Activities for Teens to Avoid the “Winter Blues”
Summer is an easy time for teens to get out and do fun things together because the weather is so great. But when it comes to winter, it’s just not that easy. The days are shorter. Depression can settle in easily when there is less light. It’s sometimes just easier to stay inside rather than head out into the cold.
You can help your teen get out of those “Winter Blues” by suggesting the following ideas:
Parties – Winter Wonderland Theme
Parties are the easiest thing to do to get out of the winter doldrums. You can throw a party for anything you can think of and the teens are up for. Plan a party with a theme.This party can take many different avenues; just pick the one you like best.
The décor should fit the theme nicely. White balloons, streamers, confetti, and paper goods would work nice. Add a pop of color by adding blue snowflakes, icicles, or goodies. Be sure to string white or blue lights around the room for an added touch.
Now, here’s where you can go several different ways. The food can drive your theme.
- If you just want a fun, casual theme, have a hot chocolate bar with mini marshmallows, candy canes, whipped cream, etc.
- You could do a snowman theme by having melting snowman cookies, a marshmallow and white chocolate fondue fountain, white cupcakes, etc.
- You could do a “Baby It’s Cold Outside” theme and serve warm foods like chili, baked potatoes, and a “hot” dessert. Have everyone sit by the fireplace, if you have one.
What types of things are there to do at a Winter Wonderland Party?
- Make, bake, and decorate cookies.
- Have a snowman building contest if you have snow. If you don’t have snow, you can use items found around the house and be creative when making a “snowless” snowman.
- Have props for a winter photo booth and take goofy pictures.
- Provide the items needed to make gingerbread houses.
- Have a Christmas movie marathon.
Winter Bucket List
Have your teen and her friends sit down and come up with a Winter Bucket list of things to do. Here are some ideas for the list:
- Have a Christmas music dance party.
- Volunteer to help somewhere. Think of creative ways you can help people during this time of year, and just do it.
- Go ice skating either indoors or outdoors.
- Have a snowball fight.
- Go on a nature walk either in the day or at night.
- Help decorate the house.
- Go to a sledding hill if you have one nearby.
- If you have snow, play snow football.
There are tons of ideas for winter scavenger hunts. You could even have the teenagers come up with one of their own. Divide into teams if you have enough people. Have the team come up with 20-30 ideas of winter things to hunt for, and then have the teams trade lists. They take pictures of their finds for proof.
Have a teen indoor game night.
- Pull out the old board games.
- Play Minute to Win It games.
- Have the teens try their “hand” at group card games.
Outdoor Snow Game
These games are for any age group, but teens will get a kick out them too.
Random Acts of Kindness
Thinking about and helping others is a great way to get rid of the “blues.”
- Shovel neighbor’s sidewalks for free. Make teams and divide and conquer.
- Get a roll or two of quarters and go around school or the hospital and tape quarters on the vending machines.
- Head to the Dollar store and put dollar bills tucked in the toy section or throughout the store.
- Give a cup of hot chocolate or coffee to a bell ringer who’s standing in the cold.
- Propose your teen to visit local children’s community. Remember to take a comfortable baby carrier, some sweets/clothes with you. This visit can become an essential lesson for your child from which he/she will learn that being a merciful person with kind heart is a must.
- Pack up Operation Christmas Child boxes to send across the world.
Do Something for the Community
- Check out dosomething.org for ideas
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter.
- Search volunteer opportunities at Volunteermatch.org
Finding activities to keep your teen busy during the winter is the best cure for those “Wintertime Blues.” What are some other ideas you’d like to try?