It can be hard knowing what to do on the weekends as a family when the days are darker, the temperature is colder and the rain is pouring. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with a list of our favourite at-home activities you can do as a family – Winter edition!
Balloon Ping Pong
We all have a balloon laying around somewhere from a birthday party. So, why not blow it up and use your hands to play balloon ping pong!? If you have a larger family you could play ‘winner stays on’.
If you’re feeling creative, you could also create your own nets and paddles using items from around the house – we think that paper plates and lollipop sticks work great for DIY paddles by the way!
Family News Report
It’s always good to know about and stay informed of current affairs. Keep each other informed by creating your own family news report! Here are some tasks you can set the whole family:
- Who will research local news and report on this?
- Who will carry out the weather report?
- Who is hot on sports?
When you come to present, record and send it to your friends and family, you never know, you may even get one in return! This is a great activity as children can have fun whilst also learning how to research, build their public speaking skills, learn new vocabulary and more!
Increase the whole family’s self-esteem and confidence as you find out what your talents are and then put on a talent show. Could you be the next Adele? Are you as creative as Banksy? Can you take on the top spelling bee? Are you a mathematician?
Whether you’re a born superstar or a judge hitting that big red button, you will come to find that talents come in all shapes and sizes!
Use resources from around the home to invent your very own game and then take time to play each one. This gives everyone the opportunity to be creative and use their imagination to think of a game that they can create themselves.
You will all need to think of an idea, use plain paper to create your design and think about the materials that you will use. Will you use boxes or paper? Will you add colour?
Once you have designed it, it is time to get making. Once you have made it, have a trial run and find out if it works. Then it is time to create your rules and write them down so that everyone can read them, then, LETS PLAY!
Let your imagination run wild as you create a den in your home. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do in your den:
- Tell stories
- Watch films
- Have dinner
- Camp for the night with some extra fairy lights to mirror a starry night
What will you do in yours?
Making a den in your home is great for developing children’s problem-solving skills as they think of how they would like their den to look and how they will achieve this.
Teaching and sharing gratitude with your children has many benefits, such as:
- Improves their sleep
- Helps to teach good manners
- Builds empathy and self-esteem
- Encourages children to remain positive by finding something good every day
Pick a time each day when you can share as a family something that you are thankful for, and encourage your children to think of different things each day.
Random Acts of Kindness
Together as a family plan to carry out a Random Act of kindness for someone else. This doesn’t have to cost a thing or you could set a budget. Then think of something that you can do for someone else that will make them smile. Things could include:
- Carrying in a neighbours shopping
- Have a sort out and donate food, toys or books
- Hold the door open for someone
- Volunteer your time to a local charity
- Put together a care package for a friend or family member that may need a boost
Each family member chooses their favourite song and adds it to a playlist. If you can’t choose just one, then why not choose a few and create a family favourites list?
Turn the playlist up and dance your socks off! Why not get each person to think of their own dance move which everyone can then try to repeat. Dancing is good for the whole family as it:
- Helps to boost your mood
- Helps to fight depression
- Helps to build and maintain a strong heart
- Reduces stress
- Improves balance
- Builds confidence
- Boosts your memory
- Improves flexibility
- Burns calories…
Let’s get dancing!
How could we release a winter edition of our at-home activities and not include a homemade, wholesome recipe? Follow our simple biscuit recipe to get baking with the whole family!
Baking is a great activity and can develop so many skills. It can help develop fine and gross motor skills as children mix and knead the mixture. It can teach children about different measurements and it can develop their imagination as they create shapes and decorate their biscuits however they choose.
- 225g butter, softened
- 110g caster sugar
- 275g plain flour
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Ready in: 25 minutes
- Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
- Mix the butter in a large bowl or in a food mixer until you have a soft, creamy texture. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Sift in the flour and bring the mixture together to form a dough. If you wish to add any spices or flavourings add them at this stage.
- This is where you can be creative with the shapes you wish to create. Use cutters or your hands. Try to ensure they are all of the same thickness so they can bake evenly.
- Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes or until they are a light golden brown and slightly firm on top.
- Carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.