Winter what-to-dos

Feeling winter break boredom setting in? WSS has 11 activities to occupy your 16 days of freedom.

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Zoey Guo

Finding fun things to do during the cold winter days can be hard, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

If you’ve found yourself especially bored while stuck inside during the cold and dreary weather, WSS has got you covered. Before you can officially be deemed bored, try everything on this list. Send us pictures of you completing the 11 tasks on Instagram (@wsspaper) or email us at westsidestorypaper@gmail.com, and we’ll deliver you a winter-themed prize.

Make hot chocolate. Don’t underestimate the power of this classic winter treat and its endless possibilities for delicious combinations. After coming inside from the cold, try making one of these fun recipes. Click here for the list.

Get crafty. Make some paper snowflakes to bring yourself back to those elementary school winter break parties we all loved. In case you forgot how to make them, here are some instructions.

Play the popular online game “Among Us.” Invite your friends to do so over Zoom for a great excuse to catch up. Everyone can mute themselves while playing and then unmute when attending the meetings. Make sure to turn your camera on for an added challenge, as it’s harder to lie when you’re all looking at each other.

Jam out. Put together a playlist with all your favorite songs for the winter season, or take the playlist quiz from our last issue. If you make your own, be sure to send WSS a link, we can’t wait to give it a listen.

Make some winter snacks or bake something. Need inspiration? Try these snowman pretzels, and get creative with decorating them.

Try your hand at making a bird feeder. Here’s a fun DIY one made with peanut butter, pine cones and bird seed. The birds will be grateful and excited to see your crafty creation!

Create a DIY project using things you already have. Here’s an awesome idea for some simple snow globes, the perfect seasonal decoration.

Hold a virtual streaming party with friends. Cozy up with snacks and a fuzzy blanket to watch some of your favorite winter movies and shows. Note: WSS is not responsible for any bickering that occurs while choosing which movie to watch. 

Write a thank you letter. As this year comes to an end, let the people in your life know how grateful you are for them by writing them a nice note. Drop it off at their house (contact free, of course), or mail it to them.

Build a pillow fort. Gather all the blankets and pillows you can find and start building your fortress! Add some extra pizazz with lights and more pillows on the inside to make it extra cozy.

Take care of yourself. It’s always important to practice self-care. Do a few of your favorite things that help you relax. Whether it’s lighting your favorite wintry candle, organizing your room or putting on your favorite show, don’t forget how important taking time for yourself is!