As soon as the cold and rainy weather hits, it is all too easy to huddle indoors in the warmth, under our duvets.
But when you have children you’ll understand that staying indoors just because of the weather is not always easy. You’ll get restless, your little ones will get restless and when your child has so much energy to burn that they start being naughty, that rain slamming at your window suddenly will sound so inviting.
Deciding what to do outdoors in Winter is not always easy. Outdoor attractions aren’t always open and the ones that are can be expensive. We’ve come up with 5 things to do outdoors in Winter, that don’t break the bank!
All of these activities are inexpensive and for the most part just use things that are available to you outdoors. All you need to do is wrap up warm and enjoy!
MUDDY PUDDLE JUMPING
This has to be number one on our list of things to do. Children and especially toddlers, can happily spend hours splashing about in puddles. As the saying goes;
‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!’
So wrap them up in some waterproofs (here’s where we get ours, they’re so cheap!) and let them loose! Why not don a pair of wellies yourself and join in?
Write or draw a list of things to scavenge. We love making our hunts relative to the seasons, so that we can teach Evie more about her surroundings. We find things from twigs and leaves, to spotting wildlife and weather. If you don’t have time to make a list yourself, there are plenty of brilliant ones available on Pinterest!
The worlds biggest, secret treasure hunt! If you’ve never hear of it, geocaching is a worldwide outdoors activity. In every town, in every city, in every countryside there are little geocaches hidden around and anyone can go looking for them.
Some of them are big boxes and have treasure in them, some of them are so small that it takes a lot of thought to find them. It’s a fun free activity for the whole family, and can be done at anytime of year. It’s a great excuse to get out and get some fresh air!
The idea of going for a picnic in the winter might not sound appealing. But after a brisk walk in some woods, or after a play session in the park, you’ll be pleasantly surprised about how refreshing it is to sit down on a picnic blanket, with a hot flask of soup or a warm pasty.
Although, Evie much prefers pretend tea parties in the woods at the moment, using stones as chocolate cake and dark crispy leaves as bread!
There are so many little art projects you can do outdoors. The possibilities are endless.
You can collect sticks and make them into pictures, you can paint with mud and sticks as Evie is doing above, or you can bring some crayons and paper with you and collect some tree rubbings!
Why not take a backpack of craft supplies with you and make some drawings outside? Or make art with the things you find around you in a forest or the park?
If you liked this post, you’ll love our 5 Outdoor Rainy Day Activities.
What do you like to do outdoors in Winter? What do you think of our outdoors winter activities?