February always seem to bring on cabin fever for my boys. The “winter wonderland” effect is wearing off and the excitement of Christmas is long forgotten. We are now in the midst of long gray winter days that never seem to end. Good thing there is plenty to keep you and your family busy all month long!
February’s Five Fun Family Activities!
Make A Fort In The Living Room: I love making living room forts any time of year but in the winter especially. There is something special about being huddled under a toasty warm blanket with your flashlight pretending to be on an amazing adventure. Don’t just watch from the outside, get into the action! Forts help to take away external distractions and really let you engage with your child, and by letting them be in charge of what direction the play goes you will be letting them stretch their imagination while creating memories that will last a life time!
Have A Movie Night: Gather the kids, pop some popcorn and watch a family friendly movie. If the kids are too young for a full length film choose one of their favorite cartoons instead. Even the shorter option will give them a long enough distraction, while having a fund family bonding experience.
Make Valentines Day Cards: It wouldn’t be a complete list of fun activities for February if I didn’t mention Valentines day! Each year the boys and I make a handmade card for my Grandmother (she happens to be a Valentines baby), my parents, and each other. It is a lot of fun to make your own cards and helps the kids practice important skills like using scissors (if old enough), hand writing skills, and gives them a sense of accomplishment. Younger children can get a lesson in colors and shapes when creating their cards.
Have an elderly neighbor who will be alone on Valentines day, remind them how special they are with a handmade card of their own!
Go Bowling: Bowling can be a great way to get out of the house with out having to spend time in the cold. There are special bumper guards available upon request at most bowling allies so even the littlest bowler can have fun and participate!
Visit Your Local Fire Station: Visiting your local fire station is not only a fun outing but a great opener to teach your children about fire safety at home. Take this time to start the discussion with your kids about what to do if there was ever a fire, create an evacuation plan and a make a meeting place that everyone should go to incase there is a fire. We do fire drills once a month with our preschooler and are also taking advantage of his interest in firemen to talk about fire safety on a daily basis.
What fun family activities do you have planned for this month?