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10 activities to do with the family over winter break
Winter break is finally here and it’s time to start planning fun activities to keep the little ones entertained. Lucky for you, we’re here to help. We’ve come up with 10 of our favorite winter activities that the whole family will enjoy! From snowflake crafts, DIY bowling, homemade snow, and creating a snowman factory, these memories will last all winter and beyond! Don’t forget to take photos of the fun and upload to your Tinybeans album.
1. Finger paint tree
Not only is this craft great for working on fine motor skills, but it also turns into pretty winter decor to add around your home.
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2. Sparkly snowflakes
Tap into your creative side with these sparkly snowflakes! The finished product would look gorgeous on a bookshelf or hanging as a mobile.
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3. Play a round of tissue box bowling – snowman edition!
Let’s be honest, who wants to leave the house in 30 degree weather just to go bowling? Fortunately, there is an easy DIY alternative featuring tissue boxes! Take it to the next level and encourage your little ones to decorate the boxes as a snowman. If you’re out of tissue boxes, you can always use leftover boxes from all of the holiday gift unwrapping!
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4. Set up a snowman factory with homemade playdough
Building a snowman is THE staple activity during every winter season, but sometimes you just don’t want to deal with the freezing wind or losing feeling in your toes. With this snowman “factory,” your little one can build their very own snowman (or snow family if he or she is feeling ambitious) – no gloves or snow pants required! This snowman factory features an easy homemade play dough recipe.
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5. Practice letters with a snow tray made of salt and glitter
Just because the older kiddos are out of school doesn’t mean the learning needs to end! This fun activity allows them to practice the alphabet without feeling like it’s work (we are sneaky sometimes, heheh).
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6. Get trapped in a snowglobe
Honestly, standing in a dome with glitter flying around doesn’t sound like the worst thing. It actually sounds quite magical. This adorable snow globe craft makes your child the star of the show (and makes for a nice addition to any coffee table).
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7. No snow? Make your own!
Mother Nature, who? This “snow” recipe is almost too easy – it only has two ingredients. Just don’t call us when it’s time to clean up.
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8. Move over Easter eggs… time for a candy cane hunt!
This is the perfect play date activity as you can encourage children to work in teams to find all of the candy canes.
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9. Have a fun puppet show
Puppet shows are a fantastic way for your child to work on their creativity and imagination. What kind of storyline will they come up with?
10. Build an epic indoor fort
Scientists agree – movies are better when watched in a giant fort. Grab all of your blankets and pillows because it’s time for a family movie night!
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