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5 Ways to Make Warm Winter Memories with Your Kids

17 Jan

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It is incredibly easy to get the cold, winter blues when the excitement of the holidays has past. Exchanging warm nights filled with family traditions, cheer, and enthusiasm for nights of snow and cabin fever can be tough on little ones. Here are some ideas that you can implement to help combat the melancholy of winter while building precious memories.

Family Photo Sharing Time

Whether you store them in a dusty crate in the attic or in carefully designed and organized scrapbooks on the shelf, looking at family photos can provide an excellent night of indoor entertainment. Your children would love to see the adventures of your youth, important events such as their favorite uncle’s wedding, and even their baby pictures from the not so distant past. If you have fully adapted to the technology age and prefer your photos digital, have no fear! This gives you a fantastic opportunity to invite the grandparents over who are sure to have a few photo books sitting around. Plus, there is nothing like reminiscing past summer vacations to warm up a cold winter’s night.

Reinvent Family Movie Night

Often the go-to staple of family time, especially during the winter, movie night can easily become predictable. Why not reinvent it? Instead of watching that cartoon adventure that you can quote word for word, watch old family films that are sure to be crammed full of memories and stories. If you do not have access to home movies, why not start a collection now? Whip out your cell phone and record your little ones answering questions. You can even host a mini family “talent show” then relive the memories by watching your new film at your next family movie night.

Favorite Food Night

Nothing can lift a mood like giving your child their favorite food. Next time you plan your family dinners consider hosting a family favorite food night. Simply create a meal including at least one favorite food item from each family member. For example, if your favorite food is Italian and another member of the family favorite food is Mexican, perhaps you can enjoy a dinner of spaghetti tacos or something less intimidating such as pasta top with taco meat and queso cheese. Yum!

Family Game Night- Winter Edition!

Playing in the snow is a must do in wintertime. Time to make it a family affair! You can, of course, stick to the “snow day staple” such as snowman building, snowball fighting, and sledding. If you are interested in changing up your snow play, try building snow animals instead of snowmen. You can even play traditional games such as “Tic Tac Toe” and “Hot Potato” but instead with and in the snow. If your house is lacking the white, fluffy, wet stuff; consider artificial snow, all the same fun with less hassle and no need to shovel the driveway!

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Family Fitness

Cabin fever is hard to defeat when the temperatures outside make playtime a challenge. Family fitness is a great way to combat both post-holiday calories and winter restlessness. It can be as simple as pushing the couches aside and stretching as a group or as planned out as a group exercise session. You can even choose to involve your little ones into your already existent home fitness routine, such as having them count your push-ups and “hold down” your feet during sit-ups. Use classic games like “Simon Says” to creatively morph simple exercises like jumpin’ jacks into family fun!

Have other family activities that you use to form special memories and chase away the winter blues? Share your ideas with others and us by commenting below.

Great Games to Add to Family Game Night

16 Dec

Spice up game night with these family-friendly favorites! Join the experts at Kaplan Toys as they count down their favorite family games, that will have you saying, “Game on, Grandma!”

#5: Spot It™

This fast-paced party game will train your eyes to look for a match to your card and spot it! Race against your opponents as you try to find a match for every card. Be careful though, every card only has ONE match! A sharp eye and a bit of speed will aid you on your way to becoming a master matcher! For 2-8 players. 6 years & up.

Item Number: 00252

Price: $11.95

#4: Set Game

Improve pattern recognition, visual perception and critical thinking skills with this fast-paced game! Shout “SET!” and everyone checks to see if you have discovered the three cards that form a SET from the twelve laid face up on the table. The dealer lays out three more cards. The search starts again. There are no turns, which improves time on task. 6 years & up.

Item Number: 87675

Price: $12.95

#3: Bananagrams

In this unique word game, players use tiles to create words crossword-style. The first player to use all their tiles is the winner. With multiple ways to play, this game is perfect for beginning spellers, as well as more advanced players. No pencil, paper, or board required. 7 years & up.

Item Number: 18011

Price: $14.95

#2: Quirkle

Mix, match, score, and win! A strategy game based on color and shape rather than letters. Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but well planned strategy and tactical maneuvers will help you win the game. Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color. 108 wooden blocks. 2 to 4 players. 6 years & up.

Item Number: 00536

Price: $24.95

#1: Apples to Apples, Jr.

Apples to Apples, Jr brings the hilarious card and party game to younger players. Players will delight in all the crazy comparisons, while expanding their vocabulary and thinking skills at the same time. The game is as easy as comparing apples to apples. Just open the box, deal the RED APPLE cards to each player, and you’re ready to go! 9 years & up.

Item Number: 92213

Price: $21.95