It is the middle of winter. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors when they are coated with snow and ice or prefer to cuddle up when the weather starts to turn, entertainment is a necessity. If you have children then the importance of cold weather entertainment increases greatly. There are several options for parents, but here are some winter entertainment ideas for the whole family that seem to be favorites for all generations.
Sometimes the games that may appear old fashioned are actually opportunities for family togetherness and learning. In the winter months, board games are a viable option to sitting idly in front of the television or an overly graphic video game. Take time to turn off the technology on those long weekends or snow days and spend some family time with your little snow bunnies. These games are great after an afternoon spent outdoors as the whole family can gather, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy a bit of healthy competition. Some of the top games that come to mind are Scrabble, Monopoly and Chess.
Chess is typically for older children, but once the rules are taught, even young children can enjoy this game of strategy. Not only do the players have to strategize, but they must also plan ahead and guess at the opponents next move to protect certain members. This teaches strategies, forward thinking, and rule following for young players. Monopoly can also be a great snow day activity. This game that can last for hours teaches children how to count money, make purchases, and strategize in placing hotels and homes on their properties. This game can also teach children how to take turns, plan ahead for larger purchases, and make payments. Another game that can be enjoyed by the family is that of Scrabble. Scrabble teaches turn taking, counting, addition, and builds spelling and vocabulary skills. Each of these games can keep a family tuned in to one another and interacting in a way that seems to have been lost in this technological age.
Younger children may not be able to handle the adult versions of these games, but junior versions of most do exist. In addition, games such as Candy Land, Life, or even Checkers can bring families together. The goal is to interact with your children. Don’t waste another snow day vegging out in front of the television. Take time to talk, interact, and play while the weather does its worst.