At this time of year, with colder and darker nights it can be incredibly challenging to muster up the motivation to do outdoor activities with your little one. But we believe that there is no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothing!
Our number one tip is to be prepared! Get out your wellies, your raincoat and some woolly layers and venture out to your local parks or woodland areas to explore the wonders that nature provides. There are so many amazing learning opportunities and benefits that the great outdoors can provide both you and your little one.
Whether you have a baby, toddler or pre-schooler, there are plenty of easy and low-cost outdoor activity ideas to do with your little one(s). Read on to get some outdoor activity idea inspiration for this winter.
Now you’re all snug and warm in the right clothing, why not take your little one out on a scavenger hunt? Head to your local park or woodland area and see what you can spot. We’ve put together a printable scavenger hunt activity sheet that you can use as a guide.
You can spend time ticking each discovery off the list, discussing the names and texture of objects like twigs or leaves. With toddlers or pre-schoolers you could have fun checking items off the list or make this into a counting game. With a baby you could focus more on providing a sensory activity like feeling the texture of leaves in their hands. Of course, ensuring this is done safely and that you avoid items going into mouths.
When it’s raining, why not embrace this? Get dressed up in wellies and waterproof clothing or clothing you don’t mind getting a bit wet, find some puddles and splash to your hearts content! A wonderfully simple sensory activity that’s fun for everyone involved.
You could also visit your local park. Despite it being wet and soggy, your little one won’t mind! Take a towel with you and wipe down the play area equipment before you use them and have fun.
Do you have a favourite outdoor family activity? We’d love to see what you get up to – tag us in your photos on social media and share your ideas with other families.