10 Winter Activity Ideas…

With the temperatures hitting freezing and schools being closed for snow days, you are probably finding yourself spending more time indoors than you would like.

Half Term is not far away, so if you need some ideas on how to entertain the children during this cold weather then keep on reading.

I have put together 10 activities that I love best, I hope they can give you some inspiration!

1) PAINT SNOW

If you are lucky enough (or unlucky) to have experienced snow this year than this activity is a must to try. My daughter loves spraying things, it is normally the cleaning products she gets her hands on. Grab an empty spray bottle, put some powdered tempera paint in the bottom (around 2-3 heaped spoons) fill the rest with water, then give it a good mix.

2) PAPER PLATE PENGUIN

This one is actually quite simple. You just fold the paper plate to make a point at the top, then fold the top down. This will act as the beak. Paint, add eyes, feet, beak anything you like.

3) COTTON WOOL SNOWMAN

This works best on black card. Use cotton wool balls dipped in white paint to make the snowman using dabbing motions. Then add your arms, nose, eyes and hat.

4) PAINT WITH ICE

Squeeze some paint into an ice cube tray. Add some lollipop sticks and pop in the freezer. When it is done you can paint with the ice cubes and watch the colour release!

5) WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT

Pour some food colouring into a winter themed mould and pop in the freezer. Once frozen take them out the mould (some warm water will help) and hide them around the garden. If you have snow this will be a lot more fun to hide and find!

6) FAKE SNOW

You can buy fake snow from the shops, it’s a powder that mixes with water and expands into a ‘snow’ like appearance. Put this in a tray and add some winter characters/animals. Polar bears, penguins or even characters from the film Frozen. Start pretend play.

7) SNOWMAN

Have a snowman building competition or build a giant snowman together. If you have a Frozen fanatic child like mine, they will want to build Olaf.

8) SLEDGING

Find a hill and sledge down it. Have a race, see who can reach the bottom first.

9) ARTIC SENSORY PLAY

Freeze some objects in a large bowl. Do this one layer at a time so the objects freeze in different layers. You can freeze little snowflakes or winter craft accessories to give it more of an effect. Use a baster in some warm water and squirt over the ice to begin melting away. Let them use a magnifying glass to have a look around their ice and check for the objects.

10) BUBBLE SCIENCE

Put some bubble solution into a cup and blow using a straw to create a mass of bubbles. Leave outside and watch the bubbles freeze! If it’s cold enough this will happen very quickly. Too windy and this one can be difficult.

I hope this can give you some ideas on things to do if you are having snow days or struggling to find entertainment during half term! Let me know your winter activity ideas in the comments below!

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11 Comments

  1. goldenpineappleblog
    February 4, 2019 / 9:13 pm

    omg that paper penguin is the cutest! Great ideas here, thank you 🙂

  2. jessicadepasquale
    February 4, 2019 / 10:22 pm

    These are great ideas! Winter is such a “boring” time – these activities will come in handy!

  3. Tessa Christianson
    February 5, 2019 / 3:15 pm

    These ideas are so smart! I am always looking for ideas for fun activities to do with my nephews in the winter and I am obsessed with the idea of painting with ice. How have I never heard of that before? Thank you for sharing!

    • Dani Shuttleworth
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you, I hope you enjoy trying some of these out!

  4. February 5, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    Paper plate penguin is so cute!! Anything with animals and crafts are fun. Bubble science seems like a fun one too. Nice list!

    • Dani Shuttleworth
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you!

  5. February 5, 2019 / 7:03 pm

    Great list! Kids can get so restless when they are stuck inside or can’t go anywhere!

    • Dani Shuttleworth
      Author
      February 5, 2019 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you, they sure can!

  6. February 7, 2019 / 6:27 am

    No reason to feel bored and hybernate inside your home with these activities! Have fun and enjoy the white season.

  7. February 7, 2019 / 6:29 am

    No reason to feel bored and hybernate indoor with these activities! Enjoy the white season.

  8. blair villanueva
    February 7, 2019 / 8:17 am

    Seems like there is no valid reason to feel bored and stay hibernating indoors with these activities. Enjoy the white season!

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