It’s cold outside, and the prospect of a long, dark winter trying to think of toddler activities strikes fear in your heart. Don’t despair! Here are some fun winter activities that will have you writing an essay on “What I Did Over the Winter” to capture all the memories!
7 Fun Outdoor Winter Activities to do with Your Toddler
- Bubble blowing
- Pinecone birdfeeder
- Color hunt
- Snow paint
- Water and snow experiment
- Freeze items
- Reinvent sandbox toys
Blowing bubbles in the cold –
It’s an entirely different experience in the cold weather! Get your toddler’s bubbles and take them outside and let them blow some bubbles. See what happens! Let them watch the crystallization as their bubbles turn to ice right before their eyes. It’s a scientific toddler activity!
Make a pinecone birdfeeder –
This is fun and easy to do and helps your friendly neighborhood birds!
- Find a pinecone and tie a string over it.
- In a bowl, mix peanut butter, cornmeal, and oats.
- Once mixed, spread over the pinecone with your fingers or a spoon.
- Place birdseed on a plate and roll the pinecone in it until all the peanut butter is covered with the birdseed.
- Now hang it in a tree so your toddler can easily view it!
Color hunt and draw –
Before heading outside, make up a piece of paper for your toddler with two columns. At the top of the left column, write “color,” and at the top of the right column, write “draw.” Once outside, help your little one jot down any colors they see and then draw something that is that color. It’s a perfect toddler activity for your budding artist!
Painting the snow –
This is a toddler activity sure to put a smile on your child’s face. Fill a watering can or spray bottle with water and then add a drop or two of food coloring. Allow your little tyke to go outside and “paint the snow” with the colored water. If you want brighter/darker colors, add more food coloring. One note – make sure you don’t get the colored water on your toddler’s clothes!
Water and snow science experiment –
Go out and fill three cups with snow. On one cup of snow, pour hot water. On another cup of snow, pour room-temperature water, and on the last one, pour ice water. Record what happens and ask your little one about the results.
Freeze different items –
This is a two-day toddler activity. On the first day, go outside and pick some treasures: leaves, pinecones, some small twigs, or berries. Put them in a small container and cover them with a few inches of water. Leave this outside to freeze.
On the next day, go outside with your toddler and see what has happened. A second toddler activity could be to remove the frozen treasures and hang them in a tree as a suncatcher!
Sandbox toys become snow toys –
Your toddler will see their toys through new eyes when you pull them out in the snow – and the toys will be just as fun!
Wintertime can be an excellent time filled with toddler activities beyond the regular sledding, snowman making, and snowball throwing entertainment. So, spend a little time getting creative and share your favorite toddler activities with us! Here at The Breakie Bunch Learning Center, we love learning and having fun all year long!