Keeping your kids entertained during the winter months can be challenging. The temperature drops, there’s often more rain and it gets darker a lot quicker. This can make it difficult to keep them warm and dry. So it’s not hard to see why so many parents choose to keep their kids indoors during this time. But even though it’s cold, that shouldn’t stop you from encouraging your kids to play outside. It provides them with the exercise they need to keep their bodies fit and healthy. It also encourages you to spend time doing something fun together as a family. So if you don’t want your kids to spend all winter indoors, try these fantastic outdoor activities.
Go for a bike ride
Family bike rides are ideal for cold, crisp mornings and encourage your kids to explore their neighbourhood. You could ride to local parks in your area or research family-friendly bicycle routes on Google Maps. This can be an activity your whole family can take part in and look forward to each week. It can also help to keep you all fit and healthy during the long winter months. Before you set off, always make sure you buy bicycle insurance and suitable safety gear for your family. You should also make sure each bike is functioning correctly. Try to avoid going to bike rides when there is snow on the ground as this can be extremely hazardous.
Grab your camera
Children are fascinated by nature and love taking photos on cameras or smartphones. So why not combine the two? You can plan a nature photography expedition in your garden to excited and please your kids. They can use their own camera to take photographs of the animals or landscapes around your home. If you don’t have a garden, another option is to visit a nearby forest or park. Like cycling, this activity also encouraged exploration and discovery. It can teach your children about local wildlife and how to use a camera correctly. This activity can be even more enjoyable if it has been snowing. The beautiful photographs your children produce can then be displayed around your home.
Build a bonfire
Another outdoor activity your family will adore is building a bonfire. While this will require adult supervision, your kids can still help to gather twigs and branches from your garden. You can even turn this into a competition to see who can collect the most. Once your bonfire is built and lit, you can enjoy a picnic, share stories and toast marshmallows. There’s no better way to enjoy the cold and spend quality time together. Remember that your children will need constant supervision when in the presence of a bonfire. You should also do plenty of research and get advice on what is safe to burn and what isn’t.
To ensure your family enjoys these activities as much as possible, you need to prepare in advance. Make sure they have warm clothing that can be easily layered. Hats and gloves are a must too. This can help keep your family comfortable while also helping you all avoid colds and flu.