When chilly temps mean more time spent indoors, that complaint might sound familiar. In celebration of the Global Month of Play, check out these five brain-boosting, boredom-busting activities from Nat Geo Family—then check out a few more.
—By Laura Goertzel
Cooking teaches kids about measuring and following directions, plus it might even encourage picky eaters to try new foods. This boredom-busting recipe for pears poached with cranberry juice will warm up the family on a chilly night. For more indoor—and outdoor—activities, check out the Real Play Coalition, founded by National Geographic, Unilever, the LEGO Foundation, and Ikea.