When the weather outside is frightful, staying cozy indoors can be delightful. As long as you keep the kids entertained! Here are eight ideas for winter activities that will keep the little ones from going stir crazy and make spending time indoors fun for the whole family.

Sip organic hot chocolate

Hot chocolate makes the perfect winter-time treat. It’s a sweet reward that helps keep kids ward off the winter chills. Check out this quick, easy and delicious organic hot chocolate recipe – it’s sure to bring joy to your little ones.

Have a movie marathon

Spending quality time snuggled up on the sofa in pajamas can be nice, especially on sick days. Rent favorite films from your childhood and introduce them to your kids, or have each member of the family pick a movie to watch.

Build a fort

Snow forts can be fun, but if there’s no snow on the ground or you’re looking for something warmer, use pillows and blankets to make a cozy fort in your living room. Here are some construction tips.

Set up a scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts are often an outdoor activity, but you can bring the fun indoors. Here are some hunt ideas.

Play board games

Challenge each other to some friendly competition. Some suggestions for getting even young toddlers involved are Haba My First Games and Thinkfun Roll & Play Board Game.

Get crafty

Make a homemade snow globe by turning a glass jar and some glitter into sparkly winter scene or choose another cute and fun winter craft for kids.

Make a warm meal

Treat the kids to a special breakfast like snowman-shaped pancakes. You can even get them involved by having them help to prepare it. Little ones can help decorate the snowmen and stir the batter with supervision.

Have a dance party

Get footloose to some favorite tunes and encourage kids to join in. You can also provide some dress up options and put on a pretend concert.

Do you have a story to share with our readers? We want to hear it! Sign up for our Spoke Contributor Network and start submitting your writing today.