The deep cold is hitting Northern BC hard, with temperatures dropping below -40C for some regions and hovering around -30C for Prince George. This kind of cold makes it tough to go outside, especially for families with young children.
While many schools remain open, parents may choose to keep their kids at home. However, finding ways to entertain children indoors can be challenging. In this post, we share 10 indoor activities to help beat the cold and keep kids entertained in Prince George. From arts and crafts to indoor forts and bubble bath parties, these ideas will help your family stay sane and have fun during the cold winter days.
10 Indoor Activities for a Cold Day
1. Arts & Crafts.
Arts & Crafts is a normal part of my life, but with the cold setting in, we are sprucing it up with some new activities including paint, markers, glitter and everything I don't normally let them play with. Sometimes an exception needs to be made.
2. Blow up an air mattress.
Because is there anything more fun than throwing your body on a somewhat soft and fluffy air pillow for a toddler? No, you're pretty much going to be an all star parent. Clean up that floor, blow it up, and just let them bounce for a few hours.
If you have some cool indoor blow up play toys this might be the time for them.
3. Make a town!
I remember doing this as a kid, and I can't wait to do it this week. To clean up the floor, pull out every train track and block and just build.
4 Bake with the kids.
This takes patience and it could easily take an hour, but making a moment to remember kids love to learn about baking, cooking and the kitchen can lead to memories and fun. Plus, warm cookies on a day like today!
5. Make a Fort!
Isn't this what snow days are for? Pulling every sheet from the closet and practice your fort building skills. Maybe add in some fancy play silks from Sarah's Silks. If you have clamps or large pinching binder clips that can make a huge difference on successful hanging on chairs.
6. Have a Scavenger Hunt or Treasure Hunt.
This is a really broad suggestion that you can customize to your kid. I'm going to try this post-it note hunt that a mom recommend on Instagram. It's Busy Toddler.
7. Break out the Play doh!
Play doh is my go-to activity for hours of quiet. It's messy, but if you let it dry, it sweeps right up into the dust pan. If you have some Clay Doh from The Bunny Sensory Shop, this is a fantastic time to rediscover and play again.
8 Try a Pinterest Craft
This is the best time to raid that kitchen, that craft cupboard, and try some of those seemingly bizarre and over complicated crafts. We did DIY macaroni art. I just tossed noodles with a tbsp of vinegar mixed with food colour. Then baked them until dry in the oven at 250.
9. Create mazes and games using painter's tape.
Choose a classic maze or maybe your hand at hopscotch pattern. There's even more ideas on Pinterest but for those looking to burn some energy without getting too crazy.
10. The Ultimate Bubble Bath Party.
A bubble bath is hours of quiet delightful fun in my house. This might be the time to try some of those crazy ideas from glow sticks, to bubble paints and beyond. Bubble Baths offer warmth, a change of sensory experiences and more. Don't forget to incorporate Glo Pals for more light show fun.
Leave an idea below of how your tackling the cold this week and keeping sane mid-winter.