While the winter season may bring cold and frosty weather, there is no reason to stay indoors until the spring. Truthfully, winter is a great time to enjoy outdoor fun. The snow does more than just make everything sparkle… it creates many options for activities for all ages!
Bundle up and don’t forget your hat and gloves before you head outdoors. Take a peaceful stroll or a brisk walk with your family and look for animal tracks that the kids can identify and write in a journal. Or, play games as you are walking. For example, ask everyone how many different types of birds they can see or hear. It’s amazing how many of our winged friends stay in New England instead of migrating south. You could go to a nearby park or hike through some trails in the woods. Lace up those boots and see what is out there to discover!
Start new winter traditions. Go outside with your children after the first snowfall and make snowmen or snow angels, or build a fort together. Use recycling bins to create stackable blocks of snow. Have small kid-sized shovels available. Your little helpers love to dig and fill the plastic bins. There is no need to travel farther than your backyard to get imaginations going. Before you know it, the fort is a castle and a land for make believe.
A fun outdoor game for everyone is walking across the yard making imprints in the snow. Then, hop back across the yard, trying to land only on the footsteps that you made. It’s okay if you don’t land perfectly, as long as everyone is hopping and moving around!
The cleanly fallen snow can be a canvas for a masterpiece. Fill spray bottles with water and a couple of drops of food dye. Put rubber dish gloves over their mittens and let the kids paint in the snow. Drawing in the snow is a great way to teach letters and numbers to your preschooler.
After all of the fun in the great outdoors, come inside and enjoy homemade hot chocolate or warm apple cider.
How do you enjoy the winter time with your family?
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