15 Best Outdoor and Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

Outdoor winter activities for toddlers

Winter is on its way, and in some regions, it has already arrived! And, while it may be tempting to stay indoors, did you know that going outside may provide you and your kids with a variety of exciting activities? And if you live somewhere where there is snow, you have even more motivation to get outside! However, before allowing your children to roam freely outside, remember to keep an eye on them at all times to ensure their safety. In fact, go play with them so you can keep an eye on them while also bonding with them!

With that in mind, here are some fun outdoor winter activities for your toddlers:

  • Sledding – There’s nothing quite like gliding through the cold breeze on a sled. You only need to find a suitable hill or be the one to pull or push your children on their sled. And, yes, you can make your own sled with ease!
  • Snowball fight – a popular wintertime game that requires very little – just snow!
  • Snow angels – Make a snow angel by lying down. You may make it more interesting by adding elements like a face and accessories!
  • Create a snowman – Make your own snowman complete with eyes made of rocks or buttons, a carrot for the nose, and arms made of twigs!
  • Build a snow fort or igloo – After you’ve finished building your snowman, you can continue on to building your own igloo or snow fort. To dig up a dome, all you need is a small shovel or your hands!

Best indoor winter activities

Sure, playing in the snow is great, but it’s normal that some days you just want to stay in your house and make a fire in the fireplace. It is, nonetheless, important to keep your children occupied during the winter months! With that said, here are some fun indoor winter activities for your kids.

  • DIY Christmas decorations. Your family should be reflected in your Christmas tree. Allow your children to decorate their Christmas tree whatever they wish (with a little guidance from you of course).
  • Bake. Nothing beats a warm batch of baked goods when it’s cold outside! This will also inspire your children to become more familiar with the kitchen!
  • DIY snowman decor – You may make snowmen out of popsicle sticks, cotton, socks, and other materials.
  • Board games – Bring out your board games and play a game that may be enjoyed by people of all ages! This is a fun opportunity for the entire family to get together.

Best Outdoor and Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

Take advantage of the chilly winter season in a variety of methods and activities! Here are some fun winter activities for kids to do outside and inside.


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We just got through a cold snap here in Ontario, but that’s okay because it’s perfect for our project this week! We are bringing you a great idea for a unique outdoor Christmas display.

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11. Creating The Perfect Frozen Bubble

We have tried for years to create the gorgeous frozen bubbles you see splashed around on various media outlets during the the polar vortex deep freezes every winter. Inevitably it always failed. It took years of practice, lots of research into the science, testing and experimentation, and waiting for the perfect weather conditions until finally we achieved success!

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10. Free Preschool Winter Worksheets 

Get these free printable preschool winter worksheets to help keep your kids busy this winter while they learn! You’ll get five fun sheets with a snowman theme.

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9. Free Printable Winter Bingo

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8. Frosty the Snowman

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Each year, as the weather starts to turn chilly, I find myself scouring my imagination (and the Internet) for indoor-appropriate, child-friendly, and inexpensive craft projects. (I know, it’s a tall order.) One of my favorite finds is this cookie cutter bird feeder recipe!

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