Ideas and Images compiled by Julie Bisnath, BSW, RSW
Inside with cabin fever? Outside trying to keep warm? Here are some activities to keep you (and the children!) moving.
Indoor Ideas from Pinterest (pictured below):
- Yoga poses and stretches—make it fun by associating poses with arctic animals.
- Play assorted snowball games using large pompoms or balled up socks.
- Sweep a large pompom or balled up sock around various obstacles or dot-to-dot style with the alphabet or numbers.
- Shovel crumpled up paper.
- Tiptoe/step/hop on paper snowflakes or icebergs.
- Ball toss with plastic balls or balled up socks.
- Make an activity cube describing various actions: jump, roll, stand on one foot, etc.
- Play with large balls or balloons—(be sure to supervise closely).
- Create tape “balance beams”.
- Colour match bean bag toss.
- Snowman bowling.
- Paper streamer web for climbing over and under.
- Play freeze dance or have a dance party.
- “Ice skate” with empty tissue boxes.
- Build an indoor “snow” fort with pillows and blankets.
- Set up an indoor treasure hunt made up of winter objects or toys.
- Make an indoor obstacle course using pillows, pool noodles, pylons, baskets, etc.
- Borrow toys from your neighbourhood toy library: slides, tunnels, parachutes, etc.
Outdoor Ideas from Pinterest (pictured below):
- Create a construction site—one spot for filling and across the yard for dumping.
- Nature walk and scavenger hunt.
- Paint on snow with spray bottles.
- Balance beam using log and wood plank.
- Shovel out a snow maze—walk, hop, skip, or run.
- Follow footprints or animal tracks (or make your own monster tracks).
- Target practice, spray paint a circle target for snowballs, or use a large bin.
- Outdoor obstacle course: use balls, hula hoops, wood, etc. or make snow hurdles.
- Blow bubbles to chase and catch, see if they freeze.
- Build snow ramps (add water to make icy) for small cars. Or use plastic ramps.
- Make snow angels.
- Make an unusual snowman (sleeping, upside down, clown, etc.) or snow sculpture.
- Build a snow family! Give them various faces (Mr. Potato Head pieces are fun)—happy, sad, surprised, and talk about feelings.
- Play at the park or explore a wooded area. Climb trees.
- Build a fort—use shovels, pails, dump trucks, empty yogurt containers, etc.
- Go for a walk and collect sticks/pinecones/rocks—use them to decorate the fort.
- Feed the birds–make a feeder for the yard or head to the park with some bird seed.
- Work together to roll a giant snowball.
- Make small snowballs for the children to carry, move, stack, knock down, etc.
- Go sledding or sliding (have the children help make a mini hill where you can stand beside the hill to help as needed or go to the park).
- Treasure Hunt: hide toys in the yard and search for them together—the smaller the toy the harder the challenge.
- Hold an outdoor concert or create a marching band—give the children buckets, pots, spoons, bells, etc. as “instruments”. March around the neighbourhood.
- Play Simon Says, Shark Tank, Red Light Green Light, Duck Duck Goose, etc.
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