Winter blues got you down? Sometimes that chilly weather can really put a damper on things. You end up staying in, which can be a treat at first. But after a few weeks of frigid weather, that pesky winter boredom will start to creep in. How can you have fun in the winter without freezing? Use these cheap winter boredom busters to make even the coldest months some of the most fun.
Build Your Own Board Games
When winter hits, most of us go through the board games in our closet pretty quickly. After that, the novelty starts to wear off a bit. But to bust though that boredom, consider making your own game. Cut up old shoeboxes, colorful construction paper and other items around the house to make the board and the pieces. Use markers to decorate the board and write down the rules of the game. It helps to think of a theme or a story to jumpstart the board game brainstorming.
This same technique can be used to make your own homemade puzzles. For a super fast and simple option, use the front of a cereal box. Cut it up with pieces and put them back together again. If you want to get a little craftier, print off a photo and glue it to the cardboard before making cuts. Then you’ll have a custom puzzle for photos of your family, your pets, your house or anything else you have a snapshot of.
Have a Talent Show
How many nights this week did your family stare at another show or movie on the TV? Do you spend more time looking at your phone than at each other? These pitfalls are even more tempting in the winter when we’re stuck inside and looking for something to keep us entertained. But rather than popping in yet another DVD, why not make your own entertainment? A family talent show is one of the best ways to make a dreary winter evening full of light and laughter.
Start by setting the stage – literally. Create a special space to showcase everyone’s talents. It can be as simple as the space in front of the fireplace, but the effect will be much greater if you take a little time to decorate. Use sheets to make a curtain and hang some mini-lights in the background. You can even use a lamp to shine a spotlight on the stage.
Now you’re ready for the show to begin. Think of a theme, like a karaoke contest or a dance competition. You can also keep things light by judging who has the best jokes or seeing who can blow the biggest bubble with their gum. Encourage creativity by having participants wear silly costumes or find props around the house.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
In the winter, we spend so much time indoors that we stop even noticing what’s right in front of our eyes. This makes it the perfect opportunity to have a thrilling scavenger hunt right in your very own home. For little ones, the game can be as simple as finding everyday objects around the house. But to keep older kids and adults engaged, try something a little more challenging, whether it’s digging up old family photos or searching for a rarely used kitchen utensil.
There are other ways you can spice up your scavenger hunt to make it even more fun, including:
- Use riddles or clues that participants need to solve before they can go find the object in question.
- Have a scavenger hunt where, instead of finding specific items, the hunters have to fulfill certain categories of what to find, like “your favorite book,” “a photo of you as a baby” or “something purple from your room.”
- Go outside to find things around your yard or your neighborhood. Have participants look for anything from pinecones and leaves to a house with black shutters or a mailbox with the flag up.
Learn a New Craft or Hobby
There’s nothing to get your spirits up quite like learning something new. You might think you can’t master a new skill, but think of all that time you have to kill in the winter – it’s the perfect time to get creative. Tons of helpful tutorials can be found for free online, and a little planning can help you keep the costs to a minimum. Plus, once you master the basics, you won’t be able to wait for your next chance to work on your new hobby.
So what new thing should you work on learning this winter? Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
- Knitting, sewing or crocheting
- Cooking or baking
- At-home beer brewing
- Soap making
- Painting or drawing
- Singing or playing an instrument
- Collecting (stamps, coins, etc.)
- Learning a new language
- Billiards, bowling or another indoor sport
While there’s nothing wrong with some good old down time in the winter, don’t let being cooped up keep you from having fun. Use these tips and tricks to make the most of a dark and chilly time of the year.