Restful Activities // January
"January is like an empty bowl; you have to fill it with candy yourself."
—Addie, age 11
January is a blank slate, scraped clean of the excess from the holidays and snuggly settled in for winter hibernation. It's a time for quiet and rest, wool blankets and crackling fires, warm bellies and busy hands.
We enjoyed our after-school activities in December so much, that I decided to keep the tradition going. Feeling snug in our home can easily turn into cabin fever without a plan for how to spend our time, particularly in the afternoon. With a list of ideas up my sleeve, I hope to provide a soft place for my kids (and me!) to land in the difficult afternoon hours of winter. Here's what I came up with for January. Good luck this month!
- Visit Cafe Equinox for cinnamon tea and hot chocolate
- Drive through Starbucks for a warm drink
- Have a warm foot soak with epsom salts and citrus essential oils
- Read wintery picture books on the couch under a big blanket
- Offer the Lore Pemberton coloring pages
- Have a puzzle going at the dining table
- Make a wintery display in our nature spot
- Hang paper snowflakes in the windows
- Read wintery poems with herbal tea and cake
- Go to French Market for a creme brulee
- Build with baby marshmallows and toothpicks
- Display bulb flowers like paper whites, amaryllis, or crocus
- Work together on a snowflake chalkboard drawing
- Offer white play dough with a snowman cookie cutter
- Make a dining table display with white candles and a brass garland
- Roll out a giant sheet of paper and doodle with blue, white, and yellow crayons
- Make a list of our favorite things
- Meditate with candles and soft music
- Roll beeswax candles
- Make birdseed pinecones for the birds
- String popcorn onto a string to make a garland for the birds
- Read Night Tree by Eve Bunting and decorate the evergreen tree for the birds and squirrels
- Spend the afternoon browsing your favorite bookstore
- Go to Bing Box for bubble tea
- Have an outdoor fire with hot chocolate
Looking for more wintertime inspiration?
Find my favorite picture books to read in January here,
a reminder of what you may find at the farmers market this time of year here,
and some seasonal dinner ideas here.