When the lakes are frozen over and snow falls, there are still plenty of winter activities for children in the great outdoors. Skip the cabin fever, bundle up, be safe, and get your daily dose of fresh air while having fun as a family. Check out these ten winter outdoor activities for kids.
1. Track the local wildlife
After fresh snowfall, one of the easiest and most educational winter activities for kids is teaching them to identify different types of animal tracks. If you have a wildlife guide bring them with you.
2. Go ice skating
Find an outdoor skating rink or skate the kids on a frozen pond. If you don’t have ice skates, you can usually rent a pair at outdoor rinks or just check a few thrift stores to see if you can find a pair for a few dollars.
3. Try ice fishing
When fishing with children, especially in winter, it is especially important that family outings are safe and fun. Some states, such as Minnesota, even offer ice fishing weekends for kids and provide vital information about ice fishing safety. Family fishing trips don’t have to be limited to the warmest months of the year, as long as everyone layer and dress appropriately for the cold conditions.
4. Build a snow festival
If your family is looking for outdoor activities in the winter, you can build a fortress out of snow together. Collect buckets, pans and empty milk cartons to create the coolest snow castle ever.
5. Go tobogganing or tubing
Get a sled or hose and head down the snow-covered hill. When it comes to family winter activities, it’s hard to beat a weekend afternoon sledding. Then have hot cocoa ready.
6. Schedule a winter picnic
It doesn’t matter whether you’re going on a family outing in an ice fishing hut or packing a picnic after a winter hike to make the snowy day even more fun. Bring a thermos of soup and some of your favorite foods.
7. Make a pine cone bird feeder
Create a homemade bird feeder by brushing a pinecone with peanut butter and then sprinkling it with bird seed. Have the children identify each species of bird that visits the feeder.
8. Run a snowman building contest
Plan a winter day for a family snowman building contest. See who can build the best snowman in a limited time.
9. Make snow art
Mix food coloring and water in a spray bottle. Let children create unique works of art in different colors in the snow.
10. Take a hike
There is nothing quite like a winter hike. Bundle the family and head to the nearest hiking trail or state park. Admire the snow-covered branches and feel the crunch under your feet.
Regardless of the colder weather, you can combine nature and family time. Use these ideas or develop your own winter activities for children. Just go outside whenever you can!