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.
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.
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!