Friday, January 3, 2014

10 After School Activities to try in January {Outdoor Winter Fun without Snow}

outdoor winter fun ideas without snow for kids

We get snow once or twice each winter, if we're lucky. However, it's pretty cold, so it's easy to hole up and not want to come out until spring, but that's no fun. We try to venture out every afternoon for a bit regardless. Sometimes we (really me) need a little more motivation than heading to the playground or playing a favorite childhood game. Here is a list of ideas we might try this January. Join us!

10 Easy After School Learning Activities with Outdoor Fun
  1. Make a cranberry and popcorn garland to string on a tree for the birds and squirrels.
  2. Take a walk through an arboretum to see how the garden looks in winter.
  3. Take a pair of binoculars out to look for birds.  Take a field guide to help you identify your sightings.  Get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count happening in February.  
  4. Gather up thick blankets and take thermoses of hot soups and fresh baked cookies to the park for a picnic.  Make sure to take an excellent chapter book to read aloud.
  5. Make or print a winter scavenger hunt (Pinterest has just a few, take your pick) and head out for the afternoon.  Have hot tea when you return.
  6. Plant spring bulbs if it hasn't gotten too cold in your area.
  7. Hang some fairy lights, add some LED candles and take the music outdoors for a dance party.
  8. Explore shadows...measure, trace, and/or photograph shadows you find.  
  9. Go fly a kite.  It seems like it's windier here in winter than any other time of the year.  Besides, the colors look pretty against the gray sky.
  10. Bundle up and head to a zoo. It's fun to see the cold weather animals more active than when we visit in the summer.  


Unknown said...

I hear you on the snow. We use to live in Minnesota and once the snow arrived it was there to stay until spring. Here you get it a couple times a year and you need to enjoy it right then, cause it will melt.

Great ideas =)
Happy New Year!

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

Some lovely ideas, winter outdoors is so underestimated

Deceptively Educational said...

Great ideas, Kelly! I love your blog redesign too!!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

For us winter is a wonderful time to go on hikes - we need to get one of those bird guides! I also love your blog redesign.

Carrie said...

Some wonderful ideas!! We may try some when it warms up a bit (right now we have -20 with wind chill, so it is not safe to be out too long and we have lots of snow). Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Ticia said...

I LOVE that you shared stuff that isn't for snow. It drives me nuts that everything winter is snow all the time and I don't have snow.

Kim Vij said...

Love your new blog design Kelly! Living in Florida we're always looking for fun things to do outdoors in the cooler weather.

Veens @ Our Ordinary Life said...

We never get snow here! But it does get cold a little, but you just need a shawl in the night these days :) Loads of great ideas, and lovely new design :)

Colette said...

Love the idea of the cranberry & popcorn garland! Will have to remember that for when my two are bigger x

Unknown said...

Love this collection of ideas! Thanks for linking up to the outdoor play party.