Winter indoor fun

Most of us in Australia don’t get the snow-covered wonderland full of sledding opportunities and snowman building… but it still gets awfully cold out there. Some days it’s just not a good idea to take the kids out into the cold. They might be a bit under the weather, or suffering from cracked, sore lips or wind chill. Yep, some days, you just want to stay indoors. Here are some great ways to stay active while you’re warm and toasty inside.

Bean Bag Fun

1. Target Practice:  Make a target out of a bucket or a wastebasket. My son likes to keep score with jelly beans (this scoring method depends on how much hot chocolate has been consumed.)

2. Bean Bag Toss: Helps to practice eye-hand coordination. See how many tosses (height of the forehead) each family member can do without dropping the bean bag.

Obstacle Course

Here are some of our favourite moves to get you started.

1. Slalom – dodging in an out of staggered chairs.

2. Island Dash – run around the island or an area of the kitchen.

3. Bounce It – hop on one foot – 5x. (We do this in the living room where we can pull the furniture back safely.)

4. Jump the Snake – A rope, laid on the floor, is slithered by a family member. Jump 4x over it.

5. Balance – stand on one foot and time how long you can balance.

6. Crawl – crawl under a table, emerge victorious.

Build a Fort

Chairs, sofas, tables, blankets, string, flashlight, and snacks help to make a perfect hideout for fantasy play.

Cards & Games

Uno, Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Sorry and Monopoly are family favourites and get everyone excited


We have an actual board game, but none is needed. Draw pictures on sheets of paper for non-readers, write words for the others. Animals, activities, objects, TV shows.

Biscuit Decorating

I make a double batch of sugar cookies and freeze them for just these kinds of days. It’s fun to pull out a few without the pressure of decorating ALL the cookies at once.

Snowflake Art

Cut up coffee filters folded in fourths. Decorate with glitter. Hang from the ceiling for your own indoor snow storm.

Video games

Playing video games with my son brings back memories of crossing platforms and dodging obstacles when I was younger. It doesn’t have to be a dark-room-isolated-child moment. Get everyone together and take turns on the controls. It’s quite a social thing to do in a group and it passes the time so quickly.

Before we know it, it’s dinnertime!

How to have fun at home:

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