50 Outdoor Activities for Kids this Winter

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Winter is the perfect season for kids to explore outdoors so wrap up warm, grab your wellie boots & discover all this wonderful season has to offer. Here are 50 Outdoor Activities to get you started. 

1. Explore an outdoor Snow Kitchen

2. Turn yourself into a reindeer & explore the big outdoors.

3. Go sledding! If you have no snow take your sledge for a slide on some frosty grass or mud!

4. Collect some sticks & clay & sculpt some unique creations outdoors.

5. Create some large outdoor art with pastels & tree branches.

6. Go on an icicle hunt
7. Make a snow cave for a favourite toy

8. Explore animal footprints & tracks in the snow/mud. Can you discover which animal made the prints? If you can’t find any prints why not take your toys outdoors & explore the tracks & patterns they leave in the snow.

9. Make a wreath with natural materials
10. Brighten up an early evening with some outdoor play in your backyard with torches! 

11. Have a winter tea party for toys outdoors!

12. Make a simple ice lantern by filling a shallow bowl with water. Add leaves, berries or herbs & float a couple of tea light candles on the top. Freeze outdoors if cold enough, or in your freezer, then light your ice lantern outdoors in the evening.

13. Splash in muddy puddles or scrunch through icy puddles with your wellie boots.

14. Wrap up warm & go on an early morning walk to watch a winter sunrise

15. Make patterns with your footprints on frosty grass.
16. Paint big pictures & patterns in the snow with squeezy bottles & paint.

17. Freeze small toys in ice. How can you get them out?

18. Go on a hunt for spiderwebs, what do they look like in the frost or snow?

19. Make a snow angel!

20. Plant a tree. Visit the Woodland Trust to find out more.
21. Make a winter home with sticks, leaves, moss etc for small winter mammals such as field mice or voles. Turn it into a feeding station by adding a few nuts, seeds, berries or porridge oats.

22. Collect pine cones on a winter walk & take them home to paint.

23. Build a snowman or snow sculpture.

24. Design a trail, maze, or pattern in the snow/mud with sticks.
25. Make an instant mini winter forest using branches from evergreens. Perfect for any friendly fairies or elves living in your backyard.

26. Make small fire with your family & toast marshmallows on sticks.
27. Go star gazing one evening, can you find the brightest star?

28. Turn yourself into a giant by borrowing a pair of adult wellie boots to stomp around in outdoors. How big will your footprints be, how fast can you move in them?
29. Explore coloured ice. If you leave food colouring & water in an ice tray overnight outside does it turn to ice? Why/why not?

30. Make a café for the birds in your neighbourhood.

31. Wrap up in windproof & waterproof clothing & go on a beach walk.

32. Make an outdoor winter fairy garden

33. Catch snowflakes on your tongue.
34. Thread beads & buttons onto ribbons outdoors & use them to decorate a nearby tree.

35. Build an igloo
36. Make a shelter or winter den with tree branches & sticks

37. Make ice decorations to brighten up your backyard.
38. Fill balloons with coloured water & leave to freeze outdoors to make giant ice marbles.
39. Play with toy trucks, diggers & sandpit toys outside in the snow.
40. Explore outdoors in the rain! Here are 20 rainy day play ideas.

41. Build a birdhouse. Here are a few suggestions for nest boxes from The British Trust for Ornithology.
42. Create a garland or frame from natural materials.

43. Play outdoors on a windy winter day with these 10 activities.
44. Get gardening & plant some bulbs ready for Spring.

45. Make a winter obstacle course with lots of things to jump over, crawl under & run between. If you have plenty of snow why not use it to build the obstacles.
46. Challenge friends to a snowball competition. Who can throw the furthest, or who can make the biggest snowball?

47. Go on a sound hunt! What does Winter sound like where you are?

48. Freeze ice in large containers such as dishes/sweet tin lids & take favourite toys ice skating & dancing on the ice.
49. Build a snow castle! Or if you have no snow build an outdoor castle with plastic building blocks.

50. Go on a woodland walk with a friend & discover a winter wonderland.

Whatever the weather is like with you this season I hope you’re enjoying manyhappy outdoor adventures together.  

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50 Outdoor Activities for Kids this Spring!

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We’re celebrating Spring by sharing 50 of our favourite Outdoor Activities for Kids to enjoy this season! It’s such a great time of year to explore & perfect for encouraging plenty of play, as well as discovering all that nature has to offer!

So here are our 50 favourite activities to enjoy out & about this Springtime!
1. Spring is the perfect time to grow your own fruit or vegetables. (If you have limited space here are a few ideas to inspire.)

2. Grab your wellies & splash, jump & play in the mud.

3. Listen to the trees in a spring breeze.

4. Help peg out the washing outside!

5. Make a bug hotel for local insects.

6. Plant some sunflower seeds. Why not give some to friends & have a sunflower growing competition

7. Have a jumping race around a local park. How many jumps does it take to get to the bench, the path, etc.

8. Blow bubbles with a friend & take it in turns to run & catch them.

9. Grab a bike, scooter or trike & set off on an adventure with all your family.

10. Go puddle jumping… & encourage the adults to join in too!

11. Go on a snowdrop walk with your family, or see if you can spot them as you walk around your neighbourhood.

12. Make a rainbow wand & dance with it around your garden or local park.

13. Plant some Spring flowers in a container & take them to a neighbour as a gift.

14. Scatter some wildflower seeds around your garden to help attract insects this summer.

15. Make a simple birdbath.

16. Go on a worm hunt.

17. Visit your local beach.

18. Wrap up in your waterproofs & go exploring in the rain.

19. Make a den with your family in a nearby woodland.

20. Play with indoor toys outside! (Plastic toys are ideal for this.)

21. Have a picnic or snack outside in the Spring sunshine.

22. Go on an evening walk & watch the sunset.

23. Instead of having a playdate indoors why not go on a walk together!

24. Climb up a hill… roll down a hill!

25. Collect sticks.

26. Play ‘Pooh Sticks’ over a bridge with your family & friends.

27. Go on an Easter egg hunt.

28. Paint outside walls, sheds & garden fences with paintbrushes & water.

29. Wash the windows! So much soapy fun to be had!

30. Make a kite & explore what happens when you run with it on a windy day.

31. Visit your local playground.

32. Discover newly born chicks.

33. Hold a Spring tea party for favourite toys

34. Make Spring Hats & have an outdoor parade.

35. Go on a blossom hunt & make blossom confetti! Throw it, catch it, dance in it!

36. Take a walk to feed the ducks. Can you spot any new ducklings?

37. Hug a tree! What signs of Spring can you see on the tree?

38. Collect a favourite pebble on a walk & turn it into a Pebble Pal!

39. Keep bubble bottles & turn them into a Spring Wind Chimes

40. Go on a Spring hunt looking for signs of Spring?

41. Visit a nearby pond with family & go pond dipping. Can you find any tadpoles?

42. Play ‘hide & seek’ in the Spring sunshine.

43. Search for daisies & make a daisy chain.

44. Create some Land Art with items collected from a nature walk.

45. Take a large cardboard box outside to play in… what will it turn into?

46. Explore a bluebell wood (April/May)

47. Look for moths/butterflies hiding under plants.

48. Make a simple bird feeder!

49. Climb a tree!

50. Visit a local woodland & go bird spotting. Which birds can your see or hear?

Have a great time outdoors exploring Spring!

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50 Outdoor Activities for Kids this Autumn

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Looking for creative activities to explore outdoors with children this season?
Here are 50 nature-themed ideas to inspire lots of outdoor adventures, whatever the weather. 

1. Make Toadstools for your garden

2. Paint & create patterns in your backyard with water & brushes.

3. Create an outdoor structure with weaving ribbons

4. Go on a bear hunt around your backyard, neighbourhood, or local woodland.

5 Make a magic nature wand

6. Go on a hunt for spider webs first thing in the morning. What do they look like when the sun shines on them, or when decorated with dew?

7. Capture the pattern of a leaf or a flower in some clay. 

8. Explore hibernation & build yourself a den outdoors. Use branches & leaves, or chairs & a sheet. What would you take with you into your den if you were going to hibernate over winter?

9. Make a mini outdoor shelter for some pebble pals

10. Wrap up warm & go on a beach walk on a windy day.

11. Create an outdoor nature hanging

12. DANCE, JUMP & PLAY in a pile of leaves!

13. Go on a leaf hunt & see how many different colours & textures you can find.

14. Make your own compost by raking up the leaves from your garden & adding them to a bin bag. Punch a few holes in the side & base of the bag & add a little water. Tie the bag & leave over the winter, & next Autumn you should have some homemade leaf mulch to use around the base of your plants.

15. Get digging & plant some bulbs ready for Spring!

16. Go blackberry picking in the countryside

17. Go apple picking & taste apples straight from the tree!

18. Make prints with muddy wellie boots! Great for exploring patterns, shapes & textures.

19. Wrap up warm one evening & go star gazing. Which constellations can you see?

20. Make your own Hedgehog from clay & sticks like these ones.

21. Collect some sticks & build a hedgehog house.

22. Become a detective & look for animal or bird prints on the ground.

23. Create an upcycled outdoor music station with some old spoons!

24. Play outside on a windy day with a pot of bubbles & watch them fly!

25. Enjoy some messy play outdoors with paint & pine cones

26. Go on a tree hunt with paper & wax crayons! Make bark rubbings of each tree you find, & check out the different patterns.

27. Make a 3D Autumn Canvas with conkers, leaves, sticks & more!

28. Grow your own tree! Plant an acorn or a conker in a plant pot & watch what happens next Spring!

29. Make an Outdoor Kitchen with a few old pots & pans, & use nature findings as the ingredients.

30. Go on a crunchy leaf walk with friends. Take a bag & see how many nature goodies you can collect. Why not make your own nature scavenger hunt.

31. Make & plant your own stick tree 

32. Add a bucket & spade to mud & explore. How many mud pies can you make?

33. Pick your own Pumpkin and decorate it with your family.

34. Turn sycamore seeds into helicopters. How high can you throw them & how fast will they spin?

35. Be inspired by the colours of Autumn & create your own Autumn Leaf Owls

36. Help the birds make a nest with mud & sticks

37. Paint with leaves instead of paintbrushes.

38. Make a drum kit with sunflowers!

39. Go on an Autumn Gruffalo hunt!

40. Play outdoors in the rain! Here are 20 ideas for outdoor play on a wet day.

41. Make a Café for the birds in your garden

42. Play hide & seek. If you only have a small outdoor space, why not hide small toys outdoors for the kids to find.

43. Climb a tree.

44. Explore a haystack at harvest with your family

45. Create a game of Autumn Tic-Tac-Toe with conkers, acorns & sticks!

46. Read, Play & Build with a book outdoors

47. Visit a local park on a chilly day. While you’re running around can see your breath? Why do you think that is?

48. Explore play dough, seeds, leaves & twigs outdoors.

49. Harvest seeds from plants in your garden ready to use next year.

50. Create your own Land Art

You might also be interested in our “50 Outdoor Activities for Spring
or our “50 Outdoor Activities for Summer

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