Creative play is the way young children learn. From babyhood on, children use their physical bodies, their imaginations and their relationships with others as they play out stories and situations to make sense of the world around them. Pretending is the way they practice social skills, learn to express their truest feelings and fears; it’s how they manage emotions and solve problems. For today’s busy families, time for unstructured creative play is in short supply. There are jobs and school and sports and community obligations. Our schedules are full. Creative play requires both open spaces of time and an environment conducive to pretending, creating and, yes, to making messes.
Winter can be hard - the short days, cold temperatures and snow days all tend to drive kids indoors, and it can be a struggle to keep our kids happy, healthy and active during these long, cold weeks. So if you’re looking for great kids’ games or need some winter boredom busters, we’ve got solutions!
When the weather outside is frightful and you are fresh out of fun ways to keep kids entertained, turn to this list of ideas. The key is to stop thinking like an adult and to remember how to think like a kid. Once you accomplish this, who knows what kind of mischief you will help your kids dream up!
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