Just because it is cold and frosty outside does not mean you cannot have loads of fun outside. Winter is nothing but icing under the windshield. As they say, “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing and inadequate modes of transportation.” That’s what Ron Swanson told me at least. It really does change your outlook on life. If you want to get your kids outside and into the thick of things, then this article, 10 Fun Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids, will be sure to make sure they have a splendid time despite the weather.
I have tried all these activities at one point or another, so I can attest to the sheer amount of joy they bring if you know what you are doing. Anyway, let’s get started.
1. Snowball Fights Really Get the Body Moving
A good old-fashioned snowball fight is really fun. You do need a proper kind of snow though. If the snow is too soft, then you cannot meld it all together. If it’s too hard, then you cannot roll anything up into a ball. Be on the lookout for an in between kind of snow. Snowball fights are a splendid way to spend time outside in the snow.
2. Sledding, Get Some Air Time with a Ramp
For this activity, you need a hill and a sled from the store down the street. Make sure you do not go too steep and keep your wits about you. Many people have gotten wiped out by a runaway sled going too fast down the hill. Also, if you are in the sled, some air time and a landing onto ice can really take a toll on your tushy. The ramps may be fun, but keep the risk you run in mind when speeding down the hill at Mach 2.
3. Roll Some Snow and Grab a Carrot for a Snowman
Snowmen and snow women are a great way to sculpt and shape snow. You can reveal your inner artist, crafting from the tools and clay you have around you to make a wondrous sculpture. It can take some time, but the effort is well worth your patience. Grab sticks, pebbles, a carrot, and top hat to make your very own Frosty the Snowman.
4. Go Hiking and Exploring through the Wilderness
Just because it is Winter time does not mean nature stops being nature, the great outdoors keep tugging along, albeit at a slower pace. Keep an eye out for those winter animals like owls, deer, coyotes, and birds. Animals keep scurrying about despite the frosty weather outside. It is one of the best times to go hiking outside because there is no sound. Everything muffles and falls silent. It is a great time to slow down and reflect. The kids will learn to appreciate it. The experience meditates the mind.
5. Build an Igloo or Snow Fort
This is another excellent outdoor activity. You can learn how to build a house and sculpt for maximum heat. If you ever get stuck in the wilderness with your kids, this activity will be sure to help you and them. If you need to defend against snowballs, a snow fort goes a long way. Grab a shovel and get to piling up the snow to make your winter palace come to life.
In a previous article, How to Build a Quinzee Snow Shelter in 7 Easy Steps, I broke down how to build an igloo nice and easy for you to understand. It can take the stress out of learning how to build one on your own. If you want to make the experience easy for you and your kids, then I suggest you check it out. The article will be worth your while.
No, this is not going ‘number one’ in the snow. No one likes yellow snow. For this activity, you need a spray bottle filled with water, and an assortment of food coloring dyes. Just mix and match the colors. You can then turn your kids into little graffiti artists or mini Picasso’s. If your kids like to use chalk on the sidewalk, then this is a good alternative during the winter.
7. Snowshoeing Gives You More Surface Area
When you are hiking through a foot or two of snow, it can be difficult to move fast and get your footing. With each step, you sink right on into the snow like quick sand. Fortunately though, you can grab some snowshoes and sink in only a little. Snowshoes spread your weight onto a larger surface area, making it easier for you to move through the snow. You can get going on your hike in no time flat.
8. Watch or Take Part in a Dog Sled Race
In the winter time, there are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in and dog sledding is one of them. You can learn to mush dogs together in unison or watch others race about in cross-country derbies. It can be exhilarating to see packs of dogs scurrying and barking through the snow. They can get quite big with their thick manes and extra fat designed to keep them warm.
9. Build an Outdoor Campfire
“The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” You can make a fire outside, but it is a little more difficult. The moisture makes it hard for wood to catch alight, so it takes a bit more skill. It is quite a rewarding feeling to roast smores on the fire outside. The contrast becomes sharp. The fire warms the little fingers and little toes of your children to keep them away, but the cold air pushes them closer to the fire for its heat. You then find the middle balance between the two.
10. Try Winter Camping on for Size
On the note of winter campfires, you can always go winter camping. It is a bit trickier than summer camping. You are much more at the mercy of the elements and you really have to bundle up to stay warm. If you decide to go winter camping with your kids, make sure they have plenty of warmth to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. It is important that you all bundle up. Also, you want to take it slow at first. Start with one night outside and then increase the length of time. Anything too crazy and you might get into trouble.
Are You Going to Get Outside this Week?
Well, you should now have plenty of activities to keep your little ones busy despite the frosty weather outside. Everything may seem slower to them now that it is winter, but you can actually do quite a lot outside with a bit of creativity and research. I do have a favor to ask of you though. Below you will find a link to AllTrails.com. It is a splendid site to help you find and plan a nature hike near you. It is my go to site. So what do you say? Are you going to get outside this week with your kids? It will be sure to be a memorable experience.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!