If you live in one of the northern states, right around this time of year it’s fashionable to start complaining about the weather getting colder.
However, we here at Click-A-Brick feel like there is something much better you can do about cold winter weather … like go outside and enjoy it! Snow is like an annual gift from Mother Nature that is meant for frolicking in (although, admittedly, she does give a little too much of it at times).
So, with that in mind, here are 15 fun, outdoor winter ideas you can do with your kids. (And when it’s too cold outside for any of these, stay inside and play with Click-A-Brick!)
- Make snow paint by adding food coloring to water and putting it into a spray bottle. Then go out and paint your yard!
- Ice skating.
- Build a fire and make s’mores. (Fires are even better in winter.)
- Winter camping or rent a cabin or yurt.
- Skiing. Downhill if you live in a hilly or mountainy area or cross-country if you live in a flat area.
- Attend a dog-sled race. (They’re not just in Alaska. Google it. You’ll see.)
- Sledding. It’s like skiing, but you don’t need any skills!
- Build a snow fort or an igloo.
- Have a snowball fight.
- Shovel a circle in the snow with a bunch of lines going in toward the center and play tag while only being able to run along the shoveled paths. Alternately, shovel out a house outline and build furniture in the house out of snow.
- Feed the birds by making birdfeeders out of pine cones, peanut butter, and birdseed. Or go birdwatching. Maybe you could participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count.
- Ice fishing. (But be warned, catching ice is harder than it sounds.)
- Winter picnic. Take blankets, sandwiches and lotsa hot soup in a thermos.
- Set up an obstacle course in the yard with jumps, tunnels and other challenges made from the snow.
- Shovel the driveway. (Oops! How did that get in there?!?!)
Don’t let the colder weather and overabundance of snow stop you from enjoying the outdoors this winter.