The cooler months have arrived here in Hertfordshire and with them brings a lot more time spent indoors as people try to keep the damp, cold air at bay. For those with a foster child, this means coming up with fun and entertaining indoor ideas the whole family can take part in. To help keep you prepared for whatever weather may be happening outdoors, we’ve got three fun ways to keep your foster child entertained indoors. Many will have the whole family taking part in the fun.
Cooking with Kids – Fun and Educational
Cooking with your foster child is not only a fun activity, but this is also a learning opportunity for them. Learning how to prepare and cook meals is an important life skill. You may want to start small with just one recipe each time, or if you have a tween or teen foster child, they can prepare an entire meal. It’s all about picking age-appropriate recipes that they can handle.
And because kids can be picky when it comes to food, why not let them choose what dish they want to make? If you’re having a hard time finding child-friendly recipes and ideas, try searching online as there are many helpful sites.
Ongoing Winter Board Game Challenge
Another fun idea is to set up a winter-long challenge, where you work your way through all the popular and trending family-friendly board games. You can keep track of who wins each game, creating a family leaderboard, if you will. This is a great way to make the game even more fun than it already is, and it keeps things interesting since you will be playing a different one each time.
Board game night can be a weekly event in the household, and you may even want to designate one particular day/night as game time. Everyone can take turns picking a game so it stays balanced.
Some of the most popular family-friendly board games to check out include:
- Race to Escape
- Connect 4
- Mouse Trap
- Snakes and Ladders
Just be sure to keep the game age-appropriate so the children can grasp the concept easily.
Combine Exercise with Fun
Keeping kids physically active is important for their mental and physical well-being. The problem is, when you are fostering in Hertfordshire, the weather won’t always be on your side during the winter months. The good news is there are plenty of ways to get your foster child up and moving, while having fun inside.
Here are ways you can combine indoor exercise with fun:
- Watch a child-friendly exercise video
- Practice Yoga or Pilates together
- Have a dance party
- Create an indoor obstacle course
- Set up an indoor scavenger hunt
- Play balloon volleyball
- Play hide and seek
These are just a few fabulous and fun ways to keep your foster child entertained indoors even during the worst weather days of winter. Don’t let the dreariness of the outdoors spoil anyone’s fun.