Winter is here! (almost) But that doesn’t mean outdoor play should stop. There are many great activities both indoors and out!
Winter time is a great opportunity for children to explore their world in a different way. They can learn about how the trees and plants “go to bed” for the winter in order to return in the spring. They can experience nature in a whole new way!
Winter Inside games
It is important to stay active, especially in the winter. There are many activities to keep children active that you can do indoors. ‘
- Create an obstacle course using items around the house. What can they crawl through or under? Use painters tape to create place to hop or jump. How can they balance?
- Use a laundry basket to make a toss game. You can use rolled socks, small balls, or even crumbled up balls of paper. Use painters tape to mark places to throw from. Start throwing close and get farther and farther away to make the game more challenging.
- Hopscotch is a great game to play inside and out! Painters tape is perfect to make a hopscotch right inside your house!
- Have races, but in a different way. Crab crawl races, hopping on one foot races, relay races! Have fun with it!
- What are some fun, active ways you can play indoors?
Winter Outdoor play
Who doesn’t love a snow day? Okay, probably the adults that have to drive in it. For kids, it is the highlight of winter, especially if they get out of school!
Take advantage of those snow days! There are some pretty cool things you can only do with snow.
Of course, you have to build a snow man and make a snow angel, but there are some science experiments and art activities you can do as well.
An easy activity is to add water and a few drops of food coloring or tempra paint to a spray bottle. Let your child spray designs in the snow!
Create a snow volcano. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 table spoon of dish soap and a few drops of food coloring in a plastic cup or container. Form a volcano with snow around the cup or container. Pour 2 tablespoons of vinegar to make a snowy eruption!
You can also bring the snow inside for longer play! Add snow to a container large enough to add animals, cars, etc to play in. Use measuring cups to make shapes and talk about how much each one makes.
What are some of your family’s favorite ways to play during winter?