The Best Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

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Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean you and the kids should be cooped up indoors all winter. There’s plenty of fun activities to do outside that gets you fresh air, exercise and closer to nature.But before you and the kids going running out in the cold and snow, prepare yourselves with the right equipment and warm clothing. Remember to wear your thermal leggings, coats, hats, gloves, and the right shoes. Think layers.  Here are some fun things to do with the kids this winter:

 

Have a Snowman Building Contest

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Kids and adults love building snowmen. It can be quite challenging for younger kids so it would ideal If you paired off or challenged each other by groups.  There are plenty of materials already in your home to decorate your snowmen like old hats and scarves. Your backyard probably had plenty of old branches or rocks for arms and to make a face. Get creative and go beyond the traditional looking snowman.

 

Make Ice Bubbles

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On days that are particularly cold, it’s fun to blow soap bubbles and see them freeze and turn into ice bubbles. Not only that, the look pretty amazing.

 

Flashlight Tag

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Flashlight tag is a great way for the kids to get some exercise. Instead of tagging each other with their hands, the kids tag each other with beams of light. The game can get pretty confusing, and it’s hard to keep track on who’s “it” or who is winning, but it doesn’t really matter. The point is, chasing each other around is good fun.

 

Gather Around the Bonfire and Make S’mores

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This is a classic favorite, and even adults love sitting around a warm fire making s’mores. Keep an eye on smaller children and make sure they’re not getting too close to the flames. Before going out, have your graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, and sticks ready. Don’t forget to pack warm drinks if you plan to be out there a while, roasting marshmallows and swapping campfire stories.

 

Build Snow Forts

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Another great way to get off the living room couch and get some exercise is to go outside and build forts. Don’t build them too far from each other otherwise; you’ll exhaust yourselves trying to hurl snowballs great distances.  Or you can choose to build one big fort for the whole family!