There's only so much time that can be spent out in the snow before your kids are cold, wet, and miserable.
That doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of money to make them happy. There are so many frugal winter activities that your kids are going to love.
Whether it's playing board games or making homemade hot chocolate on a spoon, your kids will have fun.
Play Board Games
Playing board games with your kids is a great way to spend a cold winter's day.
There are so many great board games out there and you can always find games at thrift stores. The best part is that most games are educational in that they help kids practice reading, math, and strategy skills.
Puzzles are another great option. Keep increasing the number of pieces to challenge your children throughout the winter months.
My teenage boys just put together this Harry Potter 3D Puzzle during our snowstorm in Texas. It was a great activity for them to do together (and a bonus because it didn't involve electronics!).
Have a Movie Marathon
While your kids may be begging to go to the movies, why not have a movie marathon at home?
Choose a theme and let your kids pick out movies from their collection and find movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. You can also make snacks or meals that match the theme and have fun all day long.
Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. On the days that it's too cold to venture outdoors, make sure your kids have a large selection of books to choose from.
Make Hot Chocolate on a Spoon
This is so much fun and a treat that can be enjoyed long after its made. All you need is a large silicone ice cube tray, milk chocolate chips, small wooden spoons, and toppings (crushed peppermint, mini marshmallows, caramel, etc).
Melt the chocolate and pour into the ice cube tray. Sprinkle on the toppings and then add the wooden spoons. Allow the chocolate to set until hardened and remove from the tray.
To enjoy, heat up hot milk and pour into a mug. Add your hot chocolate on a stick and allow it to set for 90 seconds. Stir until completely melted and enjoy. Store any unused portions in an airtight container.
Winter doesn't have to be boring or expensive. There are so many frugal winter activities to choose from. What's your favorite way to spend a cold winter's day?