Going into winter means it's getting a bit chilly! So when the sun goes down and the sky turns grey and you're forced to spend more time indoors with the kids, there are 5 winning ways to maximise your enjoyment of it all.
1. Find yourself a time-killing craft
Watercolour painting is perfect for indoors because it is easy to clean! For a bit of fun, get some white crayons out and draw trees and flowers by hand before covering the page in deep blue shades of watercolour. The crayons resist the colour and you are left with beautiful wintery landscapes shining out from the translucent colour effect that watercolour has. This activity is perfect with kids as you don’t have to be Picasso to get a bit of a ‘WOW’ factor with the end result. TIP - the more water the better, it helps the crayon to resist the colour.
You can find quite the haul of crafting accessories for your projects right here on BHG Shop.
2. Give the kids a world of their own
Encourage imagination by building a fortress for the kids - Throw sheets over the dining room table or couch. Dress it with fairy lights for added magic and soften with cushions for comfort. Try using torches to do finger shadow puppet shows – kids love it.
Fresh out of kid-appropriate cushions? We've got you covered with some fab colourful, themed ones the kids will adore!
3. Turn the home into your art space
If you have big windows, create a border with masking tape, dilute your washable paint with washing liquid and let your kiddies paint it in! Something a little ‘out-of-the-box’ that kids will love. A great activity to extend to cleaning the windows after as you wash the project away! Alternative is same concept with chalk on the garage floor.
Or you could always get crafty with some paper and teach the kids about silhouettes! We've got all the paper materials to do you you'd need, right here.
4. Get creative in the kitchen
Kids often get their willingness to cook from Mum and/or Dad, so just fostering it on a rainy or miserable winter day inside, you might be raising a junior Neil Perry! Get messy, get creative and get to having some quality fun in the heart of the home.
We've got some wonderful cook books available for purchase right here and if you're in need of a recipe for something kid-friendly like these cheeky Jaffa muffins (here's the recipe).
5. Get handy with a set of knitting needles
This mightn't be a kid-friendly indoor option, but lord knows it'll do you a world of good! When you don't feel like buying a throw rug and are more inspired to take needle to thread and get crafty with this season's 'Boho Chic' knit kit, you can take it where you like. And the best bit? You wind-up with a fabulous, cuddly blanket to snuggle-up with at the end of it.