Winter is a season that is well-loved, but adoration for winter seems to wax cold in January and February.

To help stave off the winter doldrums, here are some great winter boredom busters! You’ll find ideas for tackling those long hours indoors as well as some enticing reasons to bundle up and head outside!


Have a snowflake cutting party! Grab scissors, paper, and make the snow fly. You can create a garland, hang the snowflakes individually by strings or tape them to the window. Get some great tips and patterns here.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Soup kitchens get a lot of volunteers around the holidays, but volunteerism wanes as Christmas comes to a close. Check out these helpful tips for getting started and for finding a location.

Make some origami animals. Super cute, with projects for all skill levels. For an origami how-to, check here.

Make a scrapbook or digital photo book. The start of a new year is a great time to review the previous year and preserve the memories!

Play a new game! Small children may enjoy Glacier Jump: Toss a bunch of pillows on the floor. Each player must jump from “glacier” to “glacier”without falling in the “water.” If you fall, you’re out. With each round, move the pillows farther apart until everyone is sunk.


Try some snow art. Fill up spray bottles with water and a few drops of food coloring and let your little Picasso loose outside to create art. Kids love this activity and it’s cheap!

Build a winter bonfire. Roast hot dogs or make S’mores. Bring warm blankets and thermoses filled with hot chocolate for a winter-time picnic.

Buy a snow-block maker. Check out different models, like this one, and build an igloo or snow fort and have a snowball battle.