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Fun Things to do at Home with Kids Over Winter Break

Updated on October 11, 2014

Fun Winter Activities for Kids

Winter break is an exciting time for kids. For most families, due to weather conditions, finances or other reasons, it just isn't possible to take children out somewhere each day. Instead, find some fun things to do at home. I know as much as I enjoy taking my kids different places, there have always been times when we spend a somewhat quiet day at home.

Fortunately, there are plenty of fun activities to keep kids occupied during the holiday break. Let's explore some of them and if you have any of your own, please feel free to share them!

Snowman photo by earl53 at morgueFile.

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Have a Movie Themed Day

Our family loves movies. From time to time I'll set a special day aside to have a day dedicated to a series of movies that one of my kids love. This is great for the wintertime as the weather is often cold. Kids can stay indoors and keep warm while watching some of their favorite movies.

Of course, having a movie theme day involves more than just watching movies. I like adding food that lends itself to the movie theme along with other activities.

Let's say you want to create a princess movie day. Along with princess movies, set up an afternoon tea. Of course, you don't want to actually serve tea, but use a girl's tea set and serve hot chocolate, along with a snack. With all the free printable princess coloring pages available online, print out some princess color sheets. Have a dollar type store nearby? Pick up a princess tiara and magic wand. Some of my favorite princess movies include:

Frozen

Tangled

Cinderella

Beauty and the Beast

The Princess and the Frog

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Brave

In addition, there are some wonderful Barbie princess movies.

Have a son who likes superheroes? There are lots of great movies to choose from. I would suggest:

The Incredibles

The Fantastic Four

Superman

Spiderman

Thunderbirds

Sky High

Avengers

Add to the movie theme by giving kids a chance to create their own superhero. Let them design a costume on paper and choose their superhero ability. Superheroes eat healthy food, so have some healthy snacks on hand. If their favorite superhero has a cape, give them a sheet to tie around them to let them feel like real superheroes.

This is also a time when you can teach a child about doing the right thing. Pose a question to the child and ask what a superhero would do. For example, "What would you do if you found a person's wallet?"

Do you have a Winnie the Pooh fan? Besides watching movies such as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie and Piglet's Big Movie, serve some food with honey. It could be something as simple as Honey Graham Crackers. Want to cook a meal that is honey themed? How about some honey ham? I like to buy precooked ham, such as Farmer John. I throw it in a frying pan with some honey and Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning and I have a huge hit on my hands.

Anyway, this just gives a sampling on how to create a movie themed day.

DVD photo by Alvimann at morgueFile.

Good Kid Movies

More choices!

Have a Tigger fan?

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Learn About Other Countries

Take a day to discover what life in like in a foreign country. Let's take Japan, for example. Show kids some pictures and together, make up a story as to what life would be like there. Feel free to pick from the pictures below or find some of your own.

Teach kids a few words in Japanese. Here are a couple for starters:

Please=kudasai

Thank you=domo

Fans are very popular in Japanese culture. Give kids crayons and a blank piece of paper. Have them create a beautiful picture. Afterwards, fold the paper accordian style, fan out one end while taping the other end together. They now have cool new fans.

Make some Japanese food for them to try. Fried rice is always appreciated in my house. If you don't feel comfortable making it all from scratch, I suggest getting Kikkoman Fried Rice Seasoning Mix.

If they like to dance, play some Japanese music and let them express themselves. It's a great way to incorporate some physical activity into the day. You can make this day as educational or fun as you desire. It's just a great way to expose kids to another culture.

Globe photo by beglib at morgueFile.

Beautiful Pictures of Japan

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Garden photo by pepe69 at morgueFile.

Temple Statue

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Temple photo by wiredginkgo at morgueFile.

Japanese Pagoda in Tokyo

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Pagoda photo by dantada at morgueFile.

Winter Family Games

Winter Sports The Ultimate Challenge
Winter Sports The Ultimate Challenge

Have an indoor sports day which is suitable for the entire family.

 

Sing Along Songs for Kids

Most kids love to sing. Gather up the gang for a family sing along. Let each child come up with their own stage name and if possible, go through items in the house and let them put together costumes. When it comes time for each child to sing, hand the child a hairbrush to act as a microphone. Here are some that have been hits at my house.

Good for kids who like Disney.

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Indoor Camping

Create a special camping adventure for the kids. You can set up a tent, light a fire in the fireplace, (if you have one,) and do different activities you would normally do when outdoor camping.

Suggestions include telling stories, making s'mores and having a sing along. This can be fun for the whole family.

This one is cute for girls.

Campfire Songs for Kids

Children's Campfire Songs
Children's Campfire Songs

Don't forget some fun campfire music.

 

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Easy Winter Crafts

Odds are you already have some items around the house that can be used to make some easy crafts for children. Here's a very simple one. Get a piece of white paper and a cup. Use the cup as a pattern and draw three circles in a row, each slightly overlapping the other. Cut out the design. You now have a basic snowman! Make one for each child who is participating.

Give kids crayons and have them bring the snowmen to life. Afterwards, get a piece of string or yarn, loop it and glue it in back. They can now hang their snowmen up. If celebrating Christmas, cut out pieces of paper in the shape of ornaments and let kids decorate them, hanging them on the tree afterwards. Crafts are a great way to spend time with the kids at home during break.

Crayons photo by ppdigital at morgueFile.

Beautiful Winter Snow

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Winter photo by clconroy at morgueFile.

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Winter Books for Children

Take a day and turn it into a read-a-thon. Kids can gather stuffed animals and blankets and get ready for a fun day of hearing stories and reading about winter. Although kids love books, be sure to share some of your favorite winter stories from when you grew up. Give kids some paper and crayons to make their own personalized bookmarks.

Another idea is to let kids make their own book. Have them draw and color pictures about winter, then afterwards put them altogether like a book. Use a hole punch, then tie the pages together with colorful yarn. The whole family now has a special winter keepsake book.

Photo by toymanron at morgueFile.

Winter Book Suggestion for Kids

How about some winter poems?

Don't Forget to get some Candy Canes!

Let kids enjoy a candy cane while reading. Yum!

What are your fun winter memories from childhood?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: this sounds like so much fun.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @DeborahDian: How fun to get to spend time with your grandkids.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      We used to grab our ice skates and climb our backyard fence and burrow down through the huge spiraling blackberry vines to where we found, among the giant cattails, a hidden pond. It was marvelous.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      This was great info. Sometimes we babysit our grandkids during winter break, since their mom works. I'll use some of these ideas to keep them busy!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Jogalog: That must have been fun.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @jolou: I prefer warmer weather, too.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: That's a different time of the year for winter break.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's been very useful for me. Everything is very open and represents very clear explanation of issues. autobahnindustries.com/

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I remember having tea in front of the fire and going out sledging. Blessed.

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      jolou 4 years ago

      I used to go sledding a lot in the local park. However, as a child I did not like the cold and preferred to be indoors. As an adult I couldn't wait to move to a warmer climate and I don't miss winter at all.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Building snowmen is always a fun project. Winter break just started today, so...I have to run now!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Michael Oksa: Sounds like lots of fun.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Today it is really cold here and I guess this is the perfect lens to visit.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: I'm glad you stopped by.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for such a nice compliment.

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      Michael Oksa 4 years ago

      Going sledding and building snowmen.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fun lens, you are a great writer!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      It's been so nice finding out everyone's childhood memories.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      What a nice lens, it is creative! My fun winter memories from childhood are reading books under blanket, playing with friends, traveling with family members and many more.

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      I loved it when the first snowfall of the season happened!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Playing hockey & skiing

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Very important to make the time to have some fun with the kids. I like this lense!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Playing in the snow with my brothers and my sister. Thanks for reminding of thise. :)

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      fun ideas. very much love your photos in this lens.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I loved doing the paint by number painting kits that we would get to work on! :)

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      What wonderful ideas - I especially like the movie theme day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Popped by again to get cooled of, its a warm summer day and I'm sitting in front of a fan. The power of suggestion is strong, and the biological effect is cool! :)

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Making slides!

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      Kids, if they do not get to go out for an hour or so each day, can drive you nuts :)

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      tomazg 5 years ago

      These ideas are great! Myn people have problems because they do not know how to entertain their children.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great ideas and a wonderful lens!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      All wonderful ideas! Thanks for this fun lens!

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      Great activities and not just for kids - nice lens

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      my1eye 5 years ago

      Great ideas !

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Great ideas! Can never have too many when winter arrives.

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some great tips you have. I love spending quality time with my kids

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Great ideas

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      Joycevoice 5 years ago

      I appreciate the unique ideas, like learning about another country. Ice skating was my favorite winter activity as a child.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, I was easily entertained by just rolling around in the snow and doing snow angels.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Skating on the lake near us and cross-country skiing were always favourite activities in the winter.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Truly excellent suggestions! As a child, I loved having our winter break. I have never been especially fond of the extreme cold weather, but I do love to read. Now that I think about it, not only did I spend winter break reading, I spent my summer break reading too :)

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      sorana lm 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Unfortunately we don't get snow here in Australia (well some parts do ... in the mountains). :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I have 5 kids...I'm definitely bookmarking this page for those long winter days! ;) Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Playing in the snow is something I would love to do in winter, we do not have snow where I live.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Good ideas here, thanks.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      We used to play a lot in the snow, or be indoors reading. My mother used to bake cookies with us, too!

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Very nice lens! Thumbs up...

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Love your 'learn about other countries' suggestion. And of course, the books. Always books. :)

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens!Thumbs up!

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      photofk3 5 years ago

      Spening time with one's family is one of the most important things in life. Doint these winter hobbies with your kids is a nice way of doing this.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I grew up in sunny California, so it would get cold (In the low 40's) in the winter, but we had to drive up a mountain to reach snow! No snow days for us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderfully fun and excellent ideas for fun things to do with kids during winter break. Up here in Fargo, we'd be hard put to build a snowman....50 degree unseasonably warm temperatures sure have changed winter fun activities here!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Oh wow, will you come over and be my mom? I'm 54 but I would still love to have fun like this! And all for not very much money. Bravo!

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      bechand 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas - we are a little late for the holiday break - but we always have a day off for some reason ... :O)

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      sledding down the hill in our back yard. Great lens!

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Great ideas for keeping the kids busy! My kids used to love the Disney Singalong Songs videos when they were young.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Building snow forts in the back yard :)

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      TheLastResort LM 5 years ago

      Some great ideas, love the fun learning activities - both useful and entertaining!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Movie night with Twilight Zone is ever popular here at COUNTRYLUTHIER's casa. Thanks for sharing.

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      BravadoAwards LM 5 years ago

      Great lens and very informational. This year I added writing to the schedule. My kids came up with great book titles along with chapter titles. I then bought them a few notebooks and they've been creatively writing all winter long.

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      I remember sliding with my neighbors.

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      MagicBeanDip 5 years ago

      Snow.. being outside in a blizzard was my favorite. I'd find a place out of the wind and the snow would be falling so pretty, and quickly! I'd make tracks, and they'd get filled in before I new it.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Going to see Santa, picking out a Christmas tree, decorating the house, making frosted sugar cookies, singing carols - SO MUCH FUN. I love the holiday season.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Winter to me means going to the hillsides where it is cool. Where I live it is summer, sunshine or rains all the way! Enjoyed visiting your lens! Good day and happy holidays!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i spent my childhood in asia so there are 365 days sunshine.