19 Fun Winter Activities For Kids

19 Fun Winter Activities For Kids

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Winter is coming.

No, that is not a Game of Thrones’ reference. Just a gentle reminder that you must be ready with winter games and activities to keep your child busy and entertained during the holiday season. MomJunction has compiled a list of games and activities for kids in winter, which will come in handy especially when you are not going out on vacation!

Want to know what they are? Keep reading!

Fun Winter Games For Kids

For a kid, winters are about playing in the snow, inside the house, and anywhere else they can! So here is a list of winter games you can play with the kids!

1. Snowman Slam

Snowman Slam

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Slamming the snowman can be fun. But this is a no-snow game, which means your kids will be playing this game indoors. And, here’s how you do it!

You will need:

  • 6 large white paper cups
  • Brown velvet paper
  • Orange velvet paper
  • Glue
  • Cotton (lots of it!)

How to:

  1. Cut 12 small circles from the brown paper for making the snowman’s eyes. Cut some smaller circles for the mouth.
  2. Cut tiny triangles for the nose. Turn the cups upside down and stick the eyes, nose, and mouth as shown in the image.
  3. Prepare baseball-sized rounds with the cotton. Make them bulky and strong.
  4. Arrange the snowmen in the form of a pyramid and give the cotton balls to the kids.
  5. See if they can tumble all the snowmen from five feet, eight feet, ten feet, and more!

Play for as long as your kid wants!

[ Read: Outdoor Games For Kids ]

2. Snowman bingo

Snowman bingo

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Snowman bingo is a fun game for kids, but not so much for the parent! Why? Because it is the parent who has to create the snowman-themed bingo cards.

You will need:

  • Plain bingo cards or chart paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sketches or pens

Preparation:

You can opt for the simpler snowman-themed word bingo or the complicated image bingo. For image bingo, you will have to draw small pictures of the nose, scarf, eyes, hat, mittens, snowflakes, and anything else you can associate with a snowman. In the other version, you just write the words.

  1. Cut the chart paper into squares and make a 5×5 bingo grid. The grid size can be big or small depending on the type of bingo you choose to play.
  2. Draw the images or write in words.

Make as many bingo cards as there are kids to play. You could also print out snowman bingo cards from the internet.

How to:

  1. Give each kid a bingo card.
  2. Randomly call out a word or an object on the bingo cards.
  3. The kid who strikes out all images or words on the card wins!

3. Snowball relay

Snowball relay

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When you have a lot of kids to engage on a snowy day, the snowball relay is a game you can rely on. You could also play this in schools and communities.

You will need:

  • Snowballs
  • Space to play
  • Two buckets

You will need at least ten kids to play this game.

How to:

  1. Divide the children into two or three teams, depending on the number of kids.
  2. Ask the kids to stand in a line, with a gap of at least five feet among them.
  3. Put one bucket with snowballs at one end of the line and an empty bucket on the other.
  4. On ‘Go’, the kid standing at the end of the line picks a snowball and passes it to the next one. And that kid gives the snowball, without breaking it, to the next kid and so on.
  5. The team that gets most snowballs to the other end without breaking them wins!

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4. Freeze

Freeze

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Freeze is a musical game where the kids get to dance to their favorite tunes. That is until you, the ‘snow lord’, turn them into statues.

You will need:

  • Music
  • Space to dance

How to:

  1. Clear some space in the room for the dancers.
  2. Play the music and ask the kids to dance any way they want.
  3. But when the music stops, they have to freeze like statues, in whatever pose they were.

Take pics of the kids as soon as they freeze and show it to them! We guarantee that your cheeks will hurt from laughing.

5. Snowy treasure hunt

Snowy treasure hunt

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Treasure hunts are passé. But add snow to the equation, and they suddenly become appealing. You may be wondering how in the world is someone supposed to find treasure buried in snow?

Well, you gotta play it to know it!

You will need:

  • Small pieces of paper
  • Stick
  • Thread
  • Objects to hide, big or small depending on how deep the snow is

How to:

  1. You can play this game inside the house or out in the snow.
  2. Set up a series of clues or objects that the children have to look for. Don’t hide them too well or bury them too deep in the snow.
  3. Set a time limit and let the children loose, to find the objects.

The kid who finds most things wins!

6. Snowman hat-trick

Snowman hat-trick

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Come winter and snowfall, and everyone wants to make a snowman. And why not? Building a snowman is fun. But this game is better than that.

You will need:

  • Snow (duh!)
  • A top hat

How to:

  1. Make a snowman as tall as your child.
  2. Add the eyes, nose, hands, and even the scarf.
  3. Stand a few feet away from the figure and try to throw the hat onto the head.
  4. Take turns to see how many times each kid get’s to hat the snowman! Keep a score.

One who gets it most times wins!

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7. Snow dodge ball

Snow dodge ball

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Snowball fights are fun, as long as they are taken in the right spirit.

You will need:

A snowy day!

How to:

  1. Take a small bucket or pail if you want and head outside.
  2. Tell the children not to aim at the face or any other unprotected part of the body.
  3. Stand at least six feet apart, make snowballs, and throw at each other.
  4. When the other person throws it, try to dodge.

Note: For all outdoor activities that involve playing in the snow, ensure that the child wears appropriate winter clothing including jackets, gloves, and shoes to prevent frost bite.

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Outdoor Winter Activities For Kids

Snow or no snow. You can’t stay holed up inside the house all through the winter. Sometimes, you can take the kids out for fun winter activities for kids. Wondering how?

Read on!

8. Make snow angels

Make snow angels

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Snow angels are not sculptures, but impressions that you make on the snow-filled ground. Make sure that your child has put on enough warm clothing. Do not try this without proper clothing.

You will need:

  • A snow-filled area, preferably a park or your backyard

How to:

  1. Dress your kids in warm clothes.
  2. Ask them to lie down in the snow, facing the sky.
  3. Now wave the legs and the arms on the ground to make wings.
  4. Once done, ask the child to get up and move away from his creation without stepping on it.

This is best done when it is not snowing.

9. Build snow forts

Build snow forts

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Too much snow in the yard? Well, use it to build an igloo or a fort!

You will need:

  • A lightweight bucket or rectangular planter box
  • Space

How to:

  1. Clear out some space and mark a boundary.
  2. Fill the planter box (or bucket) to the brim with snow. Level the top of the planter.
  3. Invert the planter neatly and apply pressure on it.
  4. Hold it for a few seconds and slowly lift the planter, leaving the snow slab on the ground.
  5. Place the slabs side by side to cover the boundaries.
  6. Then stack them up as seen in the image, to build walls.

You can build a small fort or a big one, depending on how much snow there is and how excited your child is about the activity.

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10. Snow painting

Snow painting

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One of the most beautiful things about snowy winters is the whiteness of the snow! As peaceful as it can be, lack of color can be depressing too. So, how about adding some color to your immediate surroundings?

You will need:

  • Eco-friendly, washable paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Molds

How to:

  1. Pick a patch of a snow-filled area that you want to paint. Take some snow on a plastic sheet or large tray to prevent the paint from spilling.
  2. Use the molds to make shapes out of the snow.
  3. Mix the colors and ask the children to paint the molds in any color they want.

You could also pick specific snow-filled patches here and there, around the house to make the area look nicer.

11. Build a cairn

Build a cairn

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A cairn is a tower made of flat stones. This is an activity for no-snow regions. It is also an excellent way to spend time during winter picnics.

You will need:

Flat stones of different sizes – big and small

How to:

  1. Find some firm, even ground, and place the largest stone on it.
  2. Place the next biggest stone on it and complete the stack by placing the stones in descending order.
  3. Place the stones on top of one another in such a way that you can make the tallest possible tower.
  4. You could use equal-sized stones to make a tower.

Just make sure that the stones do not have any sharp edges, to prevent cuts and bruises.

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12. Get sporty!

Get sporty!

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Who says your child cannot play when there is snow all around? Here is a list of outdoor sports your child can indulge in during winters.

  • Skating: If there is a skating rink near your house, go ice skating. If your child doesn’t know how to, this is the right time to teach him or her!
  • Hockey: You could take your kid to watch or play a game of ice hockey. If there is a children’s ice hockey rink near you, you could even get the kid trained in the sport!
  • Skiing: Not everyone lives near a ski resort. But if you do, do not waste any time thinking about taking your kid skiing. Instead just go and have fun.
  • Saucer swirls are the best alternative to skiing for the younger lot. If your child is aged less than five, try saucer swirls in a snow park.
  • Snowboarding best suits teenagers and pre-teens. Similar to skiing, snowboarding does not have skis to support. So we recommend that the child try skiing first and then get to snowboarding when he or she has learned how to balance when moving on the snow.
    • Sled rides are for the entire family If there are slopes near your home, you can create a makeshift sled using old wooden tables or planks and have fun.Care must be taken to ensure the child’s safety when trying these sporting activities. See to it that the child has the necessary safety gear in place before they play. Also, keep in mind the child’s age and capabilities before picking a sport.

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Indoor Winter Activities For Children

When it is too cold, or when there is a snowstorm preventing you from stepping out, you can trust these indoor activities to keep you company.

13. Holiday Movie Nights

Holiday Movie Nights

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When it is too cold, what better way to keep your child warm and happy than having a cozy family movie night? Just collect a bunch of your child’s favorite DVDs, make a hot cup of cocoa, and snuggle up on the couch to watch the movie. Here are our top 12 picks!

  • Frozen
  • The Polar Express
  • Ice Age
  • Happy Feet
  • Home Alone
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Miracle
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Jack Frost
  • March Of The Penguins

14. Have an indoor picnic

Have an indoor picnic

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Is your child fretting over canceled vacation plans? If the weather is not letting you go out, have an indoor picnic or vacation for fun.

  • Clear out some space in the attic or one of the rooms that you do not often use. Or clear out some space in your living room.
  • Prepare picnic food.
  • Spread the picnic blanket and put the food in a basket (you gotta go all the way!).
  • Pick a few games (indoor, of course) that you’d play when you go out for a picnic.

Enjoy!

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15. Make holiday greeting cards

Make holiday greeting cards

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If your child is a busy little bee and likes to keep himself or herself occupied with little projects, think about making holiday greeting cards. Don’t worry if you don’t have material for fancy greeting cards. You can make the prettiest cards with just craft paper and coloring pens. Use green and red colors generously for Christmas themed cards. Or just use a bit of black, orange, and red for snowman themed cards.

Whatever you do, get creative and encourage originality.

16. Decorate the house

Decorate the house

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If it is almost time for Christmas and you have the decorations ready, why not start decorating the house. If you don’t have decorations, you could begin cleaning the house and preparing it for when you can get the decorations from the store. An interesting idea would be to get the children to create X-mas tree decorations at home, using cotton, ping-pong balls, color pens, glitters, and other materials.

17. Make marshmallow slime

Make marshmallow slime

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How do you make slime without mud? Well, just use marshmallows. Read on to know how you and your kids can make marshmallow slime!

You will need:

  • 250g marshmallows
  • 300g cornflour
  • 1 ½ cup water

How to:

  1. Put the marshmallows in a microwave-safe dish and microwave for ten seconds.
  2. Stir them and cook again for ten seconds and continue the process until the marshmallows melt completely.
  3. Mix the cornflour and water in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the melted marshmallows and mix thoroughly.

The slime, which is solid one minute and liquid-ey the next, is ready!

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Experimenting With Snow And Ice

No list of winter activities is ever complete without interesting ice and snow experiments. So how did you think ours was?

18. Indoor ice art

Indoor ice art

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When we say ice art, we mean ice sculptures, but the kind that kids make. Confused? Keep reading, and you will understand!

You will need

  • A lot of water
  • Molds of different sizes
  • Eco-friendly or food colors
  • Liquid droppers

How to:

This is a pretty simple experiment that can be conducted indoors or outdoors. Here is how.

  1. Take water in different bowls and add food coloring to it. Use as many colors as possible, one in each bowl.
  2. Pour the colored waters in as many bowls as you can find – molds, Jell-O cups, conical vases, yogurt containers, tin cans, and so on.
  3. Freeze them overnight in the refrigerator. Or you can also put the molds outdoors, in case of subzero temperatures.
  4. Take out the colorful ice blocks the next morning and arrange them artistically, or in any way you want.

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You could also try mixing different colored semi-frozen sculptures in a bowl and freeze them to get a multi-colored ice art.

Note: You can also try making Popsicles with water, milk, fruit juices, and so on to teach children that liquids freeze at subzero temperatures.

19. Melting ice

Melting ice

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Ice melts at room temperature. You know that. But does your child know that? Use this experiment to teach the child how quickly or slowly ice melts in different conditions.

You will need:

  • Water
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Liquid water colors
  • Droppers
  • Ice cubes
  • News paper
  • aluminum foil
  • Soil
  • Tray or cups

How to:

  • Here, we will try two different experiments.

Melting ice colors

  1. Freeze water in the medium-size bowl.
  2. Take the ice out of the bowl and into a leak-proof tray.
  3. Sprinkle a little salt over it and voila! The ice starts melting faster when you add salt to it.
  4. Mix the colors in different cups and use the dropper to color the melting ice.
  5. Add as many colors as you want to the melting ice to create beautiful ice art.

How quickly does ice melt now?

  1. Take three ice cubes of the same size.
  2. Put one ice cube as it is in the tray.
  3. Wrap one ice cube in a piece of newspaper and put it next to the first ice cube.
  4. Wrap the last ice cube in an aluminum foil and place it next to the second one.
  5. Observe the ice cubes as they melt, and keep track of how long each takes to melt.

The ice cube without any insulation starts melting at room temperature. However, the ice cube wrapped in the aluminum foil melts faster as aluminum quickly transfer heat to the ice cube. The ice cube wrapped in newspaper melts slower than the others because paper insulates the ice.

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You can also try the same experiment by wrapping the ice cube with a plastic sheet and a cotton towel and see the results.

Do you still think being stuck inside the house on a snowy day is bad? Try the indoor activities and experiments on snowy days and explore the white winter wonderland outdoors on better days. When you do, your kids will know that no matter how the weather is, they can always have fun if they get a little creative and have a little patience.

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Do you have any ideas on winter break activities for the kids’ ? Do share them with us in our comments section!

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