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!

5 Things To Do Outdoors In Winter

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!



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?


Things To Do Outdoors In Winter

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!


Things To Do Outdoors In Winter

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!


Things To Do Outdoors In Winter

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!


Things To Do Outdoors In Winter

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?



  1. February 16, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    It looks like you have been having great fun!

  2. February 16, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Great list and it does look like fun! Very timely as I’ve been looking for new ideas and you’ve inspired me to go geocaching. I remember first hearing about it when Little T was a baby and I haven’t tried it yet, I imagine he’ll really enjoy it now looking for treasure.

  3. February 17, 2016 / 8:22 am

    Great list. Don’t know a child that doesn’t love puddle jumping! Geocaching is on our must try list. Maybe this weekend! #WhateverTheWeather

  4. February 17, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Great ideas and like you say with kids there is no option of staying indoors. I am going to investigate Geocaching now 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  5. February 17, 2016 / 8:32 am

    We love geocaching too – it’s great fun and we’ve discovered some lovely parks and places of interest that we didn’t know about 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  6. February 17, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Great list. We love splashing in puddles. And winter picnics. #whatevertheweather

  7. February 17, 2016 / 10:08 am

    We’ve never done the geocaching activity. Maybe it’s about time we did? But as for the others, especially the jumping up in muddy puddles, I must say, we are experts off! 😉 #whatevertheweather.

  8. February 17, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Love this list, my toddler is a huge fan of puddle jumping too (as am I!) I’ve never heard of geocaching before, definitely going to look into it now though, thank you! #whatevertheweather

  9. February 17, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I keep meaning to have a go at Geocaching with the kids but always forget about it. Thanks for the reminder!

  10. February 17, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Fab ideas! I’ve heard a bit about geocaching (mainly through this linky) so I really should give it a go! Love making art out of nature. I’m so impressed with all your outdoor activities – you guys are so good at doing it…I think I’d have to draw the line at a winter picnic – I don’t think my daughter is as outdoorsy as Evie. #whatevertheweather

  11. February 17, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    What a great post. We’re not so good at getting outdoors in the winter I’m sad to say! I really want to try Geocatching – what app do you use?

  12. February 17, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Getting a Labrador that needs lots of walks help! But my son’s favourite is most definitely puddle jumping.

  13. Jo @ 3 Kids and a Gluestick
    February 17, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Great ideas! We went Geocaching yesterday.. kids love it as long as we actually find the cache! Puddle jumping is still a favourite with mine too!

  14. February 18, 2016 / 8:30 am

    These are great list! We have also just been geocaching too. I have just posted about it and linked up. Sorry for the delayed post. We love it! It was great fun! Thank you for introducing it to us. We hope to do it again soon! xx #whatevertheweather

  15. Polly Williams
    February 19, 2016 / 11:33 am

    This is a great post, it is hard to entertain a little explorer in this awful weather. The muddy puddle jumping has to be my little boys favourite xx

  16. February 20, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Lots of super ideas. Have you tired geocaching yet? It sounds like loads of fun… #whatevertheweather

  17. Jenny Eaves
    February 21, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Lovely ideas, there is always something to do outside in any weather, well almost, we have stayed inside on the gale force wind and rain days! We still haven’t managed geocaching yet, I need to get the GPS app so we can go and find some caches!gorgeous photos of Evie as always. 🙂 x

  18. February 25, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I totally agree. We need to nurture a love of the outdoors from the start. The best activities are free! We love den building and take a flask of hot choc to enjoy inside!

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