Autumn is coming to an end, and it’s barely warm enough to stand outside for five minutes – never mind go out and play games with the kids (unless it’s snowing of course).
You don’t have to sit in front of the fire warming yourself up all winter though – you can keep your mind and body active by playing some fun, engaging games with your kids.
Here are our top three favourites for this winter:
If your kids are curious, active and like to indulge in a bit of friendly competition – give them a winter scavenger hunt to keep them entertained.
You’ll need a collection of identical winter items: think gloves, baubles, twin ornaments (if they’re not important to you) and write them all onto a ‘Christmas List’.
Split your kids into two teams or 1v1, and set a timer. They have to find each item in the allocated time, and the winner is the one who does it the quickest.
You could arrange a surprise for the winning team as well.
Snowman slam is ideal for kids (and adults) that need to improve their target practice! All you’ll need is some foam or polystyrene cups – although recyclable cups would be better – and some cotton wool.
Stack the cups on top of each other into a pyramid and roll the cotton wool into throwable balls.
Get your kids to stand away from the cups and throw the cotton wool at the pyramid, trying to knock the cups off.
The winner is the team that knocks the most cups off. Brrrilliant!
The candy cane is a classic staple of the festive period, so it makes sense to include it in a winter game.
And the best thing is that you only need candy canes. You might want to tell the kids you’re playing the game after you’ve hidden the candy canes so as not to arouse suspicion.
Also, consider the age of your kids and where you put them – you don’t want anyone trying to scale the Christmas tree! You’ve already got their reward, too.
If you’re feeling brave, you could take the game outside.