By Tabitha Surface, Extension Agent
Ah, winter break – that time of year when teachers and students rejoice, and parents ask the question, “What am I going to do with these children for the next two weeks?” Here are some fun and budget-friendly activities you can do with your kids during the winter break, especially with the mild temperatures we’ve been having here in West Virginia so far this season.
Indoor Snowball Fight
It’s been a snowless December for the most part, but get into the winter spirit by having an indoor snowball fight. You can buy indoor snowballs or shower poofs, found in the health and beauty section. Or, with this overly warm weather, you can still take the “fight” outside.
Snow Sensory Activity
If you’re itching to see snow on the ground, consider making your own. Using the following ingredients, mix one wet with one or more dry ingredients. Add glitter for a snow that looks more festive.
- Shaving Cream
- Corn Starch
- Baking Soda
- Shredded Paper
Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy the unseasonably warm weather while it is here by going on a nature walk scavenger hunt. There are great walking trails all over the region, just check your state and local parks.
Here a few fun things to look for:
- a squirrel
- an evergreen tree
- something green that isn’t an evergreen tree
- a cardinal
- other birds
Here’s a fun idea to try: If you take the walk with socks over your shoes, the socks will collect seeds. In the spring, plant your socks and see what grows!
If you’re open to venturing a little farther than your own front yard, consider volunteering someplace as a family, like at a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, community holiday dinner, or even the animal shelter.
Have children go through toys and clothes and donate them locally. Or, join this college student and put jackets, scarves and mittens around a local city with notes that read, “I’m not lost! If you need me, please take me.” Organize an event such as a blanket and jacket handout.
Or take the time to explore your local community by going to a museum, visiting an ice skating rink, or taking a class or workshop as a family. Find local events at West Virginia Department of Commerce’s Calendar of Events.
Between at-home activities and volunteer opportunities, the are a plenty of ways to keep you and your kids busy all through the winter break.