There are so many benefits to getting outside to exercise: you burn calories, get fresh air, and can have inexpensive fun! You can find fun winter activities for the slopes, trails, ice rink, and backyard for children of all ages. If you are looking for some fun outdoor activities you can enjoy with the entire family read on for a list of ideas!
Here are some fun outdoor activities to get you started.
Ice skating – have beginners wear a helmet, and offer them a hand to help them with balance.
Rent some snowshoes and go snowshoeing – we rent from our local university recreation center.
Take your dog for a walk
Go cross-country skiing – also available to rent at many university recreation centers.
Go sledding – cheap family fun and great exercise
Build a fort and have a snowball fight with your kids, or buy a snow block maker and build an igloo.
Shovel paths in the snow – can be used for outdoor tag or other fun outdoor games
Build a snowman – it’s a lot of fun, but that’s not all, making a snowman is also awesome exercise!
Blow bubbles – blow bubbles on freezing days and watching them turn into ice bubbles.
Skiing/snowboarding – rent some gear and try out a lesson or two for the kids (and yourself, if you aren’t experienced). It’s wise to invest in a helmet in case of falls or collisions.
Hiking – some local ski resorts groom trails for people to hike or cross country ski
Build a bigger snowball – roll snowballs to see how big you can make them. Bonus: it makes fun trails in the yard. Another fun bonus: the kids can see how long the snowballs last before they melt away.
Go ice fishing – always be sure that the ice is safe – at least 4 inches thick – and that temperatures have been below freezing for several days straight. Never ice fish alone in case of an emergency on the ice.
Try geocaching – take them on a real-life treasure hunt. People use global positioning devices and the internet to seek out items hidden by others. Want to try it? Check out Geocaching.com for help!
Make snow paint – add food coloring to water and put in a spray bottle, then go out and paint your yard!
Be Prepared for the Cold – Here Are a Few Things You Should Know Before Heading Outside:
Before heading outside, make sure that your kids are bundled up, you should bundle up too! Be sure to wear gloves, coats and warm socks, along with weather-appropriate footwear.
Be aware of the signs of frostbite in kids. If your child complains of aching pain or numbness, most often to their extremities (hands, feet or ears) or their skin feels hard/waxy with a white color, come inside immediately and seek proper medical attention.
Stay hydrated, just like any other time of the year, it’s important that you and your kids drink enough fluids.
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