It’s winter here in the northern hemisphere which means it’s time for sledding, building snowmen, hot cocoa, and, perhaps, more indoor activities than usual.*
I’ve put together a list of winter activities for kids that includes both outdoor ideas and indoor ideas. It’s a mix of snow play, art activities, crafts, construction, and, of course, a winter book list for kids.
*I realize that not everyone has the stereotypical winter with snow and cold weather. If you live somewhere that is 70 degrees year round or a place where it is finally cool enough to play outside, this list might not be as applicable to you. Perhaps pick a couple of the ideas (colored ice sculptures, crystal snowflakes, playdough snowmen) and then head over to the Kids Arts and Crafts Directory to create your own activities list for the month.
31 Days of Winter Activities for Kids
Note: Please feel free to add your own favorite winter activities in a comment below!
5 Outdoor Snow Play Ideas
2) Send the kids on a winter scavenger hunt with colored ice sculptures
4) Host a backyard winter Olympics (on Rain or Shine Mama)
5) Go on a winter nature walk (on How Wee Learn)
5 Winter Art Activities
7 Art Activities with Snow and Ice
12) Paint snow with spray bottles (on The Resourceful Mama)
13) Or paint the snow with paint brushes (on CBC Parents)
15) Make glowing snow paint (on Growing a Jeweled Rose)
16) Try this snowy day tissue paper art (on Fireflies and Mudpies)
17) Paint with ice (on Easy Peasy and Fun)
5 Winter Crafts for Kids
20) Make and paint ice lanterns (on Willowday)
21) Make your own crystal snowflakes (on Natural Beach Living)
22) Sew paper plate snowflake yarn art (on I Heart Crafty Things)
5 Indoor Winter Play Ideas
23) Try small world pretend play with fake snow (or real snow)
24) Build snowmen out of playdough and decorate with beads or buttons
3 Construction Ideas
29) Make an igloo out of sugar cubes (on The Crafty Classroom)
30) Build with toothpicks and cranberries, marshmallows, or gumdrops
Read Winter Books for Kids
31) Head to the library and check out some books about winter.
Need some suggestions? Ask your children’s librarian or try some of these:
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
- Winter Waits by Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch
- The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren
- Red Sled by Lita Judge
- Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Richard B. Smith, Felix Bernard, and Tim Hopgood
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How about you? What are your favorite winter activities for kids? Something from this list or something different? Please share in the comments!
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