1. Indoor Picnic Who needs sunshine to have a great picnic? Spread out a blanket and placemats on the living room floor and make a selection of simple finger foods (sandwiches, bagels and cream cheese, pretzels, fruit and cookies are good options) and a thermos of hot chocolate or tea for a delicious feast. For a little extra fun, go through the costume box and dress up with a theme in mind – anything from a day at the beach to the knights of the Round Table.
2. Puppet Show Looking for indoor activities with a dramatic flair during your winter vacation? Channel all that energy into writing, directing and performing a Broadway-worthy puppet show. Use puppets you already have or make your own with old socks, markers, glue, scraps of fabric, pipe cleaners, yarn or any other craft supplies you have on hand. Add personality to each puppet and get ready to break a leg on stage!
3. Hide-and-Seek This classic game is sometimes even more fun on a cold, gloomy day. Pick someone to be “It,” count to 100 and search for everyone else throughout the house (give this person a flashlight to feel more like a detective on a case). Keep playing until everyone has been “It” at least once.
4. Sardines For a different spin on hide-and-seek, play sardines, where one child hides and everyone else searches for her. If a seeker finds the person hiding, he joins her instead of pointing her out to the rest of the search party. This continues until all of the kids are squeezed into the one hiding place. The first seeker to find the person hiding gets to hide next.
5. Reader’s Theater Practice reading aloud in a fun and theatrical way with reader’s theater, where kids read lines from a script instead of memorizing them. It’s so easy you can put on a short production in an afternoon. Look at the library for scripts or print them out online.