Snow days and Christmas vacation are right around the corner. If you are drowning in debt, keep the entertainment expenses down with these free educational winter activities for the kids.
4 Free Educational Winter Activities
Everything about kids is expensive. That’s why you need every trick in the book to beat away credit card debt. Rather than leaving the house, take advantage of what you can find at home. Between the kitchen, a little creativity and some help from technology, you’ll be sure to stay busy for hours.
Take Some Time to Bake
Go through the cabinets, and take stock of what you already have to make some delicious treats! Baking is an easy way to get a few kids involved in the festivities for a while. There are even opportunities to learn or practice math with measuring and perhaps doubling recipes for extra treats. Keeping time could be another educational moment if you have younger helpers. Also, running the oven will keep the kitchen and house nice and toasty. It’s important as well to learn baking and cooking techniques when they don’t have you to help them!
Read Books, Magazines or Make Your Own
More free educational winter activities come from your home’s own literary collection. This could be in the form of books, magazines, newspapers- even crossword puzzles. Taking some time to sit down and read is a classic indoor activity. If you know a winter storm is approaching, head to the library before it drops to stock up on some new materials. The library can be a great tool to use in your debt management plan. Make your own stories and turn them into books for a twist.
Produce a Play or Puppet Show
Do you have some creative kiddos in your midst? A play or a puppet show performance could be just the trick on a snow day. Choose between an already existing show or encourage the kids to create their own script. Depending on age and interest, this might take them all day. Once the script is written, they will have to make costumes, sets, puppets and orchestrate any special effects or music, plus the performance itself.
Film a Movie As a Free Educational Winter Activity
Similarly, use those smart phones or home video cameras to record a short film. Just like the play or puppet show, the kids must create a script, storyboard, set design, props, etc. There is also editing and a final screening of the film at the end of the day. This activity teaches the use of technology, working as a team, writing, research and much more.
Hopefully, these activities will give you and the kiddos plenty to do without carrying any extra consumer debt.