Happy New Year, my friends! Lets do what we can to get 2013 started in a fun, organized, and fresh way by checking out what the experts are doingand you know those experts are other parents and teachers out there, right? Ive been all about Pinterest lately, and I invite you to join me. Though it may be intimidating at first, its easy and fun once you get the hang of it. And youll find a boatload of cool ideas over there. Pinterest is essentially a virtual pinboardyou can pin your favorite ideas and photos with the click of a button. Its super for storing ideas, finding ideas, and sharing ideas. A quick shout out to some of my fave Pinterest pals landed all of these cool ideas for ringing in New Years, organizing home and family, and celebrating winter with activities and crafts for kids. Check out the boards, follow them, and lets make 2013 a year to remember! Heres the skinny. . . Fab Ideas for New Years, Organization, & Winter Family Fun: Here are some great boards for New Years Ideas: New Years Eve, by Red Ted Art new years, by me Kids New Years Activities, by Deb of Living Montessori Now New Years For Kids, by Mama Smiles, Joyful Parenting Lets start the New Year organized! Check out these amazing boards: Organization, by MaryLea Harris of Pink and Green Mama Organization & Preparation, by Deb of Living Montessori Now clever home organization ideas, by Carolyn Wilhelm of Wise Owl Factory Some more amazing organization boards: Playroom, by Allie McDonald of No Time For Flashcards Get Organized, by Jean Vant Hul of the Artful Parent Keeping House, by MaryLea Harris of Pink and Green Mama Take a look at these fab boards filled with wintertime activities and ideas: Wonderful Winter, by Growing a Jeweled Rose Winter, by Carrots are Orange Winter Fun, by Jacquie of KC Edventures with Kids Snow People (song), or Snowy Owl (song), by Debbie Clement More winter-pinterest board awesomeness: Winter Projects to Make and Do, by The Educators Spin on It Kids Winter Activities, by Deb @ Living Montessori Now Winter Activities and Crafts, by Mama Smiles And if the winter pinterest boards arent enough, check out these boards for any time of the year, cool kid-fun: Fun for School Aged Kids, by Allie of No Time for Flashcards cool & creative indoor fun, a collaborative board started by me but filled with tons of people much cooler than I neat-o, fun NEW things for us to try, both by me with the help of some friends Remember, though its important for families to enjoy time together, doing fun activities and cool things together, down time is an absolute must. And I admit that I often fall into the Pinterest trap of getting caught up in all of these crafts, printables, ideas, and games, thinking that 100% of our family time must be spent engaged in absolutely awesome, incredible, and memorable activities. But it doesnt. I do have to remind myself that especially with school-aged kids, down-timetotally unstructured, free-bird, open play timeis a necessity. The Joys of Doing Nothing, by Margery D. Rosen, really spoke to me. Its true: Leading a frenetic life is not inevitable or enviable. And parenting is not a competitive sport. But most importantly, to me, was the part about being a role model: You are your childs best teacher. If she sees that you value unstructured time, she will, too. The world is a rich learning environment, without all the frills, says Hirsh-Pasek. Carve out time to turn off your cell phone, stop checking your e-mail, and just hang out, without lamenting that you should be doing something instead of wasting time. I love it. Lets go. Please leave the url below for your favorite boardsringing in the New Year, organizing house and family, or wintertime activities. Id love to find more awesome boards to follow! I plan to do a round-up of the best boards for unstructured, free play, down-time, and free play spaces in January. Please leave the url of those boards, and Ill add them to the post! fyi: This blog post is part of an incentivized online influencer network for Moms Homeroom. Moms Homeroom is brought to you by Frosted Mini-Wheats. The post fab ideas for new years, organization and winter family fun appeared first on teach mama.