It’s January

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By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

Yep, it’s January, that time of year we all dread in Minnesota. The fun and excitement of the holidays are over, we may have gained a few pounds, and we are living in the frozen tundra. I thought it might be fun to give a few cheap and easy ideas to survive the cold dark month of January.

I did some research and I found this great link with all sorts of ideas: http://www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/50-essential-winter-activities/

I thought I would highlight a few that I think will work for a variety of ages and will cost you next to nothing to do:

  • Make a stop-motion video or any sort of video with your kids- this gives your kids a chance to be silly, creative and can fill up hours! All you need is a phone or a video camera.
  • Have a fort building contest- Get your whole neighborhood involved on the next snowy day to build community and have fun
  • Have a pajama day- Who doesn’t love a pajama day?
  • Have a hot chocolate party- Invite friends over! Your kids play with their kids and everyone is happy!

I liked so many ideas on the above site, it was hard for me to limit myself. When my kids were little, we used to love to make blanket forts with cushions and blankets. The kids would giggle and play for hours. What activities do you do to make it through the coldest months of the year? Please share in the comments section below.

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