Going stir crazy? You're not alone. Being stuck indoors as it starts to get cold outside will make anyone antsy. Instead of lounging around, try these five fun things to do with your kids this winter.

Play Board Games Together

Be sure to introduce the kids to some of your favorites too! Here are some good ideas:

  • Monopoly

  • Scrabble

  • Clue

  • Apples to Apples

  • Yahtzee

  • Trivial Pursuit

  • Checkers

  • Sorry!

  • Chess

  • Connect Four

  • Candyland

  • Chinese Checkers

  • Don’t Break the Ice

  • Scattergories

  • Guess Who?

  • Hi Ho! Cherry-O

  • Chutes and Ladders

  • Operation

Make Homemade Hot Cocoa With Marshmallows

It’s easy to make hot cocoa at home, and this recipe never disappoints.


Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ⅓ cup hot water

  • ⅛ tsp salt

  • 4 cups of milk of your choice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Mini marshmallows


Instructions:

  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan.

  2. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.

  3. Stir in the milk and increase the heat, but do not boil.

  4. Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well. Serve immediately with mini marshmallows.

Make Ice Cream Using Snow

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And when life gives you snow, you make ice cream! If you’ve never made snow ice cream before, it’s easy and all you need are five simple ingredients, a few minutes and some sprinkles to throw on top for extra fun.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk of your choice

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 8 cups clean snow


Instructions:

Whisk the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined. Add your clean snow and immediately stir it into the milk mixture until you reach your desired consistency. Top with sprinkles or other ice cream toppings if desired. The snow will melt quickly, so work fast! Enjoy.

Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder With Honey

This wonderful little bird feeder is one thing you can do inside. It’s a simple, fun and natural craft that the whole family can enjoy. Here’s how to make one.


What you’ll need:

  • Pine cones (as many as you want to make)

  • Honey

  • Bird seed or nuts and berries

  • A spatula, butter knife or spoon

  • Twine, yarn, ribbon or pipe cleaners to hang

  • Newspaper

  • 2 bowls


What to do:

  • Gather as many pine cones as you’d like. The larger, the better.

  • Set down newspaper over your work area, because this project tends to get a little messy.

  • Take your chosen hanging material and tie it to the top of the pinecone. Leave it about 2-3 feet long.

  • Take a pinecone and hold it over an empty bowl. Using a spoon, drizzle the honey into the open cone.

  • Once the honey is in, sprinkle or place your bird food inside the cone.

  • Spread the honey on the outside and roll the cone in the bird food.


That’s it! Once you have your cones covered, hang them up outside and watch the birds and squirrels rejoice.

Make Greeting Cards for Residents of a Local Nursing Home

Then go deliver them together.


What you'll need:

  • Blank cards and envelopes (or paper you can cut or fold to make a card)

  • Coloring pages or blank paper for drawing

  • Decorating supplies such as markers, crayons, stamps, stamp pads and stickers


Instructions:

  • Decorate the cards and create colorful drawings. Write uplifting messages, such as “enjoy your day.” (Avoid get-well sentiments, because some of your recipients may be sick for a long time.)

  • See the organization's website for additional card-making guidelines.

  • Deliver your handiwork in person and have a brief chat.