During these cold, damp, snowy weekends, parents and children are often stuck inside together. This can also be a great opportunity to use the time to build togetherness, and build relationships with your children. You might be tempted to use the extra time for focus on holiday-rush activities. But this is the perfect time to reconnect with your busy children. As you think about the activities you might enjoy together, think about the things your children love best. Do they like to draw, or cook, or play pretend? Here are some activities that might help you bond more with your school age children.
1. Try a new recipe together using items already in the cupboard. Everyone has those boxes, veggies, and cans that are being ignored. Be creative and whip something up together. As an extra touch, take some to a neighbor to try.
2. Make a blanket fort using chairs, beds or other furniture. Read books by flashlight underneath. Build a tiny city. Have thumb wars. Play truth or dare.
3. Use those blankets and chairs to make a puppet stage. Repurpose old socks using household markers and make up a play. Or reenact your favorite book. Or your favorite nursery rhymes. Or just goof around telling each other jokes using the puppets.
4. Play a board game. If you don't have any, have your children make one. Then they can try and stump you as you play the game together. Children can also cut up old boxes and make the deck, pieces, and other items needed for the game.
5. Play hide-n-seek inside with your children. Don't let them win, and see how creative they can get (but don't forget to play fair!).
The link below has nearly-free things to do when you are stuck inside because of the cold and snow. Many of these are adult activities, but children might enjoy many of them. Remember, it is all about reconnecting and building a relationship with your child.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.