31 Winter Activities for Kids

31 Days of Winter Activities for Kids (With Printable List!)

31 Winter Activities for Kids

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!

Winter Activities for Kids - Swedish Snowball Lanterns and Scavenger Hunt

5 Outdoor Snow Play Ideas

1) Make Swedish snowball lanterns

2) Send the kids on a winter scavenger hunt with colored ice sculptures

3) Build a snowman (creative ideas for making your own)

4) Host a backyard winter Olympics (on Rain or Shine Mama)

5) Go on a winter nature walk (on How Wee Learn)

Winter Activities for Kids - Glue Resist Snowmen and Painting Winter Scenes

5 Winter Art Activities

6) Make glue resist snowman paintings

7) Paint winter scenes with this easy snow painting technique

8) Microwave puffy paint snowflakes and snowmen

9) Try a Jan Brett inspired winter art activity

10) Make a stained glass bunting (with words & wishes for the new year)

Winter Activities for Kids - Colored Ice Sculptures and Painting Snow

7 Art Activities with Snow and Ice

11) Build colored ice sculptures

12) Paint snow with spray bottles (on The Resourceful Mama)

13) Or paint the snow with paint brushes (on CBC Parents)

14) Experiment with ice, salt, and food coloring

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)

Winter Activities for Kids - Coffee Filter Snowflakes and Nature Ice Wreath

5 Winter Crafts for Kids

18) Cut and color coffee filter snowflakes

19) Create a nature ice wreath

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)

Winter Activities for Kids - Small World Play and Snowman Playdough

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

25) Build and play with a lighted cardboard dollhouse

26) Use a light table for play and learning

27) Have a game night

Winter Activities for Kids - Indoor Fort and Sugar Cube Igloo

3 Construction Ideas

28) Build an indoor fort (or igloo)

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:

Winter Picture Books for Kids

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Looking for winter activities for kids? Here are 31 fun winter crafts, outdoor snow ideas, winter art activities, and list of favorite winter picture books for kids.

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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  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Indoor forts with tons of folding tables and blankets provide hours of fun and are great for building social emotional skills and strengthening the imagination!


    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      January 6, 2018 at 5:24 am

      Absolutely! Plus pillows and sheets and all the living room furniture. :)

  • Reply
    Sachin Shah
    July 13, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Winter means the time when you can’t really take the kids out somewhere for an excursion. You need to select a good diversion at home to make sure the kids stay busy all the time. These activities you have listed sound pretty interesting and a good way to make sure kids have a jolly time.

  • Reply
    December 19, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Winter activities like making a snowman for Christmas or fighting with snowballs seems like unending fun. Teaching kids to build the blocks or try out innovative ideas is also a great way to keep them engaged. Thank you for sharing such lovely pictures alongwith the post. Keep penning such ideas with mothers around the globe.

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