Fight the winter blues this year by taking some time out from your busy schedule to promote family bonding and well-being. At Tutor Doctor, we believe in holistic education that goes well beyond academics and the classroom. Winter is a treasure trove of learning opportunities and it’s also a great time for the family to cosy up indoors and share good times.
From exploring the great outdoors to enjoying a family film, let’s take a wintry walk through six family activities that promise warmth, wellness and great memories for the entire family.
Craft a Family Winter Journal
A winter journal is a great way to record your winter fun and magic moments. It could include poems, drawings, short stories, dried leaves and photos. This is an activity that fosters creativity and also serves as a memory keeper you’ll all love looking back on over the years. Why not pack away your completed winter journal along with the Christmas decorations? You’ll forget about it all year and be delighted to discover it again.
Indoor Yoga and Mindfulness
Yoga isn’t just a summer activity, so create some room and transform your living room into a calming yoga space. There’s no need to worry about mastering a headstand just yet, or at all! There are plenty of simple poses all the family can try. Yoga is a great way to focus the mind and stretch out the body. It teaches kids to be present and helps adults relax and release stress.
Winter Recipe Hunt and Cook-off
Winter and comfort food go hand in hand. Challenge your family to find some delicious winter warmers to enjoy around the table together. Pick a recipe, shop for the ingredients together, and set a day where you prepare and cook the dish as a family. This is a wonderful way for families to learn and bond. Also, look out for seasonal produce where possible and teach your children where each ingredient comes from.
Nature Walks and Winter Spotting
In a previous blog, we explored the enjoyment and learning opportunities an autumn scavenger hunt can bring. Well, winter is also full of things to spot. So, get everybody dressed in their winter wear and put together a checklist of winter-specific things to look out for. From winter birds and frost patterns to the first Christmas decorations, there’s so much to see on a winter stroll.
Winter Movie Nights
Cold winter nights are perfect for snuggling up under a blanket with some snacks and a good movie. From Disney’s Frozen to Christmas movies, there are many winter films that capture the spirit of the season. One of our favourites is ‘Narnia - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’, a classic that just gets better with every watch.
DIY Winter Spa Day
Winter can wreak havoc on the skin, causing dryness and irritation, even for young complexions. Why not organise a family DIY spa day? Make natural masks using kitchen ingredients, let the kids give the adults a manicure, and make it all about relaxation.
Winter is brimming with opportunities for family growth and well-being. These activities aren’t just fun but also invaluable in teaching children important life skills like self-care, mindfulness and gratitude.
Warm Up This Winter With Tutor Doctor’s Holistic Approach
At Tutor Doctor, we champion learning that extends beyond the classroom. If you’re curious about our personalised approach to tutoring and how it can tie in with life skills, we’d love to tell you more. Find a local tutor
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