Play, learn, and explore in January

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

It is January and that means fresh starts.  At our house turning the calendar always comes with a sigh of relief for me. We’ve made it another year, though thick and thin, for better or for worse, here we are together.  And now?  We get to hold hands and step forward into another year, together.

I love new beginnings and clean slates.  January at our house is quiet evenings, warming up by the fire, snow days,  steaming bowls of oatmeal and baking molasses cookies.  It is wool socks and snowsuits and cocoa by the mug.  It means making plans, new calendars, and ordering seed catalogs to feed the dreams of Spring gardens.  365 days of possibilities!  Isn’t that fantastic?

We’ve got a fun January planned for you at Coming this month we’ll be talking about goal setting and new beginnings.

Speaking of new beginnings, I’m also making some changes to how I run things here at the blog in 2013.  I had so much fun back in October during the Unplugged Play series when I was writing something for you almost every day, and so in the new year, one of the changes you’ll find at Simple Kids is that you’ll be hearing from me more often, nearly every day.

Are you looking for some ways to play, learn, and explore with your kids in January? I’ve rounded up a few ideas for you today.

Ways to play, learn, and explore in January

January’s flower is the carnation – wouldn’t a vase of happy carnations be lovely on your table this month?

The birth stone for January is Garnet. A garnet fun fact:  they come in every color except for blue.  If you and your kids are interested in gems, rocks, and minerals, it might be fun this month to head to your local library and pick up a copy of National Geographic Kids Everything Rocks and Minerals by Steve Tomecek.

Here are some fun January ideas for you and your kids:

“…time is the New Year’s bountiful blessing:  three hundred sixty-five bright mornings and starlit evenings; fifty-two promising weeks; twelve transformative months full of beautiful possibilities; and four splendid seasons.  A simply abundant year to be savored.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

How will you and your kids be playing, learning, and exploring this January?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Wow, Kara! What a great list of January activity links! We had a December family activity Advent countdown – and we all loved it – I’d like to continue with a few more planned activities in a similar way. You’ve given me a great starting point for January – which has been a bit of an idea-black-hole for me. (This January, so far, has been dedicated to playing Lego Lord of the Rings.) :)
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  2. I am always looking for fun activities for January. It is a very long and cold month where we live, and we all end up feeling a little weary by the end! So thanks for the suggestions!
    Heather´s latest post: I will make Emma a hat this week!

  3. We’re getting back into the swing of our routine. Which means books read more regularly and lots of time for snuggles and playing. I’m looking forward to it!
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  4. You have no idea how thrilled I was to see a link from Simple Kids!!! Thank you so much for including our calendar!!! It looks like you are enjoying the cold as much as we are enjoying the sunshine!!!
    se7en´s latest post: Se7en + 1′s January Calendar is Here…

  5. Happy New Year, Kara! Looking forward to hearing more from you this year. Your wonderful series inspired me to try my hand at my own this month, which I’m calling “31 Days of Backyard Nature Fun.” Hoping to inspire families to make getting outside with their kids a habit. Thank you so much for giving me the extra nudge I needed to give it a try!
    Debi´s latest post: Backyard Nature Fun – Day 2: Start a family adventure journal

  6. We just moved from snowy Ohio – to snowless Texas. And my kids (especially the oldest) are not happy about warm winters. So, we are having to be creative. We act like it’s cold outside even when it isn’t :)…drinking hot cocoa, wearing warm sweators – and then we walk outside and it’s…..75 degrees. So weird.

    I’ll be checking out some of the links! Thanks!

    Kate :)
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