It’s almost time for winter! That means you and your family can have snowball fights, try ice skating and explore other cold-weather activities. You may need to take some precautions due to COVID-19, but you can still have a safe and healthy season.
Here are seven ways to spend time with your family.
1. Bake and Decorate Treats
The holiday season wouldn’t be any fun without treats. Why not take a weekend to make various cookies, pies and cakes to enjoy as a family? You can also deliver some baked goods to family and friends as a gift. It’s the season of giving!
Here are a few different holiday recipe ideas to bake and decorate together:
- Gingerbread cookies
- Christmas fudge
- Yule logs
- Peppermint bark
- Bread pudding
- Iced sugar cookies
Feel free to make healthier options, too. For example, you can make holiday-inspired trail mix or granola bars to ensure your treats aren’t totally loaded with sugar and carbohydrates.
2. Have a Snowman Contest
There’s not much else that screams winter than snowmen. If you expect a snowy forecast, you and your family can head outside to have a snow sculpture contest. You don’t need anything more than a shovel and accessories.
In an hour, you and your family have to build a figure with snow. It doesn’t have to resemble a person. It could be a bird if you want. Then, you’ll add scarves, hats and other bits to help them come to life. Vote to see who’s created the best one.
3. Watch Holiday Movies
A holiday movie marathon can be a fun way to spend a particularly cold day. You and your family can choose their favorites to watch over an afternoon or evening. This time together will help you relax mentally and physically — and you can even invite friends and family via Zoom!
There are endless holiday movies you can pick. Try “The Polar Express,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Elf.” You can make snacks and prepare drinks, too. Be sure to wear your comfiest pajamas so that you can binge your chosen films all day.
4. Create a Seasonal Scrapbook
If you want to cherish every moment you make throughout winter, you should create a scrapbook. This project can help occupy your family when you don’t have anything else planned. Plus, you’ll be able to pass down your scrapbook to your kids’ families.
Use a phone or camera to snap photos. These pictures can be whatever you like. Then, you can have them printed. Grab a scrapbook, glue and pens to start! You can add notes and designs by specific images to create a little flair.
5. Take a Nature Hike
If you have an active family, you should take a nature hike. You and your children can explore a local trail to see seasonal animals, plants and more. The cold weather doesn’t have to halt outdoor activities as long as you wear warm clothes.
Look online to see which parks are open nearby. You should wait for a day where it’s at least a little sunny and warm so that you don’t freeze. Pack a backpack with snacks and water to keep everyone happy. A first aid kit will be handy, too.
It’s important to dress appropriately so that you avoid cold-induced illnesses. Wear sturdy close-toed shoes to help you navigate trails easily. You should also layer shirts and pants to ensure you stay warm and dry.
6. Start a Book Club
A family-wide book club can be a tradition that lasts for years. You may not have seen certain people due to COVID-19, so it’ll help everyone bond on a new level. It’s an easy activity to organize for both kids and adults.
You’ll want to send an email or text to see who wants to join. Then, you can organize a time every week or two to chat online about your selected book. You could have everyone suggest a novel they want to read. It’s also smart to have a poll each month.
Either way, you and your family will be able to forge a lasting connection.
7. Write Letters to Others
The holiday season can be an opportunity to extend a little love to people. That’s why a heartfelt letter can be an awesome activity. Why not write letters to Santa or another seasonal figure. You could also address notes to U.S. troops so that they receive some appreciation. The possibilities are endless.
This activity will occupy your kids whenever it’s too chilly to do anything outdoors. Plus, they’ll be able to learn a few lessons about gratitude.
Try These Activities to Bond with Family This Winter
It may seem like 2020’s holiday season will be completely different than years past. That’s true to an extent, but you can still have a wonderful time with your family. Use these ideas to have fun and keep busy when it’s cold outside.
Article Submitted By Community Writer