So many activities to do this winter! Snowball fights, downhill skiing, sitting by the fireplace wrapped in a soft blanket reading a book… the possibilities are endless.
I know some of you don’t have white winter so a few of these ideas would not work for you. But you will find here ideas for winter activities whether yours is snowy or not.
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Winter Outdoor Activities
1. Host a Sledding Party
If you have a slope or hill in your yard, invite some friends over to sled! No hill. No problem. Find one near you and gather your friends for a a couple of hours of amazing winter fun!
2. Build a Snow Maze
Use a shovel or stomp with your feet to create a snow maze in the back yard. Hours of fun for the kids to make it and to play in it.
3. Go to the Lake
We live near Lake Michigan and it is gorgeous in the winter! So if you have a beautiful frozen lake nearby, go see it. Just be careful on the ice or better yet admire it from a distance.
4. Go for a Walk
Grab some warm cocoa and go for a walk on a beautiful winter night. Listen to the sound of snow crunching under your boots.
5. Build a Snow Fort
Growing up in Finland building a snow fort was a must! We had hours of fun digging tunnels and building passageways and rooms. Here are a couple of pictures of the snow fort my brother build with his kids a couple of years ago.
6. Have a Bonfire
Sit by the bonfire and tell snow stories.
7. Go Ice Skating
If you don’t have an outdoor rink around, go to an indoor ones.
8. Go Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing can be fun. It is great exercise for sure. And while you are getting a good workout you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Winter Indoor Activities
1. Watch Winter Movies
2. Play Hockey
If not on the ice then maybe a table top game… move over air hockey here comes Stiga Stanley Cup Hockey!
3. Read Winter Books
Squirrels on Skis A delightful book with fun pictures and a rhyming story about squirrels on skis.
Eloise Skates! An Easy-To-Read book about little girl Eloise who goes ice skating with her dog.
Snow Bear This book has soft to touch pictures on every page. A sweet story about a bear exploring the snowy world.
4. Create a Winter Wonderland
Use some white and blue light and garland to turn the play room or your child’s bedroom into a winter wonderland. Hang sparkly tulle pom poms from the ceiling, maybe some ribbon too. And cut out snowflakes to tape them to the windows or walls.
5. Go to a Theater
Take your kids to see a theater production. Kids, at least many of them, love the live performances. Find some inexpensive ones in the local schools if you don’t want to pay the big bucks for a broadway show or other professional theater production.
6. Make Winter Wonder Baskets
Create lovely Winter Wonder Baskets filled with surprises for someone who could use cheering up.
7. Play Winter Themed Board Games
Playing in the snow is fun but so is playing these cool winter themed board games! Check out these ideas in the Game Post.
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