December 26, 2013

101 Winter Boredom Busters

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Beat the Winter Blues with 101 Boredom Busters for Kids 

Ok. Christmas is done.  The children are bored and the house is probably a little crazy (or maybe that is just you!). You may be wondering what to do with the kids until school is back in session? No worries! We have 101 activities to keep the kids busy all winter long! 

101 Winter Boredom Busters
 

We have searched the web and have found the best of the best Winter Boredom Busters for you and your kids! These ideas are PACKED with activities that kids can do all winter long! Check out all the amazing ideas we’ve found:

  • 16 Craft Boredom Busters
  • 16 Toddler Boredom Busters
  • 12 Frozen (the movie) Boredom Busters
  • 10 Outdoor Boredom Busters
  • 16 Educational Boredom Busters
  • 16 Exercise and Game Boredom Busters
  • 15 Cooking Boredom Busters

With so many ideas – you will never have to hear the phrase “I’m bored” from your kids! ENJOY your winter with these great ideas, starting with….

16 Craft Boredom Busters

Kids love crafts! Let’s be honest – we all love crafts! Crafting with kids provides opportunities for creative growth. We have 16 winter-themed craft boredom busters for your kids to stay busy AND creative! 

 

16 Winter craft boredom busters

 

 

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1.  Clothespin Dolls - Use non-hinged clothespins to create these fun, 100% personalized dolls.

2. I Spy Winter Bottle - This craft is fun to make together and a great way to keep the kids entertained.

3. The Best Dyed Pasta Necklace - Use bright, colorful, pasta to create a necklace all the neighbor moms will rave over.

4. Snowman Factory - Make your own snowman – indoors! This is a great craft for those climates that don’t get snow – or those that do – to create a snowman that will last.

5. Penguin Footprints - Painted foot crafts are always fun. Track foot growth through the years with this cute penguin memento.

6. GIANT Cardboard Gingerbread House - I want one! Use those leftover boxes from the holidays to make a life-size gingerbread house. 

7. Pine Needle Painting – Paint with pinecones! Mix up finger-paint time with some pine needle art! 

8. Sharpie Plates - Sharpies and dollar store plates allow kids to create their own tableware.

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9.  Q-tip Painting - Pointillism art project for the youngsters – using Q-tips! 

10. Nature Weaving - Beautiful weaving craft that incorporates nature. 

11. Homemade Snow Globe - Snow globes are fun. Snow globes with your kids inside, amazing. 

12. Frosty Painting – Use wax paper to create a frosty effect in this painting activity. 

13. Build a Snowman Inside - This is a snowman that can be dismantled and built hundreds of times on those chilly winter days. 

14. Wiggle Eye Drawing - Drawing is fun, but even this classic could use some updating. Give kids some inspiration with wiggly eyes.

15. Giant Snowflakes - These are not your ordinary paper snowflakes. Connect strips of paper to create huge snowflakes. 

16. Spiral Snowman Mobile - A paper plate becomes a swirly decoration. 

16 Toddler Winter Boredom Busters

Toddlers are with you all day, everyday. Let’s give them an outlet {or 16!} so they stop tearing the tupperware drawer apart…

16 Toddler Winter Boredom Busters

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17. Make Your Own Ball Pit - Hours of fun! Create your own ball pit right at home!

18. I Spy Snowflakes - Open young minds with a magnifying glass and black construction paper

19. Indoor Snowman Building - When it’s too cold to play outside, bring the snow inside!

20. Velcro Sticks – Pop some VELCRO circles on popsicle sticks and start making shapes.

21. Pinecone Weaving - Aid fine motor growth with only yarn and pinecones.

22. Handprint Twister - Teach colors while having fun playing the classic game of Twister.

23. Gingerbread Kids -Take butcher paper + crayons + tracing = happy kiddos!

24. Soap Cloud - You can even use the cloud to create personalized soaps for your littles.

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25. Marshmallow Names - Promote literacy with marshmallows spelling activities. 

26. Toddler Tape Painting - Grab some painters tape and canvases to create original toddler art. 

27. Color Matching Squares - Teach color matching with everyday items and felt squares.

28. Snow Paint - You actually use snow as paint! Just add food dye.

29. Muffin Tin Color Coordinating - Tape colored circles in a muffin pan and have your toddler match colored items. 

30. Marshmallow Sensory Bin - Soft, fluffy, flat, jumbo, tiny marshmallows make for a fun sensory experience.

31. Go Fishing Indoors - Everyone loves a good day of fishing. This indoor fishing game will keep the kids busy for hours! 

32. Arctic Sensory Bin - Arctic animals love ice and water – so do kids!

12 Frozen Themed Winter Boredom Busters

I’m still not over Frozen and I’m going to guess your kids aren’t either? Take a break from the movie to make some adorable DIY Frozen toys and activities.

12 Frozen Inspired Winter Boredom Busters

 

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33. Build an Olaf Printable and Coloring Pages – Enjoy coloring and building your kids’ favorite Frozen characters.

34. Frozen Play Dough - Sparkly DIY play dough is sure to keep the kids busy! 

35. Frozen Erupting Snow - A fun experiment for all, who doesn’t love eruptions!?

36. Frozen Story Stones – Couldn’t find the doll version? Make your own DIY Frozen character stones with this printable and some Mod Podge.

37. Frozen Sensory Bin - Sorting, feeling, and imagining abound in this sensory activity. 

38. Frozen Jello Ice Cubes - A fun and delicious treat for Frozen lovers!

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39. Olaf Cup Craft - A quick and easy craft to make with foam cups and felt/colored paper.

40. Frozen Finger Puppets – Cute, original, and they inspire imagination. Have your kids use puppets to act out scenes from the movie! 

41. Frozen Toilet Paper Roll Trolls - So they’re maybe a fixer-upper… You’ve saved those toilet paper rolls for some reason right?

42. Olaf Sock - Do you wanna build a snowman? All you need is a sock, some rice, and a few craft supplies. 

43. Frozen Scavenger Hunt - Print, cut, hide and you have yourself an entertaining evening that is easy peasy.

44. DIY Frozen Ice Castle - Made with a Crazy Forts set and some ice-blue fabric, this fort, excuse me, castle, is sure to please!

10 Outdoor Winter Boredom Busters

I know it’s cold, but give into the kids’ pleading for a few minutes and head outdoors for these great activities. Don’t worry – you can always take a cocoa break and thaw out. 

10 Winter Outdoor Boredom Busters

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45. Cheerio Bird Feeder - Feed the birds! These originalchocolate, and multi grain Cheerios look beautiful and tasty!

46. Ice Luminaries - A beautiful result from some balloons, water, and tea lights.

47. Frozen Bubbles - No bubbles inside during winter? No problem! Learn how to make frozen bubbles while playing outside. 

48. Kool-Aid Snow Paint - An easy way to color the snow with squeeze or spray bottles and some Kool Aid. 

49. Potato-head Snowman - Buttons and carrots not required, just your Mr.Potato Head supplies and enough snow to make a snowtato!

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50. Upside Down Snowman - A fun twist on an old classic – build your snowman backwards!

51. Colored Ice Sculptures - Spark some creative genius with colored ice sculptures. 

52. Winter Scavenger Hunt - Get out and see what the winter world holds. Explore your winter wonderland with this creative Winter Scavenger Hunt. 

53. Build-A-Snowman Set - Never need a carrot again! Make these sweet snowman features to use year after year. 

54. Duct Tape Sled - If you forgot to purchase sleds, don’t sweat it! Pull out an old cardboard box and enlist the kids’ help in covering it with duct tape.

16 Educational Winter Boredom Busters

Just because school is out doesn’t mean we want the kids to stop learning! Stretch their smarts by experimenting with the following brain boredom busters! 

16 Educational Winter Boredom Busters

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55. Animal Sewing Cards – Kids can practice their fine motor skills with this sewing activity. 

56. Car Park - Match numbered cars with their numbered slots. This activity is fun AND educational! 

57. Snowball Science - In the freezer, the refrigerator, or the table. Where will the snowball melt?

58. Fizzy Ice – Baking soda and vinegar with ice and food coloring make for a fizzy, foamy, colorful activity!

59. Let it Snow! Winter Counting Activities - Create mittens out of felt or card stock and assign a number. Kids then assign the correct amount of snowflakes to each mitten. 

60. DIY Sundial - Use a paper towel and cardboard box to learn how to tell time by the sun.

61. Dancing Worms - Baking soda and vinegar do so many fun things. See what happens to gummy worms.

62. Magic Foaming Snowman - This cute little snowman is going to melt in a very foamy fashion. 

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63. Melt a Mini (Indoor) Snowman – Bring the snow indoors and see a snowman melt and temperature change with the use of a hairdryer. 

64. Uno Twist – Match Uno card colors and/or numbers.

65. Snow Slime - Experiment with white school glue and water – What could happen?!

66. Grow a Crystal Tree - Learn why crystals grow up the cardboard with this tree cutout. 

67. Marshmallow Tinker Toys - The world needs more engineers, get your kids started with marshmallows and toothpicks.

68. Read a Word – Build a Snowman - What better motivation to read than an adorable snowman?

69Mitten Match Up - Memory is always a hit, winterize their favorite game with mittens.

70. Winter Garden - We need green in our lives! Bring some to your home with your windowsill winter garden.

16 Exercise and Game Winter Boredom Busters

Even the snow can’t stop the wiggles. Get your kids moving with these new and exciting games and exercises. 

16 Winter Game Boredom Busters

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71. Emotional Animal Dice Game - Combine an animal with an emotion and create funny memories.

72. “Snowball” Shooters - A fun variation of a snowball fight!

73. Indoor Snowball Fight - If you don’t get snow where you live – simply use cotton balls or batting to hold a snowball fight indoors! 

74. Indoor Flashlight Games - Night comes early in the winter months – make it fun with some flashlight games. 

75. Spider Web Course - String up a “web” and challenge the kids to move through it without touching the strings! 

76. Race Track - The only supplies you need for this activity are tape, cars, and your kiddos.

77. Nerf Gun Range - This activity is sure to please! Set up some cups and grab the Nerf gun to open up your shooting range.

78. Snowman Bowling - DIY snowman bowling uses tissue boxes and can be done inside or outside.

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79. Stuffed Animal Run - This game was made for kids, by kids! Toss the stuffies on the ground and run, run, run around!

80. Kids DANCE Videos - Link up to some incredibly fun dance instruction for the kids… and you!

81. Pom Pom Race - Create a tape track, find some pom poms and a straw and start blowing!

82. Animal Yoga for Kids - Yoga promotes balance and focus, animals promote fun.

83. ABC Exercise Cards - Combine letter practice with movement in this fun activity. 

84. Balloon Ping Pong - Cardstock or paper plates work perfect for the “paddles” and a balloon will be the perfect ball (and it won’t break your nice vase!).

85. Monster Punching Bag -  Kids get moving as they use a DIY Monster as a punching bag!  

86. Penguin Waddle Race – This site has movement and exercises that come with a large side of giggles.

15 Cooking Boredom Busters

I’m always down for a snack and so are the little ones! Combine the two and you’ve got a fun afternoon whipping up something good to eat.

15 Winter Cooking Boredom Busters

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87. Winter Bento Boxes – These cute snack boxes are all the rage! Make yours with these fun winter themes.

88. Penguin Banana Pops – If you’re a banana lover, you’ll love them even more once they are dressed up in chocolate and looking like penguins.

89. Tortilla Snowflakes - Take those paper snowflake cutting skills and apply them to some delicious cinnamon tortillas. 

90. Snow Ice-cream - Find some nice WHITE snow before whipping up this homemade ice-cream. 

91. Chocolate Trees – Square shaped chocolate cereal and powdered sugar combine for little trees of chocolatey goodness. 

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92. Snowman Pancakes - Easy to make and delicious to eat – that is my style! 

93. Chocolate Dipped Clementines with Sea Salt - Clementines are perfect this time of year. Your kids will love dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling sea salt for a tasty treat. 

94. Nutella Banana “Sushi” - Snack time fun with bananas and Nutella, and who doesn’t love Nutella!?

95. Snowman Sundaes - Turn an ice-cream treat into a cute little ice cream snowmen.

96. Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshakes - This Chic-Fil-A copycat shake is to die for! Delicious! 

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97. Snowman Pizza – Fabulous twist for pizza night – build a snowman pizza!

98. Polar Bear Vanilla Milkshake - Empty honey bear containers hanging around? Put them to an ingenious seasonal use by filling them with this delicious vanilla milkshake.

99. Penguin Chili - Chili and cheese are winter’s life blood. Put them together in penguin form to get your littles excited for dinner.

100. Snowman “Soup” {White Hot Chocolate} - Crock pot + hot chocolate create a delicious drink for winter.

101. Peanut Butter Snowballs - Snowballs are fun – peanut butter snowballs are even better. 

With SO MANY ideas –  you should easily get through this winter! Next time you hear the dreaded, “I’m bored!” just whip out one of these quick and easy boredom busters and turn that pouty frown upside down!

For more boredom busters check out Candice’s 101 Summer Boredom Busters. If you are looking for some fun for just you and your honey, hop over to Kari’s 65 Fabulous Winter Date Ideas. Don’t forget to keep checking The Dating Divas for more hints on making it through the chilly months!

 

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