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101 Winter Activities for Kids

Jennifer Stauffer
Nov. 1, 2017

Winter activities for kids are a great way to keep kids entertained when it's harder to get out and about. Not sure how to keep the kids from getting bored when the temperature drops?

Try a few of these ideas to inspire family fun:

  1. Use a variety of containers to mold snow.
  2. Write a winter tale.
  3. Make snowmen out of unwanted socks.
  4. Have a winter camp-out indoors.
  5. Watch a winter-inspired movie.
  6. Make an igloo out of pillows.
  7. Make s'mores.
  8. Start a weather journal to measure the snow.
  9. Read a book.
  10. Use masking tape to make an indoor maze.
  11. Play Simon Says in the snow.
  12. Take a walk in the backyard to spot some winter animals.
  13. Make snow angels.
  14. Write a bucket list for the warmer months ahead.
  15. Make penguins from empty toilet paper rolls.
  16. Bundle up and go for a walk.
  17. Practice tracing with cookie cutters.
  18. Make a snowy sensory bin.
  19. Start an indoor garden.
  20. Make a cardboard cabin.
  21. Paint the snow.
  22. Let your kids photograph the latest snowfall.
  23. Remember it's never too cold for ice cream.
  24. Join your kids for a family sleepover in their room.
  25. Have a family talent show.
  26. Use rubber gloves to make finger puppets.
  27. Play hide and seek.
  28. Use only flashlights after the sun goes down.
  29. Go on a virtual vacation.
  30. Teach your kids a new card game.
  31. Have an indoor picnic.
  32. Sculpt with snow.
  33. Have a winter fashion show.
  34. Build with Legos.
  35. Find the biggest hill near you and go sledding.
  36. Paint a winter landscape.
  37. Have a snowball fight tournament.
  38. Design homemade greeting cards for the holidays.
  39. Create a paper mache snowman indoors.
  40. Play board games.
  41. Fight the winter blues by making a list of your favorite things.
  42. Make paper bag animals.
  43. Set up an indoor obstacle course.
  44. Have a proper tea party.
  45. Share old photos with the kids.
  46. Make paper snowflakes.
  47. Construct a blanket fort.
  48. Have a pillow fight.
  49. Enjoy free e-books.
  50. Make your own playdough.
  51. Build a snow fort out of a snowbank.
  52. Do a puzzle together.
  53. Visit someone who may be lonely.
  54. Get out the crayons and coloring books.
  55. Play dress-up.
  56. Visit a frozen creek (but don't step on the ice).
  57. Make a batch of fluffy cloud dough.
  58. Add extra bubbles to a warm bath.
  59. Turn off the lights for a game of flashlight tag.
  60. Make a structure out of marshmallows and toothpicks.
  61. Forget the cold and make Popsicles!
  62. Put on some music and have a dance party with glow sticks.
  63. Make a family newspaper.
  64. Visit your local library.
  65. See who can collect the most loose change around the house.
  66. Let the kids create with blank paper.
  67. Build a snowman.
  68. Try I Spy when everything is covered with snow.
  69. Volunteer in your community.
  70. Have an at-home spa day with the kids.
  71. Have hot cocoa and be generous with the marshmallows.
  72. Make something from all those empty boxes after the holidays.
  73. Dress up and act like your favorite characters.
  74. Visit indoor play spaces.
  75. Have a paper airplane air show.
  76. Cook together.
  77. Try to recreate your favorite winter memories.
  78. Take advantage of online gaming.
  79. Make rock snowmen by painting and stacking stones.
  80. Line up chairs and make a theater at home.
  81. Make a winter photo album.
  82. Go for a drive in search of holiday lights.
  83. Catch snowflakes on your tongue.
  84. Look online for free printables.
  85. Bury small toys outside for a snowy treasure hunt.
  86. Play freeze tag inside.
  87. Make snowflakes from paper plates and hang them up.
  88. Repurpose old or broken toys.
  89. Try minute-to-win-it games.
  90. Ignore the blizzard outside and enjoy a beach-themed party inside.
  91. Make homemade decorations for the winter holidays.
  92. Donate unwanted coats and toys.
  93. Make a batch of salt dough and preserve their creations.
  94. Go ice skating.
  95. Drive through a car wash.
  96. Check out free admission to local attractions during winter break.
  97. Make your own board game.
  98. Try bowling outside with snowballs.
  99. Go for a brisk winter jog.
  100. Display all those winter projects in your own art gallery.
  101. Make some feeders for the hungry animals outside.

How many of these winter activities for kids can your family do before spring? And if you're stuck in snow for a while, check out 8 Fun Snow Day Activities for Kids.

Jennifer Stauffer was a teacher before working on Capitol Hill in PR and legislation. She now blogs about parenting and pop culture at Mom Tattles.

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