Just because it is winter time doesn’t mean that you can’ take your toddler outside to play.
Although your play time may be limited in the winter time there are still a lot of fun activities that you can do with your toddler or preschooler to get some fresh air during those winter months.
5 Outdoor Activities for Toddlers In Winter
Build a Snowman
You probably remember building snowmen when you were a kid, so why not give your child the same kind of memories.
There is nothing more fun than rolling around a big ball of snow and watching your snowman take shape. Of course, your toddler isn’t going to be able to build a big snowman all by himself but he can definitely help roll the snow and help design the snowman.
To get your toddler even more interested in making a snowman, get a snowman making kit that includes every accessory you need to finish your snowman. This helps get children even more involved as they can place the different items on the snowman just like they want it
You don’t have to have hills where you live to enjoy taking your young child sledding. In fact most of the best sleds for toddlers have pull ropes that allow you to pull your child across the snow instead of just letting them go down a hill.
You can pull your child in a toddler sled across your yard and just give them a chance to enjoy riding in the snow. You can even get your child to pull one of their favorite dolls or toys around in the sled so they can get up and run around in the snow as well.
If you do take your young child sledding down any type of hills, be sure to test the hill out first to see if they it is safe for a younger child. It if start getting too slick or the hill is too steep stick to pulling your child around on flat ground until they are older.
Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean that you can’t go on a short nature walk with your child. In fact, you can do your own nature walk right in your own yard if you want or head to a local part for a few minutes.
If you have newly fallen snow that hasn’t been trampled yet, look for animal tracks in the snow and you can help your child guess what type of animal may have been there.
You can also look for things like evergreen trees that stay green all year long as well as see if you can find things like pine cones on your walk.
Your winter nature walk doesn’t have to be long as you can easily do a 10 minute walk around your yard just pointing out different parts of nature for your toddler.
It can be a bunch of fun to get the whole family involved in a snowball fight or some sort of snowball game. Even if your child can’t form their own snowball yet, they can still have a ton of fun throwing snow or throwing the snowballs you make for them.
Instead of throwing snowballs at each other you can always make a fun game of hitting a certain target outdoors. You choose a tree as a target or even the side of your garage if you want. Choose a target that your child can actually hit to help them enjoy the game even more.
If you have more than one child you can even have a competition to see who can make the biggest snowball and see where your child’s imagination goes.
Make Colorful Ice Art
Making colorful ice art sculptures takes a little planning ahead but it can be a ton of fun for toddlers and preschoolers.
Freeze some water mixed with different colors of food coloring into various blocks and shapes. You can have small blocks with regular ice cube trays or even use things like small sand buckets or other containers to make larger pieces.
You can combine the colorful blocks of ice along with the snow and have your child build their own beautiful ice sculpture.
Toddlers love the different colors of the ice and it can be fun watching what they build with all the different pieces put together.
Safety Tips for Playing Outdoors During Winter
If you plan on doing any of these outdoor winter activities with your child, then make sure that you follow some simple safety precautions before heading outdoors.
Before stepping outside make sure that your child along with you are both bundled up and your skin is covered to protect you from the cold. Be sure to put on winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves, waterproof boots, and warm socks.
You may find that with younger kids your time may be limited outdoors during the winter as you may only get in 15 minutes outdoors before your child starts complaining they are too wet or cold. Don’t push your child to stay out longer if this happens.
Also, be on the lookout for any signs of possible frostbite in your child. If your child complains that any part of their body, especially their hands or feet hurt, it’s time to come in and examine them.
Lastly, make sure to stay hydrated after playing outdoors. Even though it is so cold outside, a child can still get dehydrated from physical activities. With toddlers you probably won’t be outside long enough that you need to bring a drink outdoors with you, but do make sure to give them plenty of fluids once you are inside.
Toddlers and actually kids of all ages need time to get outside and get physical activity even when it is cold and snowing. Keep it fun for your child this winter and plan some fun outdoor winter activities that your toddler will look forward to every week.