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Warm Winter Fun

Winter is a great time for outdoor activities with your kids – from skiing to skating, to snow fort building, even a good old snowball battle is bound to keep everyone entertained. But if you are like me, outdoor play is only a small part of the day. What do you do the rest of the time? There are some great resources available in the library as well as online that can help fill those days when you need inspiration.

My family enjoys a good game of imagination. With a toddler and a school age child, it can be a challenge to find something that we can all participate in and enjoy together. I found a book that was perfect for both – It is called Unplugged Play: No Batteries, No Plugs, Pure Fun.

This book is a thick collection of fantastic ideas for children ages One to Ten. The ideas range from things for your child to do on their own, to playing with you or a sibling, to games for Family Game Night and ideas for birthday parties. We had a lot of fun with the game playing restaurant. Although we had a full bin of plastic play food, my kids really had done little with it but dump it on the floor and walk away. After borrowing the book, I thought I would test this one out. When I was a kid, this was one of my favourite games and I hoped they would enjoy it. I got a cardboard box from the basement, some paper napkins and plates left over from a birthday and the bin of food. I turned the box over on the floor in the living room and set up shop. I started to play with one child and the other was quick to join in. As we prepared dished with their favourite foods, the game slowly evolved into more than just the suggestion in the book – My oldest child decided he wanted to design a menu and add prices!

There are many books like this one. Why not try one? It’s fun to add something new to your activity list and make some great memories.

Other resources:

Bennett, Stephen. 365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do With Your Child.

Book Cover Image:  Great Big Book of Children's Games by Debra Wise

 Wise, Debra. Great Big Book of Children’s Games: Over 450 Indoor and Outdoor Games For Kids.

Book Cover Image:  Crazy Eights and Other Card Games by Joanna Cole

Cole, Joanna. Crazy Eights and Other Card Games.

Drake, Jane. The Kids Cottage Games Book.