How to Keep Kids Busy During the Winter
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How to Keep Kids Busy During the Winter

When winter weather sets in every parent wants to know the answer to the big quesion. How do you keep kids occupied during winter? This article answers that question with ideas that will build kids self-esteem and teach them new skills.

Winter weather can mean that it is too cold for kids to play outside. Boredom sets in pretty quickly with elementary age children so it's important to keep kids busy in the winter.

Many kids are used to channel surfing on the television, playing games or keeping up with friends on the computer. These can be fun activities but they can get old after awhile. Why not try using the cold winter months to teach your child a new skill?

Here are a few ideas that can keep kids busy during the winter. Each of these ideas can help your child increase their self-esteem and learn new skills that can last a lifetime.


This is an activity that can bring your whole family together. Teaching your child how to cook a nutritious meal is something that every person should learn how to do. You can keep kids busy  during the winter by letting them plan and cook a basic meal.

Kids can also be kept busy by letting them hold their own version of 'Master Chef' competition. More advanced meal planning ideas can researched online through YouTube or various recipe sites.

Help someone

When the snow falls, driveways have to be cleared. Not everyone is physically up to the job. Helping others can be an excellent way to keep kids busy in the colder months. They can shovel snow, clear walkways or even take trash bins to the curb for those who can't.

Take a Saturday class

What better way to keep kids busy than by letting them learn how to build a birdhouse or other project? Home improvement stores often offer free or low-cost Saturday classes for kids. Even the materials are often free. Check with the customer service desk of your favorite home improvement store for a class schedule or other details.

Craft classes

For a small fee, kids can frequently take classes from the local arts and crafts center. In addition to a fee there may be an additional cost for materials. Although a few classes may be one-time events, classes typically run for several weeks.

Go to the library

Reading a book is becoming a dying art. Fewer kids than ever are stepping into their local library. Libraries have come a long way in the past few years. They can offer programs to keep kids busy and often hold special events. Music, CDs and DVDs can be borrowed. Don't worry though. The library still has a few books available for check out.

Donate to charity

Cleaning a room is never fun but it is necessary. The winter months provide a good opportunity to sort through old clothes or toys and donate them to charity. It keeps the kids busy and they can feel good about helping out someone else.

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Comments (4)

Excellent idea and I hide the remote, it doesn't work,,voted

good tips

Voted up and shared too. Great job.

Kids cannot really play outside during winter. As parents you can still introduce new things that they could learn and play at the same time without having to go outside the house during the winter season. Thank you for sharing the excellent information from your article. Keep it up! Voted and shared.