It is cold, and I want to stay indoors!
dislike hate Winter! That’s right; I said the word HATE!
Living in Canada, winter is a reality that stretches on and on and on, like the energizer bunny without the fluffy cuteness. Month after month of snow and freezing temperatures can make even the happiest person grumpy!
Unless you love winter sports (I don’t) or have a body that handles the cold well (I was not blessed with that either), winter will be challenging, to say the least.
However, happiness can be (should be, MUST be) cultivated under all circumstances. I stumbled upon this internet meme, and I loved it so much, that it has become a quick “pick me up” when the snow outside my window piles on!
Between the physical distancing guidelines, lockdowns or partial lockdowns (the pandemic is still going strong, unfortunately) and the cold weather, it seems like we will spend more time indoors!
Solution? Indoor family activities!
So, what is a no-outdoor-activity family to do during those long winter months?
Time for some fun indoor activities, sure to beat the winter blues, which will ALSO double up as introductions- refreshers to pivotal Bible stories!
I have compiled a list of activities that will provide many hours of entertainment. I have also included suggestions that tie the activities to specific Biblical passages that you can leverage to turn the activities into wholesome, edifying fun. Indoor Family Activities that will help you read the Bible together = the best way to enjoy winter together and grow spiritually as a family!
Building Indoor Forts
What could be cozier than building our very own “fortified fort” and then filling it with favourite toys, a flashlight, and some books (suggestion: the SuperHolies.)
Bible Reference: This is a great way to review the story of Jonah in the whale’s belly.
Formula one minus the Ferrari!
Make a marble race track.
Bible Reference: While it was not a “race,” the parable of the five wise virgins is a perfect tie into this activity as the wise ones arrived ready for the wedding!
The only snow I like!
What a creative, artistic, and delicious recipe: Sugar Cinnamon Snowflakes!
Bible Reference: What else was “sweet”? That is right: Manna from heaven- cue in Exodus!
A Winter wonderland that will not melt!
Bible Reference: As you will be creating a village of people, this activity serves as a good opening for what happened after the flood, when the entire world had to be repopulated: hello Noah!
Science lovers in the house? Snow Volcano!
(This one requires a quick venture to the outdoors, but the results are well worth it!).
Bible Reference: Any science talk would not be complete without revisiting the creation story- Genesis 101!
Do-it-yourself snow globes!!
Call me a child (I am!)–I LOVE snow globes!!!
Something about turning it upside down and watching the scenery change that is purely magical in my eyes!
Bible Reference: Mark 9:3 “His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.” Younger children may not be as familiar with The Transfiguration story as older ones. This activity can be a great introduction to how snow is mentioned in the Bible and how Jesus was transfigured in front of his disciples!
I Pray that your family will have a restful, peaceful, healthy winter and that these suggestions will help conquer any blues!
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