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How To Keep Playdates Fun When It’s Too Cold To Go Outside

Sometimes it’s just too cold or too wet to play outside. Thankfully, parents around the world have been getting very creative so we’ve compiled 10+ ways for you to keep your kids and their friends entertained this winter.

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Playdates are a fantastic way for kids to gain confidence, forge friendships and encourage creativity and imagination. But what happens when you’re stuck in a confined space? Don’t fret – we’ve got arts and crafts projects, snack making activities and imaginative games galore to help you and your little ones make the most out of a freezing cold day!

Creative Snack Making Ideas:

Celery Snails and Caterpillars

Image and directions via Pinterest.
Image and directions via Pinterest.

These simple to make and yummy to eat treats will do more than fill little tummies. They’re easy for kids to assemble themselves and will help them develop their fine motor skills, healthy eating habits and fuel their imaginations. If your child has a nut allergy, try substituting the peanut butter for cream cheese.

Fruit Skewer Snowmen

Image and recipe via Pinterest.
Image and recipe via Pinterest.

Making banana snowmen is a fun and healthy way to get festive…especially if you don’t have actual snow to play in! It’s also another fun way to help your tot master those tricky fine motor skills.

 

Make Your Own Pizza Party

Image and recipe via Pinterest.
Image and recipe via Pinterest.

Setting up a pizza making station for lunch or dinner is such a fun way for kids to play, while eating. Not only is this a great way to teach kids all about the yummy veggies they can add, you can also teach them colors, shapes and have them create their own “pizzacasos!”

 

Arts & Crafts Ideas:

Omy Paper Coloring Placemat and Magic Markers

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After your kids are done making snacks, get them to decorate the table with OMY’s sustainable coloring in placemats. Whether you want to get holiday themed artwork for Christmas dinner or these famous cities, your kids will love using OMY’s washable non-toxic markers to create a vibrant world.

 

Twig Craft Ideas

Image and ideas via Pinterest.
Image and ideas via Pinterest.

Just in case it’s warm enough to get out and collect some twigs, we’ve included this wonderful list of craft ideas that can bring fun and creativity all the way through spring. We love the idea of making twig picture frames, mobiles and letters!

 

Once Kids Playhard Hero Factory

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Once Kids certainly knows how to make the most out of a toy. Made of eco-friendly Birch wood, these DIY hero action figures let kids create the super powers and costumes! Each set includes two heroes and 12 non-toxic markers.

 

Salt Dough Ornaments

Image and directions via Pinterest.
Image and directions via Pinterest.

Whether your kids want to make an ornament for a tree, a gift tag or a special trinket for their room, salt dough is the way to go. Easy and safe for little hands, kids won’t only have loads of fun, they’ll also build their confidence by creating such a special item.

 

Fun and Games Ideas:

Freeze Dance

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Image via Pinterest.

If you can’t get your kids to sit still, try making them move! Organizing a dance party or a game of freeze dance is a fantastic way to work out some wiggles. Looking for a fun playlist? Check out this mouldy oldie compilation and this Top 40 list!

 

Indoor camp out

Image and directions via: Pinterest
Image and directions via: Pinterest

Especially fun for older kids who can help with setting up the tent, cooking dinner and telling camp fire stories, setting up an indoor camp site can be a great way to pass time. Just like in the wild you’ll need to make a fire (try crafting one out of construction paper and a flashlight,) make some yummy s’mores and pitch a tent!

 

Indoor Yoga

Image and directions via Pinterest.
Image and directions via Pinterest.

Yoga can be a wonderful way to help calm kids down and introduce them to the idea of mindfulness. Sometimes playdates can get hectic…friends disagree, or they feed off of one another’s energy. By introducing a yoga activity, you can help bring balance back to the day!

 

Indoor Hopscotch

Image and idea via Pinterest.
Image and idea via Pinterest.

Is there anything better than playing a game of hopscotch on a hot summer’s day in the driveway? How about playing it inside with masking tape! This can be done on wood, carpet or tile flooring and will have your kids jumping and hopping for joy!

 

Play dress ups

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Kids love to dress up! They’ll conjure up endless weird and wonderful scenarios that will keep them engaged for hours. Knights in shining armor can build a fort and fight off marauding dragons or super heroes can swoop in and save the day!