January activities for kids

Toddler dressed for getting outdoors in January

Are you ready to start a new year filled with seasonal play and learning? This post is filled with ideas for January activities for kids. These are my favourite Winter activities for kids. I’ve covered everything from seasonal books, crafts, what to do in the garden and other ideas for getting kids outdoors.  

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I’ve created a free printable list with 31 activity ideas for families to enjoy in January. Enter your email below to get the free printable delivered to your inbox. After that, you will receive a weekly email with further details of the next 7 ideas. Fill your January with outdoor or nature activities you can all enjoy!


January kid’s activities

January in the garden

Unless you have a greenhouse, then it might be a little early to start gardening yet but you could start planning what you want to grow with your kids this year.

Find my top tips for starting gardening with kids in this post. January is a great time to start planning. We have a raised bed, find out more about creating a vegetable garden in a raised bed in this post,

I’m planning to plant some raspberry canes though as January is a perfect time. You can also start chitting early potatoes. Find out what you can sow & plant in January

January is a great time to start Encouraging wildlife to your garden. The easiest place to start is with bird feeders or if you want a bit more of a challenge a bug hotel. Find out how to make a pine cone bird feeder here.

January outdoor kid’s activity inspiration

Child walking across a bridge in winter sunshine
Getting outside all year round is always a winner.

It’s certainly starting to get chillier here. Dropping temperatures can make the prospect of going outside with young children less appealing. However, the benefits of getting kids outdoors are still the same in winter so it’s worth the extra effort. I find the key is good waterproofs and warm clothing.

We still need to get children outside as often as we can, wrapped up warm and enjoying themselves. You might find it easier to stay closer to home and go out for shorter periods.

It might be as simple as going on a short family walk (and I have lots of tips for keeping kids happy on a walk). If you want to track how far you walk with your kids or even set yourself a challenge of 50, 100 or 500 miles/km then you need my free family walks tracker printables.

January is a great time to start geocaching with kids. Kids love these digital treasure hunts.

Scavenger hunts are fantastic for kids. Sign up to my email list below to get your free winter scavenger hunt printable.

Child holding a winter scavenger hunt printable

Don’t forget picnics aren’t just for summer. Find my Winter picnic ideas here.

If you are lucky enough to get snow this month then you’ll love this post with ideas for two different ways for how to paint snow.

If you’re thinking of creating a Winter family bucket list, you’ll find loads more ideas for outdoor activities for kids in winter here.

Why not set up an outdoor number hunt for preschoolers in your garden. Perfect for combining outdoor play and learning.

Child climbing a tree
Climbing a tree is always a good activity for kids in January

January on the bookshelves

I love reading seasonal books with my kids. We have some beautiful picture winter books and I’m going to be adding to this list soon as we have a few more to recommend. Find the best Winter books for toddlers here.

If poetry is more your thing, I am the seed that grew the tree is a beautiful book of poems to read through the seasons (one for every day of the year).

The follow up book Tiger, tiger burning bright is equally gorgeous.

If you are starting to plan your garden, then you might be interested in children’s book about gardening.

The shorter days in January make it the perfect time for learning about the night sky. Find my out and about night explorer book review here.

Bookcase of winter picture books
Beautiful picture books to enjoy in winter

January ideas for creating and playing

Photos of winter crafts and play

There are lots of opportunities for January themes for toddlers such as craft and sensory play. Perhaps you want to do activities based on birds, polar animals, snow or ice. If you’re lucky enough to get snow, perhaps you could bring some inside and play with artic animal toys in it.

If you are looking for a mess-free activity, I can recommend this Winter sensory play for toddlers.

Find lots more ideas for winter sensory activities for toddlers here.

If you’d like to combine a creative activity with getting outside then you need to try my Diy paper lantern craft.

Find loads more Winter activities for kids here.

Recommended resources

More seasonal activities for kids

If you’re already starting to think ahead then you will be pleased to hear that I already have posts for all the other months.

February activities for kids

March activities for kids

April activities for kids

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7 thoughts on “January activities for kids

  1. Amanda Blackburn says:

    If I’m brave enough to venture outside then I will definitely be using your ideas. It’s just so cold.

  2. Janet Yarwood says:

    Some fab ideas here. My little girl is always happier outside no matter how bad the weather is so we’ll definitely be trying some. The seed that grew the tree sounds lovely so we’ll be looking out for that too

  3. Rachel says:

    Some great ideas here. We love to go on nature trails, we make our own too! The kids loved painting snow last year too x

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