30 Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids and Adults

The snow is coming down, winter is here! It’s cold outside. Winter lasts a very long time, in some areas so it’s important both for our health and sanity to find some fun winter activities to do outside. There are plenty of fun outdoor winter activities for the family to do when the temperature drops with the snow falling.

These outdoor winter activities are good ways to cut calories and lose some weight, plus the fresh air makes us feel better, and it’s a lot more fun than sitting and watching TV or surfing the Internet all day. The benefits of fresh air and exercise far outweigh the effort of bundling up the kids in snowsuits, boots, hats, and gloves. So dress warmly and head outdoors. You can keep the family fun going when it is time to go back indoors and warm up with a nice cup of hot cocoa around the table.

Here Are Some Fun Outdoor Winter Activities to Get You Motivated.

These winter outdoor activities can just be the solution for cabin fever that’s reaching boiling point, after weeks of being stuck indoors.

1. Build a Snowman

Build a Snowman Outdoor Winter Activities

Have a snowman challenge with your family! Every child from the littlest to the biggest love to make a snowman or snowwoman in the yard, most especially around the holidays. After rolling and stacking the snowballs, let the kids’ imagination soar as they decorate their snowman creating with carrots, sticks and other material available on Amazon for less than $10 for the kit. If there is a lot of snow, you can build an entire snow family. Younger kids can try this printable snowman activity and snowman craft. Give out prizes for the most creative and best-looking snow person around.

2. Snow Angels

Snow Angels

Get the family to bundle up in a snowsuit, boots, hats, and gloves and set them loose in the snow. Kids of all ages can lie down in the snow and create snow angels, just as they would do a jumping jack. You can even make this winter activity more fun by decorating your snow angels with paint or by dressing them up in old clothing and accessories.

3. Go Sledding

Go Sledding

Sledding is fun for all ages, there’s nothing better than gliding through the cool air on a sled, saucer or snow tube. Kids love sledding, they don’t even mind climbing back up the hill to do it again and again. So find a good hill now and grab your snow tube, or saucer for hours of fun. If there is no hill nearby, you can make your snow pile! Ensure that younger kids ride down with a parent and also ensure that they are well bundled up to stay warm in the cold.

4. Snowball Fight

Snowball Fight
Caucasian couple having a snowball fight

Have a ball with your kids in a snowball fight. You can break into teams and have the kids battle the parents. Ensure that the snow isn’t too icy to avoid injuries and supervise the snowball fight to avoid bullying and ensure good clean fun. Snow on super-cold days will be too light and airy to form a ball.

Here’s a tip: Lie down on the snow for a few minutes to heat some up and then try to pack that warmer snow into a ball.

5. Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great form of cardiovascular exercise for everyone in your family. Families that love to hike will like snowshoeing. Kids love to wear big snowshoes that help keep them from crunching down and getting stuck in the snow. Snowshoeing is for every child that can walk! So if your child can walk, then he can snowshoe too! Just get them snowshoes and poles from outdoor retailers. But you must not buy poles, they are optional based on the snow conditions of where you are hiking and your kids’ balance.

6. Snowboarding

Snowboarding

Snowboarding is most popular among tweens and teens because they have the strength and skills to stay upright and try more tricks. As with skiing, little ones can start snowboarding young, but few children strap on a board before age 5 or 6. Lessons and safety gear, including a helmet, knee pads, wrist guards, and hip pads, are recommended because snowboarders have their share of falls.

7. Ice Skating

Ice skating is a slippery activity, hence one requires one or two lessons to gain mastery. You can skate on a frozen lake or any outdoor rink. Ice skates are a must to go ice skating, make sure they fit correctly. There are two-track skates for little kids. Most children wear figure skates or hockey skates to start. After they get more into skating, they can try the sports of speed skating, ice dancing, figure skating, or hockey. Make sure beginners wear a helmet, and help them balance.

8. Build a Snow Fort

Build a Snow Fort

Have a blast building a snow fort. Here the kids get into molding the snow bricks and boulders and putting them into place in the snow fort. It can be small or elaborate. You can use sand pails and molds if you want to sculpt your fortress.

10. Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

Kids who love to fish during the summer will most likely love to fish during winter, so why not try ice fishing. Gather all the equipment you need which includes; an ice auger, skimmer, ice rod and reel, assorted ice jigs, big buckets; to put the fish in and to sit on, and life jackets for little ones. Then choose a lake that is solidly frozen over, at least four inches thick, which is safer, set up and start ice fishing. Always make sure that children are well supervised and no one should ice fish alone, in case of emergency. You can also take along a thermos of hot cocoa and snacks.

11. Paint Snow Graffiti

Paint Snow Graffiti

Make snow paint by filling clear squirt bottles almost full of water. Add a few drops of food colors to the bottles to make safe snow paint. Then let your children’s creativity rule when they use the snow as a canvas.

12. Feed the Birds

Feed the Birds

You can make natural bird feeders from a host of materials. Make a pinecone bird feeder with birdseed or string popcorn or cranberries on fishing line. You can even hollow out an orange and fill it with bird seeds. Hang them in your yard, and you can watch the birds come to feed in the following days.

13. Building an Igloo

Building an Igloo

Children who have graduated from building snowmen can spend hours constructing an igloo or snow fort. They can use a shovel or their hands to build one of these arctic domes. And they can also learn to say “Seasons Greetings” in other languages.

 

14. Winter Bonfire

Winter Bonfire

Gather around a cozy fire, roast or grill hot dogs and have an outdoor picnic. You can end the meal with smores.

15. Skiing

Skiing

Downhill and cross-country skiing are family favorites during the winter months. Some children start skiing as young as age 2 or 3, but the best age is probably about 5 when kids are more coordinated and less afraid of falling. Young downhill skiers can hit the bunny slopes or green circle trails but should have an adult with them. Ski lessons can help your child learn the ropes. It’s wise to invest in a skiing helmet in case of falls or collisions.

16. Winter Hike

Winter hike

Go on a winter hike in a park or the woods. Collect items you find and glue them to sturdy paper to make a beautiful nature collage. Or take some beautiful snowy pictures. See which animal tracks you can spot around the forest.

17. Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

You can go scavenger hunting outside and I bet you, you will have so much fun! Simply set up a bunch of clues for the kiddos to follow to find the treasure outside. Or, have the kids set up their scavenger hunts for each other or even for you. This is a great winter activity for a family.

18. Play in the Snow

Play in the Snow

Yes! You can play soccer in the snow! Add a snowy twist to your favourite sport, whether it’s soccer, baseball or football, keep warm by running around in the snow. Don’t forget to buy a brightly coloured ball so you don’t lose it!

19. Blizzard Snow Globe

Blizzard Snow Globe

Use the glittery snow outside as inspiration and get the kids’ creative juices flowing by making a blizzard snow globe! To make one, get and clean out an empty baby food jar and fill it with teeny beads, glitter and sparkles. Add water and shake it up—the kids will be dazzled by the glitter!

20. Catch Snowflakes

Catch snowflakes

When the snow starts falling, head outside and catch some snowflakes! See who can catch one on their tongue, or put some dark coloured mittens on and see how long it takes for that one perfect flake to melt away. Show the little ones that every snowflake is different and see who can catch the biggest or coolest one—they’ll love it!

21. Make your own Christmas Tree Ornaments

Make your own Christmas Tree Ornaments

Use some clear, plastic ornaments to get creatively crafty with your kids. Choose a variety of materials, like glow-in-the-dark beads and puffy paint, to make one of these DIY ornaments. Even if Christmas has already passed, you can start crafting for next year’s tree.

22. Ice Egg Hunt

Ice Egg Hunt

It might not be Easter, but winter is the ideal time for an egg hunt with a difference. Pop small toys inside balloons then add some coloured water. Freeze them by leaving them overnight in the garden if it’s set to drop below freezing, or pop in the freezer. Once frozen, cut away the balloon. Hide the ice ‘eggs’ around the garden to find. Once they’re all found create a nest where the small toys can ‘hatch’ (defrost).

23. Play Bowling with Frozen Water Balloons

Play Bowling with Frozen Water Balloons

Fill water balloons with coloured water, let them freeze, break balloons off and use them for outdoor bowling!

24. Puddle Jumping

Puddle Jumping

Pull-on the wellies, grab some waterproofs, and go and make peace with the British winter rain. Jumping in puddles is one of the joys of childhood and, by planning for it, everyone will be happy. A good squelch through some mud will also create fun from the bad weather.

25. Play Pooh Sticks

Play Pooh Sticks

The problem with trying to play Pooh Sticks in summer is that there’s often not enough water in the stream or river. Not so in winter! Grab some sticks and challenge the kids to this much-loved outdoor game. If you’re heading to a popular bridge for the game, such as Pooh Bridge itself, make sure you collect your sticks before you get to the bridge

26. Take a walk

Take a walk

The winter months are a great time to go for walks, with just a warm coat, a thick cap, and a good pair of boots, you can take long walks in winter. Winter walks can offer scenic beauty, especially if you live somewhere that receives snowfall. And, the fresh winter air can be quite refreshing.

27. Geocaching

Geocaching

If your kids love a challenge, and you want to get out and try something new, then geocaching may be for you. Geocaching involves using a GPS to track down mini treasure chests with the rule: if you take something, leave something. You get everything from quizzes to solve to find the coordinates, to micro-caches which are hard to spot. The kids will love hunting for these treasures.

28. Take Your Dog to the Park

If you own a dog, visiting your local park is a great opportunity to get outside during the winter. You can walk your dog or play games like fetch. Plus, having a playful romp with your dog outside will keep both of you warm, too! If you bundle up properly, you and your dog can both enjoy the great outdoors during the winter.

29. Winter Camping

 To winter camp, you will need to get tents, sleeping bags, and clothing that are intended for winter temperatures. You should also pack stove equipment because good firewood is often hard to find in the winter. Don’t forget to check the weather and local conditions before you start your excursion. Get all winter camping gears on Amazon at discounted prices.

30. Exercise Outdoors

Exercise Outdoors

Although cold weather of winter may push some of your workouts indoors, you can still exercise outdoors during much of the winter, with the appropriate clothing. You can continue running outside during the coldest months of the year, with warm clothing and you can also ride bikes too. With the appropriate gear and an eye on the weather, a winter wonderland can be a great place for exercising.

Additional Safety Tips for Outdoor Winter Activities

Here are some safety tips to keep these outdoor winter activities injury-free.

  • Don’t just head out in sneakers, jeans and a sweater under your coat. Think layers. Wear thermal leggings and several layers under your sweater. Wear a hat and gloves.
  • For safe sledding, pick snow-covered not ice-covered gentle slopes that are far from traffic and free of trees and fences. Also, check for snow-covered obstacles, such as large rocks or tree stumps.
  • The safest position on a sled is sitting upright rather than lying flat on the stomach, which increases the chance of head and abdominal injuries.
  • Let your child skate only at rinks or on lakes or ponds where local officials have determined that the ice is strong enough. Kids should skate with friends, never alone because of any emergency. When there are lots of others on the ice, remind your kids to skate in the direction of the crowd and not dart across the ice.
  • Ensure the skiing equipment (skis, boots, and binding) you get for your kids are the correct size so that they will not get hurt using equipment that is too big and hard for them to control. The skis, boots, and bindings all need to be the proper size.
  • All skiers and snowboarders should wear a suitable helmet.
  • Skiers should ski only in designated areas and stay alert for other skiers, especially when crossing trails.
  • When Snowboarding play it safe and have your snowboarder wear a helmet. Lessons are important, especially in safe jumping since jumps are a key part of the sport and also a leading cause of injuries. Snowboarders should not be on the slopes alone.
  • Take frequent breaks to warm up and change out of wet clothes. When it is cold outside, your body can lose heat faster than your body can make it.
  • Find the right head covering. The ideal winter hat will keep your head warm while you are outdoors.
 

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