are home again. We know how cranky they could get feeling trapped inside the walls having nothing to do at home. Well, don’t worry this time it’s upon us. We are going to give you exciting ideas to keep your kids busy and entertained. And not only kids, the activities we’re going to mention will have you spending quality time with your kids too.
So make these holidays worth a while in these 5 inexpensive ways:
1. Plan a movie night
When was the last time you had a movie night with your kids? Don’t remember? It’s never too late to plan one. Family movie night is a great way to sit and laugh out with everyone and relive the good old times. So prepare some snacks, pop a bag of popcorns, throw in some cozy blankets, and plan a movie night.
To make a movie night planning easy for you we suggest a TV package that offers a wide range of channel lineups so you have a lot of options to pick from. Our recommendation goes with Spectrum TV packages. The Spectrum channel lineup is worth having as you can enjoy up to 125+ channels and thousands of on-demand titles.
So after sorting one thing out, let’s begin with the other and that is movie recommendations. Here are some of the best family movies that you can enjoy with your kids on movie night:
Toy Story (1995)
The Little Rascals (1994)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Little Giants (1994)
Freaky Friday (2003)
Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch (2018)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
2. Try hands-on some DIY activities
Unleash your crafty side and engage your kids in some DIY activities at home. This is the best way to make them use their creative personality and make things out of scratch. Bring on all the old unused material from basement storage and make use of it.
You can take ideas from YouTube tutorials or Pinterest. Some of the popular YouTube channels for DIYs are Crafty, 5Minutes Crafts, and DIY Network, etc. so let their creative juices flow and let them use whatever material they want to, to make a unique creation.
Be it markers, pencils, crayons, wood, paper, glue stick, or whatever it takes, just set them free and you’ll notice them hooked for hours on it. Don’t forget to try it yourself too, you never know if a hidden artist comes out that way.
3. Play indoor games
Indoor games are always fun. Smartphones, TVs, Netflix, and online gaming have changed the whole concept of entertainment for kids these days. All they think of fun is shooting other players in a game or earning scores. It’s high time you introduce your Gen Z kids to the old-school charm or indoor games.
Set a board of scrabble with them, play table tennis, build a tower of Jenga block, and see who makes it fall first. Play monopoly with your kids and teach them some real-life lessons (you can always turn the board upside down if you’re losing because that’s a classic move). Play UNO cards with them and teach them the thrill of throwing reverse + pick 4 as the last move.
You can also play ever-green hide and seek, dumb charades, musical chairs, paper gamers, and cardboard ski completion with your kids. All these games will make them forget about what being bored feels like and they would live every second spent at home with family. It’s also good and much needed to cut down on their screen times.
4. Bake some cookies and cupcakes
Have you tried baking with your kids ever? If no then you’re really missing out on some fun time. Kids are so clueless inside the kitchen which makes it fun as well as a chance for you to teach them new things. Try baking cupcakes with them. Ask them for help with the smallest things like holding the bowl for you or poring flour etc.
Then engage them in preparing frostings. Decorate different themed cupcakes. Take help from baking videos and tutorials on YouTube or Instagram. Ask your kids to make cookies with you and don’t mind if they pour in some extra chocolate chips. That is just their way of making it look fancier. Teach them little things and try to make it as exciting for them as you can.
Once you’re done preparing cookies and cupcakes with them, invite their friends over and throw a little tea party. They will surely love it.
5. Read a book
You must be thinking that your kids are too grown for storytime but reading books to your kids should never get off your to-do list during the holiday time especially. Pick a nice soul-pleasing book, gather up your kids in the lounge and read it to them. Take breaks to discuss the themes with each other. Let everyone voice their opinions, share their thoughts, and you’ll see how amazing this book reading session will turn out to be.
You can also pick a different book each day or take one long book and finish it throughout the holiday time. Not only it’s entertaining but it’s a highly informative and educational activity to try out with your kids too.
Wrapping it up
Having your kids at home around you is no less than a blessing. It’s your take to make this time as entertaining for them as you want to. With the aforementioned activities, there is no room left for boredom, and that we guarantee you.