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Indoor Activities for Cold Days

by Rebecca Eanes


Get Down and Boogie

What better time to learn to play an instrument than when you’re stuck inside with cabin fever? Start with a recorder or harmonica for something relatively simple, or go for the electric guitar and the drums if that’s your style. No instruments? No problem! Get creative and make music with wind chimes or pounding on upside down bowls. Select your favorite playlist on your phone and crank it up for a dance party. Show your kids how to do the Macarena or the Twist!

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My suggestion: Make a “pots and pans band” and play your first gig complete with flashing lights and an audience (even if the audience is the cat).

Get Competitive

How about a little friendly competition? Board games were created for times such as these. Tired of Sorry and Monopoly? Try a different game like King of Tokyo, 7 Wonders, Settlers of Catan, or Ticket to Ride. Teach your kids a new card game, or just play an old favorite. Play video games together like Super Smash Bros. or have a building competition on Minecraft.

My suggestion: Have a Minute-to-Win-It style tournament. There are plenty of ideas online.

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Get Sneaky

Hide and seek is a classic that never gets old. Either do scavenger hunts or treasure hunts. Hide a “treasure” and draw your kids a treasure map. This will keep them entertained for a while!

My suggestion: Fill 10 plastic baggies with random LEGO bricks and hide them around the house. When a bag is found, you have 3 minutes to create something using the bricks in that bag. Once you complete the challenge, move on to find the next hidden bag.

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.


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