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17 Fun Activities To Help Any Parent Survive Winter Break

Diply 3 Jul 2018

Of course you'll take your kids tobogganing and do all the classic activities during the winter break, but what happens when they don't want to build a snowman and they have cabin fever and they're bored and you need time for yourself? Try these unique ideas to keep your kids engaged and busy while you take a well-deserved java break.

1. A Maze Them

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Get out the duct tape and make a giant floor maze for your kids. Tell them they have to get a ball from point A to point B with just a straw and their mighty air power.

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2. Go For Snow Slime

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There are recipes all over the internet for this kid-approved craft like this one: Dissolve one tablespoon of Borax in one cup of water. Add white glue, more water, some food coloring, sparkles, and let them slime it out.

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3. Teach Them How To Make A Snowy Owl

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Buy yourself time by having the kids spend their own time outdoors seeing "who" can gather the most pinecones to stuff with cotton and turn it into a cute snowy owl.

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4. Make Your Own Wine-Filled Gummy Bears

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After you've finished making Jello gummy bears for the kids, make some wine-filled gummies for you and your partner. Just be careful not to mix them up! These bears are for adults only!

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5. Have A Picnic In the Snow

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On a milder day, pack up some snacks and hot chocolate in a thermos and take the kids out for a snow hike, stopping for a fun picnic in the snow along the way.

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6. Any Way You Dice It Should Work

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Write fun activities on a cube. Your kids will enjoy rolling the die and completing each challenge. Throw in a chore or two and see if it flies... I mean, it's worth a shot, right?

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7. Create A Ring Toss

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You don't even need instructions for this one. Just show your kids this picture and let them get to it! All you need are paper plates, paper towel tubes, scissors, paint and that trusty duct tape.

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8. Make DIY Snow Paint

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White snow is sooo yesterday. Change it up with DIY snow paint that'll keep the kids busy for hours. Just fill up some spray bottles with water and food coloring and unleash your little Picasso.

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9. Try The Alphabet Game

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Mixup and spread out letters of the alphabet around the house and let your kids find them to make the alphabet. Have the bigger kids help out the littles and enjoy some well-earned free time.

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10. Create A Scavenger Hunt

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Write a list of things to find around the house and have a prize for the first one to complete the scavenger hunt. Don't make it too easy or it'll be over before you know it.

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11. Have Them Design Their Own Bird Feeder

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Winter break is for the birds. Get out the lego, egg cartons, and empty OJ jugs and let your kids get as creative as they can making their own bird feeder.

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12. Try An Upside Down Snowman

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Turn winter break on its head with a challenge for your kids to recreate this upside down snowman. This should buy you time to enjoy a bevvie while watching them from the window.

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13. Let Their Imagination Run Wild With Paper Cups

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Paper cups were meant for stacking. Buy a whole whack and let your kids go to town making towers, castles and forts, oh my! See who can make the tallest tower.

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14. Make A Colourful Inukshuk

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How cool is this? Get out all that Tupperware and fill it with water and a few drops of food coloring to create beautiful pieces of colorful ice blocks like these which the kids can stack to make Inukshuks.

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15. Create Soft Glowing Snow Lanterns

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Don't throw those snowballs! Make art with them instead. Have your kids make as many little snowball forts as they can and when night falls, slip a tea light under each one to create magical snow lanterns.

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16. Make Maple Snow Taffy

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This is fun to do with the kids and makes a yummy treat for you too. Boil maple syrup for about ten minutes until it's sticky. Pour it onto snow and let the kids twist some taffy.

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17. Teach Them How To Make Frozen Bubbles

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Time to get them out of the house! Add some soap and water to a bowl and get them to blow through a straw. Your kids will be mesmerized and leave you alone for at least a few minutes.

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