Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s discussion.
The dog days of winter are upon us and the kids are starting to get restless. We don’t have as many chances to go outside and when we do we don’t stay out for as long as we do in the warmer months. Dub is an active kid who needs something to do constantly or he starts to get ornery like many 4-year-olds can. I have been wracking my brain trying to find new things for him to do that keeps him from getting bored. That’s when it came to me . . . let’s build a pillow fort and watch his favorite movie!
This past weekend we built a pillow fort in the basement, popped some Pop Secret popcorn, and watched his favorite movie. Dub had a blast! I can’t believe we haven’t done this before. My friends and I used to make pillow forts when we were kids and it was one of my very favorite things to do.
It doesn’t have to be elaborate because really, the kids don’t care and mom (or dad) has to clean up afterwards. We just took the cushions off the couch and draped two blankets over them using the coffee table and loveseat as support. Next time I think I’ll use a dark colored sheet since the blankets were a little too heavy, but using the blankets made the fort nice and dark.
He could crawl through from the front or the back as if he was in a tunnel and he was entertained long after the movie was over.
You don’t have to be super crafty and you don’t have to spend hours on Pinterest-worthy activities to break up the monotony of spending more time indoors during the winter. Really, as I said above the kids don’t care. All they want is a few minutes of fun with mom and dad.
More indoor winter fun ideas:
Make them as simple or as elaborate as you feel like. There is no pressure here, just have fun!
- Make homemade playdough
- Cook or bake together
- Use your hallway as a bowling alley
- Start an indoor container garden
- Read a chapter book together
- Make some winter themed crafts
- Have a silly dance party
- Play indoor hopscotch or bullseye
- Make a bean bag toss game (or buy one)
- Have a scavenger hunt
- Do a puzzle together
- Make a shadow puppet theater
- Make sticky sand
- Make fun snacks together
- Play homemade musical instruments