Winter activities for the whole family
With the Christmas build up still to come, during November it can be difficult to think of activities to keep children and the whole family active and happy. Here are a few ideas for your family and foster children for this winter:
Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. Winter walks can be refreshing so get the family wrapped up warm and head out to a park for a walk. The New Forest has loads of great paths for exploring and if you get too cold why not stop off in Lyndhurst for a pub lunch or warming hot chocolate! If your family love picnics in the summer, remember you can still do this in the winter, just remember your layers and flask of tea!
Winter is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen and the whole family can join in. Younger children can get inventive with baking and decorating cookies or cakes whilst older children can learn to cook. Cooking is a great way to spend time with your foster child and encourage them to be creative whilst also building their confidence. A little competition can sometimes be great fun, so you could even try a cook-off or bake-off!
If it’s a bit too cold or rainy to venture outside why not set up a craft workshop in doors. Making Christmas cards, presents and decorations can be great fun and again encourage your foster child to express themselves. Find out what your foster child is interested in, for some it could be sewing or for others it could be painting. It can be a good idea to have some craft supplies in ready for an unexpected rainy day.
Spend a relaxing day catching up on the latest tv programmes or movies. A film day or evening is a great way to learn more about your foster child by watching their favourite films with them.
Gardening is a great way to get outside and although it may not be an obvious choice, this time of year is a great time to get planting bulbs. Encourage your foster child to get involved. You can give them their own plot or flower bed to plant and grow their own flowers or vegetables.
As long as it’s not icy, cycling or running outdoors is a great way to burn off some energy and warm up during winter. Ice skating rinks pop up all over the country at this time of year so have a look online to find the nearest one to you. If your foster child loves sports but doesn’t like the cold, check out your local leisure centre to see what activities they are holding this winter.
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