After the popularity of my post 10 Activities To Do With Your Kids In The Winter, I thought I would follow it up with some ideas for activities that you can still do outside during these colder months.
Hunt for the Gruffalo
Or the Gruffalo’s child or the stick man. Have a look online for your nearest Forestry Commission site and check which ones have these trails. If you live in or near to Hampshire, Alice Holt has each of these characters to find.
This will also be found at a Forestry Commission site. Go Ape is a tree top adventure for adults and children. It involves zip wires, climbing, obstacles, Tarzan swings and all above the forest floor. Full training and safety harnesses are provided.
As you know, Jake is obsessed with trains so this is a usual activity for us to do. We are lucky(?) enough to live quite close to the train line and there is a bridge which is perfect for us to watch them go by from. If we wave hard enough we even get a toot, toot! It makes his day. Simple to do and completely free.
There are so many forests, woodland walks, country parks and beaches around that are free to visit. To make things a little more interesting you could print off a nature walk sheet from the internet and hunt for certain items/plants/animals. The RSPB have plenty of hints and tips on their website.
With it becoming dark at around 4:30pm now it is the perfect time to teach your children about the solar system. Younger children are usually in bed when it is still light during the summer months and may have never seen the stars or the moon. You can use the BBC’s stargazing activity pack to help you identify the constellations, make fun rockets and learn about the solar system.
You could make up your own hunt or maybe get your kid’s to come up with one. To give it a festive theme and use Christmas chocolates as the prize at the end. You could also set it up so they have to collect certain items in the woods (leaves, conkers, acorns) or you could even make a role play to act out. Then head out to a woods or your back garden and have some family fun!
Will we get some? Won’t we?
It’s always something we long for over Christmas and if we are lucky enough to get a good snowfall this winter you can have plenty of fun. Making snowmen, sledging, snowball fights, Igloo making and snow angels. So much you can do with snow! Why not also try adding food colouring to water and painting pictures in the white stuff?
Make a bird feeder
Or if you aren’t into DIY you could just buy one! The winter is the time of year that birds could do with a little help with feeding. If you want to get a little crafty you could make a simple wooden ledge and string it up on a tree. If you have great carpentry skills you could have a go at a full stand. Visit the RSPB website for details on what you should be putting out for food.
You could also check out my post on making a bug house.
Splashing in muddy puddles
Take a leaf out of Peppa’s book and pop on your wellies and go looking for those amazing muddy puddles! A great time of year to go splashing mad and not care. Then return home and sit next to the fire to drink your hot chocolate. Mmmmmm.
Local country parks often have events on all year round and will advertise these on their websites or facebook pages. Keep an eye out for any Christmas Grottoes. Our local park is full of play areas, a farm, train, lake, slides, sandpits and dinosaur statues. They often put up their big red tent and hold events inside. This time of year is also classed as out of season, meaning the prices are lower.