When you and your family are desperately bored of board games and Netflix, you can find activities that will bring you outside in the waning days of winter. Take advantage of the remaining winter days. Go outside and play. The benefits of playing and exercising outdoors outweigh the effort of pulling on snowsuits, gloves, and boots.
Whether you’re in the great outdoors or just hanging out in your backyard, here are six fun winter activities that you can do with your family and friends.
Build a Snowman and Snow Fort
Snowmen have long captured the hearts and imaginations of both children and adults. Aside from the fun of rolling and piling the snow, children look forward to decorating their masterpiece. If there is a lot of snow, you and your kids can even create a snow family.
If you’re feeling fancy and there’s a ton of snow available, build snow forts for an epic snowball battle. Get the kids to build snow bricks and boulders. Sculpt your fortress with beach shovels and pails. You can get as elaborate as you want and even add flags to your sculpture.
Start Snowball Fights
After you’ve built the snow forts, why not break into teams and start a snowball fight? Just make sure that the snow is not too icy. Also, remember that this is entirely for fun and nothing else.
Love fishing during the summer? If you answered yes, then you’ll love ice fishing.
Find a lake that’s frozen over solidly, and the ice is at least four inches thick. Get your gear ready and make sure that you have an ice auger, ice rod and reel, assorted ice jigs, skimmer, and a big bucket for your fish. If you’re bringing the kids with you, take some life jackets with you.
Make sure that your kids are well supervised and don’t let them ice fish alone. It’s also important to teach them what they’re supposed to do if they catch something. Also, bring enough hot cocoa and snacks for everyone to nibble on while waiting for their fish.
You can also head out and go snowshoeing if you’re tired of staying in the backyard. Families who love to hike will also enjoy snowshoeing. If your kids can walk, they can learn snowshoeing. For the little ones, you can pull them on the sled instead.
Plan your snowshoeing trip ahead of time. Make sure to also check on the weather and your gear before the trip. This will help you avoid unnecessary problems that you may encounter on the road.
Create a Bonfire
Aside from playing in the snow, you might also want to build bonfires for your family to snuggle around. Have outdoor picnics and bundle up around a cozy fire while sharing stories and roasting hotdogs. You can also toast some marshmallows for your s’ mores.
Make Snow Angels
Aside from building a snowman, the next best thing that you can do during winter is making snow angels. It’s fun and you don’t need any supplies. Bundle up your kids in their snowsuits and boots and let them enjoy the snow.
Don’t let the cold weather prevent you from enjoying the remaining winter days. Remember that it’s only temporary, and a fun family activity can cure those winter blues.