Have you ever heard that saying, “there’s no such thing as bad weather?” Glancing out of the window at this time of year you might be inclined to disagree! But if you wrap up warm and stay waterproof, you’ll be surprised at just how much fun you can have with your kids in the great outdoors, even in the middle of winter. Physical activity is really important, so here are some great winter children’s activities that everyone will enjoy, to help keep them active outside all year round.
If you’ve woken up to a cold and frosty morning, make the most of the icy wonderland outside your door. Children of all ages will enjoy discovering just how different their familiar surroundings can become when the temperature falls below freezing.
- Ice bubbles. Take an ordinary bottle of bubble mixture outside on a freezing cold day and watch as the bubbles turn to ice before your eyes. Watch to see what happens next!
- Bounce or splash? If there’s a lake or pond nearby, throw sticks into the water. Will they make a splash… or bounce on the ice? (You can try this with puddles, too).
- Crunchy underfoot. Take a walk on some frosty grass and enjoy the crunchy sensation underfoot.
- Winter scrapes. Work up a bit of warmth before your journey by getting the kids to help you scrape the ice off the car. You may need something for them to stand on to reach the windows, but they’ll love being involved – and you’ll get the job finished more quickly!
Also check out these ideas for playing with ice from our Puddleducks nursery Facebook page.
Light and dark
One of the frustrating aspects of the winter months is just how early it gets dark. But if you want to eke out another hour’s outdoor play there’s plenty of shadowy fun to be had as the sun goes down.
- Torch walking. Bring torches and set out for a walk in the twilight. Let your child hold their own torch and shine it around to reveal what’s hiding in the shadows.
- Torch tag. Great to play in the garden or park, torch tag is just like traditional tag. One person is ‘it’ and has to catch the others! The only difference is, they do so by shining the torch onto their friends.
- Stargazing. What can you see in the night skies? Look for the moon, stars and maybe even Venus or Mars.
Whether you like it or not, if you have young children you’ll probably be forced out of the door to play with them in the snow! If you get sick of snowballs, sledding and snowmen, here’s some more winter fun for children to enjoy in the snow.
- Snow shovelling. Most kids love to get busy with a shovel! Get them to help you shovel snow from your path, or from the pavement outside your house. They’ll get a great workout and will enjoy doing a grown up job.
- Snowcastles. It’s the wrong time of year for a bucket and spade… or is it? Dig out a bucket and spade and any other sand toys you can find. Does snow behave in the same way as sand?
- Detective work. Who’s been walking in the snow? Look out for footprints and animal trails to discover who got there before you!
Staying active and happy
When it’s cold outside, it can be really tempting just to huddle indoors with the kids or drive to the nearest soft play. We hope these fun, exciting and FREE winter children’s activities can help to change your mind!
And when they’re in nursery, you can rely on us to keep your kids active and happy outdoors, because whatever the weather, we’re all about physical activity. At our Winnersh nursery we’ve just built a fantastic outdoor canopy to facilitate outdoor play. There’s a new garden for 2 and 3 year olds at Felcott Road – and check out our fabulous large garden at Ripley.