It’s often hard enough to put down their electronic gadgets and out into the fresh air at the best of times, but when winter comes around and the temperatures drop, getting them off the sofa can be even more challenging. However, there are plenty of fun outdoor activities that you can do as a family now that the cold season is here, so here are some of the top ideas to get your and your kids out in the great outdoors this winter.
Go On A Treasure Hunt
Your kids are sure to love going on a treasure hunt, even if it’s just to their local town. Some places have online treasure trails which you can download to your smartphone or print out, but you can make your own just as easily. Simply take photos of buildings and landmarks near where you live and head out with the kids to find the locations. You can make it easy for the little ones or harder for older kids. It’s a great way to foster co-operation between siblings and you can earn yourselves a reward of your choice at the end of the day.
Have A Winter Picnic
Most people think that picnics are purely a summertime activity, but actually it can be good fun to eat outdoors in the winter too. Dress appropriately for the weather and pack some tasty warming treats such as soup and hot chocolate with marshmallows. Even better, you won’t have to battle with other families for the best picnic spots!
Have A Snow Day
Who doesn’t love getting out in the snow and playing with the white stuff? Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there’s nothing more fun than making snow angels, having a snowball fight or building an igloo together. If you’re lucky enough to have snow in the winter where you live, you could try ice skating or sledding on the hills, and who doesn’t enjoy making a snowman? Even better, why not try painting the snow in your back yard? Simply add food coloring and water to a spray bottle and then head outdoors to paint your own colorful snow pictures!
Take A Family Nature Walk
Just because the weather isn’t as warm as it was in summer doesn’t mean that you can’t go and explore the beauty of nature. Put on a hat, scarf and gloves and go out on the hunt for pine cones, look for birds’ nests in the trees and, if there’s snow on the ground, see if you can see some animal tracks.
Take An Evening Walk
One way to encourage your kids to join you on a walk is to take a stroll around your neighborhood to spot holiday lights. Make it your mission to find the best dressed house, or count how many houses you can see with snowmen in the garden – it’s easy to think up educational activities to turn your walk into a fun way of learning.
Birdwatching can be just as much fun in the winter as it is in the summer, and you can attract them to your garden by making some homemade bird feeders from peanut butter, pine cones and bird seed. Hang them around your outdoor space and then keep an eye out for the different varieties of birds which come to enjoy the tasty treats. Why not try photographing them or drawing pictures to display later?
Make Winter an even more fun time for the whole family by trying some of these exciting ideas, and make the most of this time of year.
By Zunammie Keren
Taken from the January 2018 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!