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How to Enjoy a Warm Winter by a Pro (A Florida Kid)

This winter was a little bit of a let down for most of the country for a pretty simple reason: it’s been unseasonably warm!  However,  just because Jack Frost forgot to visit doesn’t mean you can’t have winter fun. Here’s how Floridians enjoy winter:

Pretend it’s snowing.

Two years ago we bought several bags of crushed ice from Sonic and made snowmen. It was a great way to enjoy the (non-existent) winter weather.

Enjoy a winter edition family fun night.

Make some hot chocolate,  stick a candy cane in each one and then play some of your family’s favorite games.

If you are lucky enough to live in Florida, go to the beach and build a sandman.

You can also make sand angels and do a polar plunge all at the same time.

Go on a nature hike.

Even though you may not have your “normal” winter weather, it is still cooler than it was in the summer. In Florida, that means there are no mosquitoes! Glory be! Enjoy the outdoors and observe birds migrating through your area that you don’t normally notice. You could take a field guide and identify birds, trees and plants (that makes it a homeschool science entry in your records!) or just relax.

Build a fort.

Maybe the weather won’t cooperate with a snow fort,  but that doesn’t mean you have to nix the idea. Build a pillow fort using the couch and large blankets/tablecloths.

Go skating!

In my experience, it is hard to ice skate without ice, so here’s an alternative. Put on socks and skate around the house. If you have tile you can double this as a chance to mop and play sponge hockey in any main living space. You will be the best parent ever!

Make snowflakes.

This is really easy. All you have to do is fold a piece of paper,  cut the corners, make random small incisions and then unfold. Wala! Instant snowflake.

Just because winter isn’t 32 degrees and snowing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this time of year. These simple tips and tricks will bring a lot of fun for you and your family. Take a moment out of your busy week, and spend some quality time with your little munchkins.


This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.


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We’re right in the middle of winter, and as a result, we’re indoors…a lot. Are there creative ways to make learning fun during this season and break up the mundane for ourselves? Let’s chat about that. Bring your creative juices, because this week we’ll explore fun ideas to incorporate in our learning.

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