Brrrr!! These frigid temps we’re experiencing here in the United States are bone-chilling!

January is officially here and with it comes freezing temperatures, winter precipitation, and winter-time illnesses. 

All of these factors are certainly keeping my family indoors and I’m sure you can say the same for yours.

Of course being stuck inside brings on a winter “ailment” of a different kind—cabin fever. We’re all susceptible to it, especially our kids, which means we parents have to get a little creative in coming up with new ways to entertain them. 

Luckily for you, I’ve got a little list of ideas to try with your child(ren)!

Build a Sensory Table

Beware: This could get a little messy, but if you follow the steps I’m about to provide, the damage should be minimal and your child, if able, could clean it up themselves.

For this activity, you will need the following:

A large, shallow tub( I recommend the underbed storage tubs)

A table or large, flat surface area

A small dustpan and broom

Cleaning rags

Sensory tools

Large towel

First, let me explain what I mean by sensory tools. Most of these items you can find around your home, such as water, instant mashed potatoes or cornmeal(for sand), food coloring, and even shaving cream.

Since it’s winter time, we’ll go with an activity involving shaving cream. 

Take the bath towel and lay it out over the designated table or surface area to catch any “tools” that spill over. 

Place the tub on top of the towel and place the dustpan, broom, and rags nearby for easy clean-up. 

Cover the bottom of the tub with shaving cream. 

Have you child “plow the snow” with a truck or, if your child is learning the alphabet, have him or her trace the letters in the snow. 

There are several other activities you can try using items found around the house to build a sensory table and keep your child entertained and learning at the same time.

Get Creative in the Kitchen

Have your child “assist” you in the kitchen by helping you select new recipes to try and by finding the ingredients in the kitchen. 

If your child isn’t sensitive to tasting new things, have him or her get a little taste of each ingredient (unless it’s something like a raw egg) so he or she have an idea of what the ingredients taste like before they are blended together. 

Identify the different tastes of the ingredients such as salty, sweet, bland, or bitter. 

Then once the dish is ready, let your child have a taste and use this time as a lesson for teamwork. 

Explain how all the different ingredients, though they had different tastes and textures, worked together to deliver an awesome new dish!

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a great way to keep the kids busy and learning about new things at the same time. 

Make a picture list of items throughout the house you want your kids to search for. Leave them a new clue for the next item each time they find one of the items on the list. 

For instance, let’s say you have placed a red fire truck toy on a blue shelf in your child’s room to find. 

Your clue would say “Find me, the red fire truck, sitting in blue.” 

At the end of the scavenger hunt, give your child a small reward like a favorite treat or a turn with the television.

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