Things to Do When The Kids Are Stuck Inside This Winter

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You can battle the winter chill with blankets and tea, but the real challenge is surviving those rainy weekends when the kids are stuck inside.

You’ve probably been thinking about it for weeks – what’s on at the movies, who’s up for a play date, what old toys can be taken out of storage and plonked in the rumpus room…

But if you’re strapped for ideas, or your little one is booored, here are some fresh ideas to put some fun back into those woeful winter weekends.

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We’ve got some ideas to keep your munchkins from going mad this winter… Featured: Rainy Owl Wall Decal from Campfire Graphics, available on Zanui.

IMAGINATIVE PLAY

For the imaginative kid content to while away the hours in their own little world, there are plenty of play stations to keep them occupied (maybe while you take a moment to enjoy a cup of tea).

Interactive toys let them embrace the world of make-believe using role-play. These modern interactive toys are the ultimate in durable and realistic designs, made to truly immerse them in that imaginative world.

PLAY KITCHENS

A favourite in our office (and with our customers!) are our ranges of colourful play kitchens – ideal for those little bakers and sous chefs who dream of running their own restaurant.

They’ve got literally everything a kid could want to cook up a storm just like mum and dad – microwaves that actually turn inside, oven doors that open, plenty of storage and stacks of style in bright designs.

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Featured: Uptown Espresso Play Kitchen from KidKraft, available on Zanui.

DOLL HOUSES

Feed your nostalgia and inspire their imaginations with a classic doll house – and wow, are there are some elaborate designs out on the market. From the wallpaper to the built-in lighting, these are some seriously realistic houses.

Does dolly want a three storey house with a loft and a swimming pool? Can do. All the accessories? We’ve got those too. From anatomically correct dolls to slippery dips and TV sets…

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Featured: Majestic Mansion Dollhouse from KidKraft, available on Zanui.

WORKSHOPS

For those who’d rather build a house than play with one, we love the realism of these workshops. Ideal for little ones drawn to the world of DIY renos.

Just like the one out in the shed (with more tools than you can poke a stick at) these construction benches are a must-have for little tradies. Take a look at the video below!


Featured: Deluxe Work Bench & Tools from KidKraft, available on Zanui.

READ A BOOK (OR WRITE ONE!)

When it’s windy outside and the trees are about to uproot, there’s nothing more comforting than cuddling up with a blanket and a good book – a quiet moment to escape.

We’re big believers in the importance of books and the benefits of reading. So when the weather turns cold and there’s no chance of going outside, point them to the nearest bookshelf.

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Featured: Lowercase Bookcase from Tidy Books, available on Zanui.

5 GREAT CLASSIC KIDS BOOKS

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

5 GREAT MODERN KIDS BOOKS

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Mapmaker Chronicles by A.L. Tait

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

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Featured: Mini Bookworm Bookshelf from Willow & Wood, available on Zanui.

And if their imagination is running away with them, encourage them to write. Start off with the story and add in illustrations, colour in a pretty cover, and staple or tie it together – it’s arts and crafts and it’s oh-so-creative (and something to treasure for years to come)!

CAMP OUT IN THE LIVING ROOM

Adventurous kids who want to explore the great unknown and enjoy the outdoors (even when it’s pouring), look no further. You can bring the outdoors in with a teepee or tent.

Pack a picnic lunch and eat it in the lounge room, camp out with a colouring book, or take some time out with the tablet and the latest gaming app…

Teepees are perfect for providing them with their own personal space when the house starts to feel a bit too small with everyone in it. And the best thing is, the tent is easily taken down at the end of the day.

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Featured: Play Teepee, Blue from KidKraft, available on Zanui.

THE BLACK-BORED

We’ve fallen in love with this simple but effective idea for keeping kids occupied. When they start up with that all-too-familiar slogan (I’m booored) or that follow-up (but I don’t know what to dooo), point them to the black-bored.

The black-bored is just a blackboard (you’ve probably guessed as much!). But it’s more than that – it’s a stack of spare ideas and inspiration for those miserable days when the winter months feel like they’ll go on forever…

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Image Credit: Better Homes & Gardens via Pinterest.

  1. Sit down with the kids and come up with ideas for things they can do around the house. Things like colouring in, watching a movie, writing a letter to a friend, or anything else you can think of.
  2. Write them on the black-bored (or even a piece of poster paper if you don’t have an actual blackboard) and decorate however you like.
  3. When the kids come whinging, all you have to do is point them to the list of activities (that they chose themselves!) and tell them to pick something (or even add to the list). The think-work has already been done, so all that’s left to do is have fun!

Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.