December can be a tough month for kids. The days are shorter, the weather is colder and wetter, and there is often a sense of dullness caused by spending increased time indoors.
It is more important than ever during this month to encourage kids to stay active and engaged, but ideally without resorting to screens all the time. Instead of allowing them to just sit in front of the TV or handing them a tablet, try to come up with some fun non-screen activities that they can enjoy.
Here at JCB Explore we are promoters of outdoor activity. We are aware that it can be tempting to spend more time indoors with screens for entertainment during autumn and winter months. However, there are many benefits to outdoor play. Spending time in nature can help to reduce stress and promote creativity. With that in mind, here are some ideas for non-screen activities that the whole family can enjoy this autumn.
Explore your local area
One great way to spend some quality time with your kids is to get outside and go for a walk in the park or in the woods. If you live in an urban area, seek out parks or green spaces where you can take in some fresh air and get some exercise.
Kids will love exploring new surroundings, and you may even spot some birds or other wildlife along the way.
Another active option is to go for a bike ride or a hike. Depending on your location, you may be able to find some pretty leaves or berries to collect along the way.
If it’s too chilly for outdoor activities, take a trip to the local playground or swimming pool instead.
Organise indoor scavenger hunt
One way to break up the monotony of a rainy day is to hold an indoor scavenger hunt.
Scavenger hunts are a great way to get kids moving and exploring their environment. They also promote cooperation and problem-solving skills as kids work together to find the hidden items.
So next time the rain is pouring down, consider organising an indoor scavenger hunt to help pass the time.
Encourage sensory activities
A rainy day can be a great opportunity to stay indoors and engage in some simple sensory activities. Here at JCB Explore, we have plenty of options for you to choose from. Colouring sheets, puzzles, word searches, and card games can all help to break up the monotony of a rainy day and keep kids entertained. With a wide variety of activities, we hope that you will find something that interests you and helps you to pass the time. Maybe try making a DIY sensory bin? So next time there is a rainy day, be sure to check out our website for some great ideas.
Do some arts & crafts
Arts and crafts can be a great way to keep kids engaged during the autumn and winter months. Not only do arts and crafts provide a creative outlet, but they can also help kids to develop fine motor skills and learn about colours, shapes, and patterns. Additionally, arts and crafts can be used to create personalised gifts for friends and family members.
With so many benefits, it’s no wonder that they are a popular choice for parents looking for ways to occupy their kids during the cooler months. Want some ideas? Check our arts and crafts activities ideas here.
As you can see, there are countless ways to enjoy the season while making lasting memories with your family. So go ahead and turn off the television, put down the tablet, and get stuck into the creative, screen-free activities for some fun this winter!