10 ways to brighten up your January
Unsure how to survive the most depressing month of the year? We've rounded up things to do with your kids to banish those blues and say goodbye to Blue Monday too
Are you suffering from the post-holiday blues? Kids too? We know that January isn't the most exciting month of the year - your bank balance has taken a battering and the kids are less than impressed with going back to school - so we've put together a list of 10 fun-filled activities to put a smile back on you and your little ones faces.
Recycle your Christmas cards
Wander no further than the recycling bin for this crafty project, cutting up old cards into gift labels ready for next Christmas. Add glitter and invest in a cheap packet of children’s craft scissors to get those nice wiggly edges – just don’t forget to let the children have a go too.
Spot wildlife in England
You might be no David Attenborough when it comes to knowing a newt from a tadpole, but that doesn't mean you can't show your kids nature.
There’s more than just miles of sand at Formby on Merseyside, there’s also a red squirrel trail, and Neolithic footprints have been found. Down south, West Wittering beach in West Sussex is a haven for water birds, and the café stays open in winter - bonus.
Get stuck into a good book
Christmas may be out of the way but we can't say the same for the cold weather. Why not stay in and cosy up with your little one and a magical, snowy tale chosen from our top 5 winter stories for kids.
Whip up some delish pancakes
Get some practice in before Shrove Tuesday by whipping up a batch of banana pancakes with cherry 'nice' cream. This pancake recipe is is not only healthy but flourless too - perfect for tots with intolerance and guilt-free snacking. Plus, your little one will be thoroughly entertained at all those failed attempts to flip the pancakes!
Turn a bathroom into a playzone
Whingy, fractious, tired – and that’s just you. Reboot bathtime to funtime – it is nearly wine o’clock! Make a Splish Splash playlist, and invest in lovely bubble bath plus cute hooded towels to tempt them out of the water – cuddledry has cows, giraffes, bunnies and dragons.
Try out a new club
If you’re going stir-crazy, sign up to a new club. Your little one gets to try something new and you can have conversations with local mums – even if they are peppered with, ‘Holly! Please stop chewing Lewis’s shoe!’
Watch a movie
If you're looking to instantly lift the mood we strongly suggest putting on a feel-good movie. Go on, download a Disney classic such as The Lion King or The Jungle Book. Nothing beats snuggling up in front of a movie on a dismal day. Don’t feel guilty about it, go all out.
Sow some seeds and sit tight
Encourage little green fingers and get a gardening project going on. Cress and sunflowers grow fast, or how about Project Maya’s eco line of wildflower seedballs?
Get on-trend and learn to crochet
What is it about having a baby that makes a girl start cooing over crochet booties? For those who can, Vita Apala’s Super Cute Crochet For Little Feet is the book for you. And for those who can’t, well, perhaps it isn’t.
Find a corner, make a den!
There’s nothing more exciting than a secret indoor hideaway, so why not create an amazing space for your little tyke? You’d be surprised at what you can create with a bed sheet and a couple of chairs.
Buy a fold-away den - this one's from MOOD - so tots can get an instant camping vibe without dismantling your entire sitting room. Grab a few toys, chuck in a cushion, chill!