January activities for kids

Happy New Year. Are you ready to start a new year filled with seasonal play and learning? Hopefully, it will be filled with outdoor adventures too. This post is designed to guide you to my best posts for finding January activities for kids. I’ve covered everything from seasonal books, crafts, what to do in the garden and other ideas for getting kids outdoors. Please note this post does contain a couple of affiliate links. If you make a purchase through them, I may earn a small commission. This does not affect the price you pay and helps with the running costs of this site.


Girl in winter clothing and wellies paddling in a lake


I have lots of content that I am hoping to get out this month so keep popping back for more seasonal activities to do with your kids. Better yet scroll to the bottom and join me for my weekly bonus email full of seasonal content straight to your inbox or how about joining my facebook group Nurture Nature Kid’s – let’s play outside. We’re building a lovely group of parents who enjoy spending time outdoors with kids and love to share inspiration with each other. This month we are really focusing on inspiring and encouraging each other to get out more in winter. Please do join us in the group or use #nurturenaturekidswinter on Instagram.


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. You can also start chitting early potatoes. Or perhaps you want to add some features that will encourage wildlife in like bird feeders or a bug hotel. I have a few posts that you might find useful. Just click the image below.


Raised vegetable bed

January outdoor kid’s activity inspiration

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 bought my eldest these gorgeous rainbow puddle busters last autumn and they have been worn so much. I can’t recommend them enough. 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). We still love going on days out in winter too though.

I have a few blog posts that you might find useful.

2 children, dressed for winter, running in the woods

Two children, close up, outside

January on the bookshelves

We have some beautiful winter books and I’m going to be adding to this list soon as we have a few more to recommend. 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). So if you’re looking for inspiration then click the images below to take you to the blog post.


Winter children's book open at a page on children having fun in the snow

I am the seed that grew the tree book and mini pumpkins, conkers and pine cones

January ideas for creating and playing

There are lots of opportunities for craft and play in January. 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 or how about painting snow?


painting snow

Toddler playing with silver foil, foam snowflakes and penguin toys


If you are looking for ways to keep little ones interested whilst outside then why not join my email list for weekly emails of seasonal inspiration for having fun with your kids (both my blog and from around the web). You might also like to receive my 5 day woodland activity challenge for lots of woodland activity inspiration or a printable autumn scavenger hunt.  Please be aware these emails may contain affiliate links or my links to my own products (if I develop any in the future). You can find out more by reading my privacy policy.

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  1. January 6, 2019 / 8:57 am

    What a great collection of January activities for kids. It can be all too easy to hide away indoors all month but the outdoors has so much to offer families even in the middle of winter.

  2. January 6, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    January being very cold needs to double up on the fun to encourage the children to go outside. These ideas are awesome!

  3. January 6, 2019 / 8:28 pm

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

  4. January 6, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    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

  5. January 7, 2019 / 1:35 am

    The Big Garden Bird Watch is in January, so a good reason to get outside

  6. Rachel
    January 7, 2019 / 8:39 am

    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

  7. Leila
    January 7, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    Those are some great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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