Winter break is here! You may need some fresh ideas for keeping your kids entertained and active while they aren’t in school. Here are a few ideas to keep their bodies active and their minds engaged during winter break.
Winter weather can be cold or it can be nice in Tucson this time of year. Indoors or outdoors, keep the kids active with the following ideas:
- Organize a game tournament – Family visiting for the holidays? Or neighborhood children hanging out at your place? Pull out your family board and card games and challenge players to demonstrate their skill.
- Camp inside – Set up a tent in your living room or give children blankets to design their own. Roll out sleeping bags, read books with flashlights, drink hot chocolate and tell stories late into the night.
- Scavenger Hunt can be done indoors or outdoors, depending on the items that you have kids searching for. Even if they can’t read a list yet, you can verbally give them items to find, so the littlest ones can get in on the fun too. Older children can be the leader and help the younger ones. It teaches kids to be more observant of their surroundings.
- Art projects – Create art collages from materials found indoors or outdoors like leaves, feathers, and twigs, or recycle magazines, wrapping paper, and greeting cards.
- Cooking – Have the kids help with the family baking during the holidays. Make sugar cookies and have them decorate them with frosting and sprinkles. Fill up jars with ingredients to make hot chocolate or a favorite cookie recipe, which you can then gift to friends and neighbors.
- Visit an outdoor museum or go for a hike – If the weather is nice, go for a walk or a hike and see what winter nature in the desert looks like. Visit Tucson Botanical Gardens, Saguaro National Park, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
When kids are in school, your schedule is busy. Use holiday breaks to volunteer and show children how they can help others. Food banks and homeless shelters provide opportunities for families to serve those in need. Have the kids help an elderly neighbor by doing yard work, take out their trash or rake leaves. Help out at local charity events or hold bake sales to donate to nonprofits.
Time Spent Together is Treasured a Lifetime
During the holidays, the time you spend with your children will be what they remember the most. Fill their hearts with good memories while keeping them active when they’re not in school.