This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.
Whenever I think of fall and winter, I think of bundling up in sweaters, scarves and hats; cuddling with my kids under a blanket while reading their favorite books; and the upcoming holidays. One thing I always seem to forget is how energized my children get when they’re indoors.
It’s important for a child’s development to continue to have outdoor playtime, even in the fall and the winter. It’s also helpful for parents to let their children burn off energy 🙂 I find that being in an outdoor environment and breathing in fresh air is incredibly beneficial for my children, as well as me!
As I am a big list maker, I decided to compile my favorite outdoor activities for kids in the winter:
Play Catch or Soccer in the Snow
There is something inherently fun about chasing a ball in the snow! Bundle up the kids and see how much fun they have playing catch or soccer in the snow!
Build Snow Creatures
Yes, snowmen are a classic and fun to build, but don’t stop there! Ask your children what animals or creatures they want to build out of the snow, and let them create it. A caterpillar can be made by connecting several balls in a long row!
Make a Bird Seed Ornament and go Bird Watching
Make this easy homemade bird food ornament and hang it up on a tree in your backyard. If it isn’t too cold, watch the birds enjoy the food!
Blow Bubbles & Watch them Freeze
My kids love bubbles all year long! When you blow bubbles when it’s below 32 degrees, the bubbles can freeze on the wand, which will delight your little ones!
Create a Treasure Hunt
My 6-year-old daughter loves treasure hunts! You can cater the treasure hunt to the season, by looking under a pile of fallen leaves, or close to an icicle.
You can also add food dye to water, and freeze it in ice cubes, and place the cubes around the yard and have your children find them. It’s like hunting easter eggs, but with ice!
Play on the Playground
Just because it’s cold and playgrounds are covered in snow, doesn’t mean children can’t have fun! As long as there is not slippery ice, children will have a blast with the added element of snow on their favorite playground.
Grab an inflatable ring from the swimming pool, tie a piece of rope on it, and you have a fun way to go tubing in the snow!
To learn more about the benefits of outdoor play, all year long, visit VoiceofPlay.org.
Activities for Older Kids
If you have older kids who really don’t want to be outside in winter, here is a list of games for teens that can keep them busy indoors!