Now that the weather has turned colder and we have mostly moved indoors, it takes a bit more creativity to keep active outside and get in some fresh air.
Here are 10 fun outdoor winter activities submitted by momstown Oakville for kids that will make outdoor time as much fun as it can be when the temperature dips into below zero territory!
1. Make snow paint. Simply add food coloring to water or add water to some washable paint and put in a spray bottle, then go out and paint your yard!
2. Blow bubbles! Bubbles in the winter? Why not? Kids will love seeing what happens when they blow bubbles in below zero temperatures. For a great homemade bubble recipe, click here.
3. Set up an obstacle course in the yard with jumps, tunnels and other challenges.
4. Forget mud pies, make snow pies! Borrow some pans from the kitchen. Use them to create cakes for a cold-weather feast. Or make a snow castle using pails and shovels from your summer beach toys.
5. Pitching practice. Paint a bull's-eye target on a piece of cardboard or wood and give each colored ring a point value. Attach it to a tree or put it up against a wall and kids can try to hit the target with snowballs. Keep score for a prize like extra marshmallows on a post game hot chocolate!
6. Have a coloured ice cube scavenger hunt. Add food colouring and water to your ice cube trays and then hide them around the yard for kids to find. You can assign each child a colour. To avoid wet glove you can give out big spoons or tongs to use to pick up the ice cubes.
7. Snow faces. Use snow to make faces on large trees. Pack the snow onto the tree to make eyes, a nose and mouth. Make a funny face, a happy face, a sad face, a surprised face, etc. I totally remember doing this as a kid!
8. Snow Soccer! Play the same fun game by kicking the ball into the net on the snow and not the grass! Makes for silly fun when you fall down!
9. Can you make a snow angel? How about another snow shape? Use your body to make animals in the snow....can you stretch out your arms to make an elephant's trunk? You can even get together with friends to lie down in the snow to make letters! Grab a friend to make a letter "T"!
10. Shovelling! Kids love to help move the snow around with their little shovels or buckets. Make it a game, a race or even put on some music while you get that driveway cleared!
And of course making a snowman, a snowfort, going sliding and going for a walk through the snow are always great too.