Cold, bleak, frosty; winter has a lot of names associated with it, and most of them not so pleasant. When I think about winter, I think about getting a cold,  and how hard it is to pull myself out of bed in the morning. Honestly, who wants to get out of their bed to face the harshness of the cold air nipping at their bodies during winter. Not Me. However, winter doesn’t have to be so terrible. In fact, winter can be quite pleasant, especially from the inside of a nice tepid household where coffee and hot chocolate or somewhat abundant. Below are a few indoor activities that are cheap, kid friendly, and ensure you don’t have to go outside and play in the cold to bond with your children.

Bottle Cap Stamps

Items needed: Bottle Caps, Foam Stickers, Glue Stick, Markers, Papers

The first indoor activity I have in mind is making bottle cap stamps. This is such an easy and cheap activity to do and younger children will be kept busy for hours. The only thing you need for this activity are bottle caps, foam stickers, paper, markers, and glue or tape. Take the bottle caps and glue or tape the foam stickers on to the flat side of the bottle caps. (Though you are using stickers, the glue will make the stamps last longer.) Instead of using ink, take the markers and color the stickers then press down on the paper. It’s that easy!

Homemade Play Dough

Items needed: Oil, Food Coloring, Salt, Water, and Flour

The second indoor activity is to make homemade play dough. A simple and easy recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, 2/3 cup of salt, 3 teaspoons of oil, one cup of water and various food colorings. First, boil the water and oil together in a small pan. Second, mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Third, slowly pour in and mix together the water and oil with the dry ingredients, but be careful not to burn yourself. My advice is to use a spoon to mix everything together, and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes before testing to make sure the play dough is not too sticky. If the play dough is too sticky add more flour. Now, the fun part! Divide the dough into even pieces, add a few drops of your kid’s favorite colors, and knead it in! You can even throw in some sparkly glitters to make it extra special. After it is all said and done you will have homemade play dough that can be stored in an airtight bag or Tupperware dish.

Finished Play dough

Water Painting

Items needed: Watercolor, Brush, Paper, and Glue Stick

The third indoor activities that I would like to talk about is water painting. This would be a fun activity for adults or children of appropriate age. All you have to do is draw a picture, outline the picture with glue, then paint inside the lines where you glued. The glue is put in place so the colors do not run together making for a nice water colored picture!

In conclusion, winter can be very unpleasant. However, there are activities out there that can keep you from having to go outside in the freezing cold weather.