Sunday, 26 January 2020

10 Outdoor Activities For Kids in Winter

 

Getting out and about in winter can definitely be a challenge. When we look out of the window and see the bleak, winter sky or frost on the grass, it can seem easier to stay indoors in the warm. However, bad weather always looks worse through the window and once you get out in it it really won't be so bad! 

Motivation to get outdoors


Feeling motivated to get outdoors in the winter is all about your mindset. You need to believe that going out will be enjoyable and that it will be a fun thing to do for the whole family. Therefore, I am going to share my favourite outdoor quotes to inspire and motivate you!

"Never be within doors when you can rightly be without." - Charlotte Mason

"Once get in touch with nature and a habit will be formed which will be a source of delight through life." - Charlotte Mason

"We are all meant to be naturalists, each in his own degree, and it in inexcusable to live in a world so full of marvels of plant and animal life and to care for none of these things." - Charlotte Mason

"The sense of beauty comes from early contact with nature." - Charlotte Mason

"When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength." - Maria Montessori

"The land is where are roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." - Maria Montessori

"There is no description, no image in any book capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them." - Maria Montessori

"A child, more than anyone else, is a spontaneous observer of nature." - Maria Montessori

Now that you feel inspired, I would like to share my top 10 outdoor activities for kids to do in winter.


10 outdoor activities for kids in winter


1) Go on a winter scavenger hunt. Put together a list of things for your children to find outside and then go out and search for them. You can even get a FREE printable scavenger hunt HERE.

2) Look out for winter plants and animals. You may think of winter as a time when a lot of plants and animals are dormant but there are plenty of signs of life if you look closely! Try looking out for different winter plants and animals next time you go on a nature walk.

3) Explore ice. Playing with ice will offer children lots of fun learning experiences. You can talk about how ice is formed and watch it melt using different methods. See if you can spot some ice in frizen puddles when you go out and about or create ice by leaving trays of water outdoors over night.

4) Make patterns in frosty grass. I did not know how exciting frost is for children until we went on a nature walk recently. There were large expanses of frosty grass and the children spent a long time running through it, listening to it crunch under their feet and creating beautiful patterns. Perhaps your children will enjoy this simple activity too!

5) Build a fire and toast marshmallows. When it all gets a bit too cold, you can always light a fire and toast some marshmallows or other treats. Building a fire and doing some backwoods cooking is one of my children's favourite outdoor activities.


6) Draw winter trees. Many trees lose their leaves in winter so you can see their trunks and branches clearly. They can look quite impressive against the winter sky. Take some paper and sketching or painting materials outdoors and create pictures of the winter trees.

7) Make bird feeders for the birds. In winter food is scarce so making some bird feeders for the birds is a great thing to do. Bird feeders are simple to make. Try putting lard or peanut butter on a pine cone and rolling it around in some bird seed. Then tie it to a tree with some string. Alternatively you can thread multigrain hoop cereal onto a pipe cleaner or piece of string and hang those up for the birds. This make a great fine motor activity for littel ones!

8) Learn about snowflakes. I didn't know how interesting snow was until I read the book 'The Secret Life of a Snowflake' by Kenneth Libbrecht. This book is brilliant for teaching children all about snowflakes; how they are formed and what shape they take. It also includes stunning pictures of snowflakes close up. I highly recommend it!

 

9) Record the weather. The weather may be cold and wet but there may be some interesting things to record. Apart from temperature, record things such as frost, fog, snow, ice, rain and cloud formation. See if you can predict the weather from the types of clouds you see.

10) Have fun in the snow! Unfortunately we do not get much snow here in the UK but if you are lucky enough to live somewhere with snow, you are sure to have a lot of fun. Go sledging, build snowmen and have snowball fights!

What are your favourite things to do outdoors in winter? Let me know in the comments below! 





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