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Winter Activities for Kids: How to Create Great Outdoor Fun

Updated on November 21, 2012

Keeping Kids Active in the Winter

Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to do anything when the air sends a chill to your bone. But it is just as important to keep moving in the winter as it is in the summer. Of course there are your normal outdoor activities that you can do, like building a snowman or a snow fort. Sometimes kids like to have a snowball fight, but you need to be careful that the snow is not ice filled. Then there is always sledding or skiing if you are close to a ski resort. But what are some things that you can do that are outside of the norm but are right outside your doorstep? Well here are some suggestions to help make winter more enjoyable for the whole family.

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Building a rink

Blowing bubbles

Unique Winter Activities for Kids

  • Go on a winter nature hunt. There are very different things to look for in the winter. Look for animal tracks in the snow, berries that are hanging on branches in the winter, and winter animals such as birds, squirrels, and even deer.
  • Collect nature items. While on your nature hunt, you can collect things to make a collage when you get home. Sticks, berries, and evergreen branches are great items.
  • Go snowshoeing. Snowshoeing can be a fun and very physically invigorating sport. You will need to purchase snowshoes and be sure to have warm clothing that allows you to move easily.
  • Create snow art. Making snow art is easy. Simply fill different clean spray bottles with water and a different color of food coloring. Send the kids outside with the bottles and let them "paint" the snow.
  • Go on a winter picnic. Pack warm foods and drinks for the occasion. My grandmother did this with us one year and it is one of my best winter memories.
  • Blow bubbles. Although this has to be done at very cold temperatures, the time spent outside does not have to be long. Bundle up the family and head outside and see the results of blowing bubbles in the winter. You will find that it is much different than in the summer. Try it! You and your kids will be amazed.
  • Build a skating rink in your backyard. This takes a little bit of planning and some effort but it is a great feeling knowing that you can step outside your door and skate whenever you want.

Warming Up From the Cold

One of the best parts of winter outside fun is coming in to warm up. My kids love to play outside in the snow but they also love to peel the layers of clothing off to head to the kitchen table. With their red cheeks and noses, they eagerly await a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. Often times I add a couple of marshmallows to make it even more special. Then we snuggle under a warm blanket and share some wonderful stories or watch a movie. As we enter into the prime of the winter season, I hope this helps you and your family to beat the winter blues. I know that my family will be doing more than just a few of these.


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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Lol, I don't think that you have to have kids to do these! In fact I greatly enjoy going out with my kids and doing them! Thanks for your visit.

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      Julia 5 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas! I don't have any kids, but I would still do these :)

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      They would love it RTalloni! Hope that you get that opportunity, thanks for your comments.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      What great ideas for family-time winters. I hope I get to take my grandchildren on a winter picnic and make a memory with them one day! :) Thanks!

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      It has to be VERY cold to really see the difference but I'm sure that you will have those where you are! I know what you mean about enjoying spending more time outdoors in the winter. My kids didn't do too badly last winter but I'm sure it will be better this year and yes, with the potty calls! :)

      I hope you can find some snow around Robin to create that snow art! ;) Hope you and the girls enjoy it!

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      Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I LOVE the idea of snow art! How fun. I will definitely try that this winter. You've also piqued my interest on the bubbles; we've never tried that. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      I never thought about blowing bubbles in the winter - what a brilliant idea! We are definitely trying that on a cold January day! I am so thankful that my two are both old enough to play together outside this year - at 4 1/2 and 6, they are starting to enjoy the great outdoors for longer periods of time. We still have the 30 minutes of getting dressed into snowsuits followed by "I have to go to the bathroom!" though, lol!

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      cardelean 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the feedback. I hope your kids enjoy the bubbles. It's definately a different experience if it is cold enough, enjoy and bundle up!

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      nell79 7 years ago from United States

      I have some young ones who would love to see how blowing bubbles in the winter is different than in the summer. We'll have to try that for sure! We're hot cocoa lovers here too :) Some great ideas here on how to not only get through the winter time, but have fun while you're at it!

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      cardelean 7 years ago from Michigan

      I know what you mean about the companionship. Even though I have two, my second is still just a little too young and a little too curious to send out by themselves. It's hard to get motivated when you have to bundle up so much for a short time of fun. Hope you enjoy the bubbles. Let me know how it turns out.

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      Sarah Webster 7 years ago

      Great ideas. Because my daughter is an only, I tend to be her (reluctant) outdoor companion in the winter. Sometimes I need a specific project to look forward to during the twenty minutes it takes to get both of us dressed and ready to head out the door. I'm definitely going to try blowing bubbles.

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      cardelean 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the comments. I'm not one to really like the cold weather so anything that I can do to make it a little more enjoyable helps!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree with Danette-I remember learning to ice skate on the homemade rink my dad would make every winter. He even made one for my kids when they were small one year.

      I love your suggestions here. How about making snow cream-have you ever heard of that? And, there are special 'dyes' you can take outdoors and 'color' the snow with.

      My favorite is sledding with the grandkids! Oh, heck-I like doing any of it with the grandkids. This past Christmas I took my older grandkids outdoors at night for an evening wintere walk.

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      Danette Watt 7 years ago

      Wish I'd known about blowing bubbles in the winter when my kids were little. And making an ice rink in the backyard....brings back memories of my own dad making one for us, stringing Christmas lights along the trees so we could skate at night. Brings back lots of memories.