Winter weather means that multiples are cooped up inside the house and looking for action! Keep them from destroying the house (and each other) by creating some homemade messes. From finger paint to bubbles, these ideas are sure to ignite a creative spark and warm up a dreary winter day. You’re the best judge of your twins/multiples — be sure you provide a safe, washable play area because things might get messy!
Does winter weather make you and your multiples feel stir crazy? Or are you lethargic and slow-moving, not wanting to move from your warm spot on the couch? Well, get moving! Being confined to the house during harsh winter weather makes everyone feel a little bit out of sorts. Both parents and kids are denied the opportunity to walk to the park, soak up the sunshine and fresh air, and burn off some energy.
Well, don’t be a seasonal sloth — get moving! There are lots of fun ways to get moving indoors. Here are some ways that you and your twins/multiples can get moving together
There is nothing that kids love more than being in their own private hideaway haven. And there’s nothing more fun that crafting it yourself in the comfort of your own home by building an indoor fort. This is a wonderful indoor activity that will provide many happy memories, especially if mom and dad participate in the building and actually spend some time in the hideaway. Here are some tips for making unforgettable forts:
Designate a specific construction area. If your multiples are old enough to build the fort themselves, give them specific instructions about what areas and materials are off limits.
Start with a sturdy base so that the entire structure doesn’t come crashing down on your heads. The dining room table, a large cardboard box (preferably refrigerator size!) or an existing play hut or house are good starts. A camping tent (if it’s accessible and easy to set up) makes a wonderful indoor fort. You can also create a structure by draping blankets over the backs of chairs.
Decide if you’ll build a communal fort or if each multiple requires their own space. With twins, you never know when they’ll want their own identity and when they’ll find it more fun to share. If your resources are sparse, consider separate areas within a common fort.
Provide plenty of soft quilts and pillows (my daughters love to use the sofa cushions to bolster the walls of their creations.)
Flashlights really heighten the fun! Give each child their own flashlight to play with in the fort.
If it’s feasible, provide a non-messy snack and let the children eat in their fort. My girls still talk about the “picnic” they had in our living room one time. It was only carrot sticks and cheese slices, but it was better than any gourmet feast because they ate it inside the coccoon of blankets draped over the coffee table.
Extend the magic by furnishing the fort with lots of accessories. If age appropriate, a boom box can provide a soundtrack, playing favorite songs or read-along books. No fort should be without a collection of favorite stuffed animals. And, if you’ve provided flashlights or other ample lighting, a fort is a great place to snuggle together and read away the afternoon.
Turn a snow day into a show day! Art is a wonderful way for twins and other multiples to express their individuality. Help them showcase their talents by providing materials and inspiration. You don’t need a lot of fancy supplies; let kids create with junk mail, print out free coloring pages, or even paint in the snow!
Indoor Sand Box
You can’t spend a day at the beach when it’s minus two degrees outside! But you can give your children a similar experience indoors by creating a sandbox environment where they can dig to their hearts’ content. This is an ideal activity for toddler twins at the parallel play stage.
Hunt for Treasure
Children never get tired of hunting for treasure — no matter how “ordinary” the treasure may actually be. This activity does take some preparation, but you can also involve your multiples with the process to make it fun for everyone. Have your twins craft a treasure hunt for each other or organize a scavenger hunt!
Hide and Seek
Kids never tire of this classic game. Organize an indoor version at home on a wintry day.
Good Clean Fun
A warm bath feels pretty good when winter winds are howling. Get your twins or multiples involved in some good clean fun in the bathtub — they’ll get cleaned up and have fun at the same time. Certainly, you’ll want to supervise tub play for safety, but they’ll have so much fun, you might even want to get in on the act!
In the Kitchen
The kitchen is likely the warmest place in the house on a cold day; spend some time with your twins or multiples creating warm winter treats like Hot Cocoa or cold concoctions like Snow Ice Cream. Plan a dinner and open your own “restaurant.” Or just prepare a favorite recipe — no matter what their age, children love to help out in the kitchen.
Read All About It
There’s nothing like a good book. It’s never too early to encourage a love of reading in children; the benefits are too numerous to be overlooked. But sometimes reading with twins or multiples can be a challenge.