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It’s the time of year when the days are rainy, icy, snowy or just plain gray. That’s the best time of year to pick up a new hobby or remember how enjoyable an old hobby collection can be. Whether you’re a stay at home mom with little babies and toddlers or a retiree enjoying the long quiet days with no kids around, everyone goes a little stir crazy this time of year. Here are some hobbies for the cold days to get you motivated without spending a fortune.

Hobbies for the Cold Days

For Kids:

Break out the recycle box and grab a few stuffed animals. Every child loves to tear down a tower so have the kids build their own real life Angry Birds game. Rules are very simple. You build a tower and place a few stuffed animals on the tower. Then give each child 3 or 4 chances to break the tower using small animal friends.

Use the recycle boxes to build a House of Cards. Spaghetti or macaroni boxes would work perfect; but feel free to use odd size boxes. See how high it can get before it crashes.

Have a flashlight animal safari. (This is a great option if the power goes out as well.) Hide stuffed animals (or plastic toys) around the house. Then give each child a flashlight and let the safari begin.

Crochet with something new:

Rethink your days of crocheting. If you don’t have the time or desire to crochet a full size afghan, then do a youtube search and teach yourself how to make a hat. You can donate them to the Salvation Army or make them for your granddaughter’s dolls. But why stick to crocheting with yarn? Pull out your plastic grocery bags and hop over to Hobbies on a Budget where you can learn to make PLARN. Plarn makes great beach bags, Easter baskets or mats.

Maybe you want to crochet a rag rug out of old shirts or sheets? There are tutorials all over the internet to get you started.

Search YouTube:

If you just want to get motivated to try something new, check out youtube. You can find tutorials for everything from sewing, home improvement projects, how to play a musical instrument or how to start an indoor winter garden.

Spring Clean Early:

It’s always easier to clean when you have less stuff. When the days are too cold to be outside in the yard, that’s the perfect time to do some de-cluttering and cleaning. Grab some plastic bags and start separating out your trash from your treasure.

Plan your next road trip:

Now is a great time to think about your next vacation, especially if you are one of those people who usually just go to the same place each year. But before you head to a new area, it’s a great idea to find out what real people thought of each area. Vacation Ideas: State by State is a growing resource of real people who have been to hotels, state parks, amusement parks, roadside attractions and museums. When travelers share their experiences, it makes it easier to know how to plan your vacation. There are currently over 500 vacation ideas listed by city and state on
Hobbies on a Budget. You can even see the locations marked on a Google map. That way if you are near one of the attractions, you can check out what else is in the area worth visiting.

Clean your Garden Tools:

Spend some time getting your garden tools in working order so you’ll be ready for the spring. Some tools need to be oiled, wiped down or cleaned off to keep them ready for the next season.
What hobbies do you most enjoy during the winter months? I’d love to hear your ideas!

This article was posted in the Accent section of the Advocate Messenger on January 20, 2013.

The beautiful picture of the ice on the trees was taken by my friend Kayelynn! Isn’t it gorgeous? Thanks for sharing it with us Kayelynn!

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!

 
 

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