What a winter it has been! I can’t remember the last time we had so much snow and unlike other years, it hasn’t melted off in a day or two. The snow has stayed on the ground for weeks. I shouldn’t complain though, because the west is desperately in need of the moisture to fill the empty watersheds. So, let’s give thanks and make the most of it with some fun winter activities.
Having fun with kids in the winter, even when it’s cold, is important for several reasons. First, it helps to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Winter can be a time when kids are tempted to stay indoors and be sedentary, which can negatively impact their physical and mental health. Engaging in fun winter activities with kids encourages them to stay active, burn calories, and develop healthy habits.
Second, having fun with kids in the winter helps to combat the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Like adults, kids can experience feelings of sadness and depression during the colder months. Participating in outdoor activities and spending time in nature can help to boost their mood, reduce stress, and increase their overall happiness.
Third, having fun with kids in the winter provides a unique opportunity to bond and create lasting memories. Winter activities, such as sledding, building snowmen, and ice skating, can be a lot of fun for both kids and adults. Engaging in these activities together can create special memories and strengthen relationships between parents and children.
Fourth, having fun with kids in the winter provides opportunities for learning and exploration. Outdoor winter activities can help kids learn about the natural world and the changes that occur during the colder months. They can observe the changing landscape, study animal behavior, and learn about the science behind snow and ice.
Winter can be a magical time of year, especially when it comes to outdoor activities with kids. From building snowmen to sledding, there are so many fun things to do in the snow. With a little creativity and imagination, you can turn a snowy day into an unforgettable adventure.
Here are some fantastic ideas to keep your kiddos happy and active during these chilly winter months and we’ll all be saying “Hurray for winter!”
1-Who says that learning can’t be fun too—especially when you’re making ice balloons? Try this fun experiment and discover how water reacts in different frozen environments. Eating Richly shares the science behind this colorful activity.
2-Here’s a BRILLIANT idea for your toddlers from Simple Fun for Kids. Bury some glow sticks in the snow. What’s better than a winter treasure hunt?
3-Everyone loves the fizzy eruption of a homemade volcano. It’s even more fun to build a snow volcano. Just a few ingredients from the kitchen, a little science, and your backyard will be filled with colorful eruptions. Messy Little Monster shares the recipe.
4-That big field of snow at the park is a perfect place for a snow maze! It’s actually harder than it looks…but will provide hours of fun for designing, creative kids. Life With Moore Babies suggested this activity for tromping through the snow.
5-Why not think outside the box and build an upside down snowman? This wild idea came from Princess Pink Girl. The neighbors will be giggling behind their blinds and the mailman will stop and take photos. You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood with a charming addition to your front yard.
6-Teens will love building a snow fort or frozen hideaway. For some essential tips on how to make it monumental check out the link here from Backyard Boss.
7-Making Maple Syrup Candy in the snow will get everyone outside for this delicious treat. Not complicated, just yummy! The instructions were shared by Little Bins for Little Hands.
8-Play Freeze Tag in the snow. The simple instructions for this take on a classic lively game can be found here. It’s perfect for all ages. Thanks to Premeditated Leftovers for the idea.
9-Learn to play Fox and Geese. This is the perfect game to use up lots of energy after being cooped up inside during those winter days. The instructions are clear and easy to follow from Family Reunion Helper.
10-My favorite winter activity of all is snow tubing! There is absolutely nothing better than skimming down a hill of shimmering snow with a crisp wind in your face at top speed. It’s a fantastic activity for those who don’t ski, but still want to hit the slopes. Everything you need to know about technique and equipment for a fabulous experience can be found at How to Snow Tube in 10 Easy Steps. This great info was shared by Snow Tubing Source.
In conclusion, winter is a fantastic time to spend outdoors with your kids. From building snowmen to sledding, there are so many exciting fun winter activities to enjoy. With a little creativity and a sense of adventure, you can turn a snowy day into a winter wonderland that your kids will never forget. It’s also great for their physical and mental health and provides opportunities for bonding, learning exploration and just providing a break from the routine of those long winter days!
So, bundle up, grab your mittens and hat, and have some fun with the kids this winter!