By Liza Honsberger
The Children’s Tree Montessori School • Old Saybrook, CT

With the first snowfall of the season upon us, it might be more difficult for kids to be spending time outside since the temperature is dropping and the daylight is dwindling. However, it is still just as important for kids to be getting their activity time in, whether it is to just get that energy out before bed or to spend quality time with their families. 

If your child is a snow bunny like I was (and still am), it might be easier for you to just send them outside to build a snow fort or a snowman. I know this is not the case for everyone though, and finding exciting things to do inside is just as important in the winter months. Although sometimes the cold might mean that they just want to sit inside in front of the tv, there are plenty of energy exerting activities that can be done inside as well. 

Instead of turning the tv on and playing a show or movie, try turning on some music and encouraging a dance party, or if there is a play date going on, a game of musical chairs! I know that not all kids will be into music and dancing so there are plenty of other options for them too. These activities can include anything from baking, to drawing or painting, to even just an old fashioned pillow fort.  

It can be very easy to get caught up in work and running errands and everything else that life throws at your family, but spending quality time together should not be put on the back burner. Sometimes it can be difficult to think of activities to accommodate the colder months that are family friendly, and can get you, the parents, involved as well. However, there are plenty of things that can get everyone out of the house. Bowling, ice skating, going to see a movie, or even just driving by some holiday lights can create great memories. 

If you and your kids would rather spend family time indoors, as I’m sure is the case for many people, there are plenty of things that can get everyone involved. Something as simple as a movie marathon with some popcorn and snacks or playing the family’s favorite board games are some great options for not letting quality time slip through the cracks. 

Try to enjoy the snow and stay safe!


The Children’s Tree Montessori School is a private school located in Old Saybrook, CT. The Children’s Tree Montessori School has classrooms for toddlers, preschool, and elementary school.