Oh, the days of January, I love them so. I love that the weather is cold, the garden is sleeping, that it’s the season of chilly walks and coming home to hot chocolate. I love that. But I also love Winter for hibernating, for baking and for cosying up in blankets and watching films. December feels almost manic, socially speaking. January feels like a deep breath — a pause — in the conversation. It’s closer, and darker, and that always feels quieter. And I love that January is the planning month, the hopeful month – the excitement of a new year and all there is to look forward to. It’s fun to be on the cusp of new ideas and new promise with the coming year. The coming decade in this case! Even with all my cosying and hibernating – we do get cooped up and need fun and cheap ways to get the kids outdoors. Don’t you find parenting easier outdoors? Well, at least I find it easier in a wide open outdoor space where you can let the kids go wild and feral and run off their energy! If things are getting fraught inside and kids are bickering – getting the whole family outside is a must for us! It’s perfect for blowing away the hibernating cobwebs too. Last January, I wrote this list of Fun Outdoor Nature Activities for Kids to do in Winter because it’s so tricky to think up ideas for getting the kids outdoors. Often if I go googling (or as my kids say – go and ‘search it up’) for outdoor winter activities for kids – they all revolve around snow! And sadly (so very sadly) we rarely have snow here in January and we most certainly can’t rely on it!
Wild About Winter Outdoor Kids Challenge
We’ll be sharing an easy Winter Outdoor activity every day in January (starting on 2nd January) that will help your kids have fun outdoors this Winter – it’s our ‘Wild About Winter Challenge’. You can do all of the activities in a garden or a local wood or park. Most of them will need no preparation and will be free and you’ll be able to do them with or without any snow! (Although I’m secretly hoping for some snow – wouldn’t it be wonderful?) All of the Fun and Cheap Outdoor Winter Activities are for kiddos of all ages – they’ll be something for everyone – some simple activities along with some more exciting and adventurous ideas too. If you’d like to join in our Wild about Winter challenge, hop along to our Facebook Group Wildling Explorers. We’ll be sharing an idea a day over there, simply click the button to join below. There will be daily posts with full details of each activity in the group. You’ll also be able to meet other like-minded outdoorsy families and share tips and ideas for wild adventures and kids having fun outdoors.
We’ll also be using the #wildlingexplorers over on Instagram and we love you to use it too if you do join in.
If you’ve been thinking that your New Year’s Resolutions will include more family time and more time outdoors – we have a ton of ideas for some creative outdoor activities that kids will love.
30 Ideas for Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids
Here’s the a little sneak preview into the ideas we’ll be sharing…… For full instructions or details on the activity – pop along to Wildling Explorers for the full idea and helpful hints.
Wild About Winter Calendar
Here’s a little freebie for you guys to help you keep up with the challenge – an Outdoor Winter Activity Calendar! We hope you’ll join in too and embrace an outdoor January this year. Keep warm out there, friends. Explore Winter. Have mini outdoor adventures and your kids will love it!
Check out our Awesome Autumn Outdoor Activities for kids to do too!