Our winter family bucket list

Our winter family bucket list

After the success of our autumn family bucket list, I thought I would do another one, this time for Winter. If truth be told, I don’t really like winter. I’m ok with December as I love the build-up to Christmas but once Christmas is over it’s just cold and wet without the festive activities. With this in mind, I have put together some ideas of things we can do as a family these next couple of months. Just little things to break up the cold, wet and dark days.

Paint snow or if we get enough snow, go sledging. We got some snow in December that F loved. E didn’t seem quite as keen, I think she just got too cold. If we do get some more on a weekend I’d love to take F sledging somewhere or even just build a snowman in the garden. We never seem to really get enough for a snowman. Last year F enjoyed painting snow and ice, this doesn’t need much snow at all.

snow painting

Wrap up warm and go for a couple of winter walks.

Visit a museum or gallery. We visited Eureka! on New Year’s Eve and I’d like to take the girls back at half term. I’d also love to take them back to the World Museum in Liverpool where we had a very quick visit some time ago. Or perhaps we’ll try somewhere closer to home like Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

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Take the kids swimming. F has weekly swimming lessons but I haven’t taken E in months.

Read lots of winter books about snowy lands. I shared 7 wonderful winter themed children’s books last year and I shared another 5 picture books about winter yesterday.

winter picture books

Drink hot chocolate with F.

Feed the birds. Last year we made pine cone bird feeders. Perhaps we’ll do this again or simply just buy a bird feeder. Either way, I know both girls will enjoy watching the birds feed in the garden.

Set up a winter themed sensory play activity for the girls. I’ve been saving lots of ideas on Pinterest. They loved this one that was set up at Eureka!

Do some crafts and art with the kids. F loves anything crafty and E loves to draw too. We have been sent the Mud+Bloom nature craft subscription box to try out. It’s aimed at children 3-8 so is perfect for F. We made a start with the January box last weekend and F really enjoyed it. I look forward to the other activities and February’s box too. I’ve been saving more ideas over on Pinterest.

Try a few new recipes for meals. I wrote about my love of cooking and how this has changed since F became a fussy eater last week. I’m determined to try new recipes and find some more meals we can all enjoy.

Bake with F. We baked gingerbread biscuits for F’s teachers before Christmas and she loved it. I’m determined that we will do more after school on Fridays or over the weekends.

in my kitchen

Spend a Sunday morning at family forest school. F loves forest school and every few weeks will ask to go. There is a session early February that I hope to take her to and I’ve discovered Quarry Bank Mill (National Trust ) are doing a monthly Nature explorers family event so we’ll be trying these too.

Start planning our spring and summer adventures. Cheating I know but we have made no plans for this year and I love to have things to look forward to. We are hoping to go on a few short camping trips this summer so I’m going to start looking for some nice sites.

I’d love to hear what activities you enjoy in winter in the comments below.

Disclosure – We were sent the Mud + Bloom subscription for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I will be publishing a full review after we have tested out the January and February box.

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  1. January 12, 2018 / 9:39 am

    I love the idea of painting snow – must try it! Great list, will def have to try some of these out for ourselves 🙂 x

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Have fun.

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Thank you.

  2. January 12, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    I’m the same, I’m just not a fan of winter, so I love little lists like this to make you remember the good bits. You can’t beat a hot chocolate, and the subscription kit looks really cute. I think our tiny bit of the country was the only part f the UK to miss out on the snow recently!

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:35 am

      It’s the little things that help.

      • January 21, 2018 / 1:57 pm

        Just popping by again to say thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove. And also to say that today, we got snow! It didn’t settle but Max loved seeing it fall 🙂

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:35 am

      I’ll cross my fingers for you.

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:36 am

      That sounds delicious.

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Absolutely. Lots for two year years olds to do.

  3. January 13, 2018 / 8:08 am

    Great list. I might need to borrow some of these ideas!

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:38 am

      I hope you enjoy them.

  4. January 13, 2018 / 8:32 am

    Oh, I so wish I knew about the painting snow when we had our measly 1inch in December. It felt like we were the only ones not sledging or making a snowman. Love the bucket list. Going to do this with Henry, especially the museum as he would love the dinosaurs x

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:39 am

      You’ll know for next time at least. Enjoy the ideas.

  5. January 13, 2018 / 9:02 am

    This is a great winter bucket list. You’ve got some fab ideas there. I’ve never painted snow, it sounds like fun x

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Thank you. Yes it is fun.

  6. January 13, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Painted snow, wow. Just wish it would snow where we live. Kids would love to see real snow xx

    • Claire
      January 13, 2018 / 11:42 am

      I’ll cross my fingers for you.

  7. January 13, 2018 / 10:55 am

    What a lovely post, some really great things to do to involve the whole family. Thank you for this.

    • Claire
      January 14, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  8. January 13, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    I’ve never thought of painting the snow! I want to do this!!

    • Claire
      January 14, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      You know what to do next time it snows now.

  9. January 13, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Some really fab ideas here! I need to remember these x

    • Claire
      January 14, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you.

  10. January 13, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    I never thought of painting snow either! What a fab idea and so much fun! Im not a fan of winter, I don’t deal well with the cold!! We try to make the winter as much fun as possible to hope it passes quicker!
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    • Claire
      January 14, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      That’s my plan too.

  11. January 14, 2018 / 6:12 am

    Lovely lovely ideas x

    • Claire
      January 14, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you

  12. January 14, 2018 / 7:50 am

    Some fab ideas – I tried to get my boys to do a list of things they wanted to do and they managed to get one thing each on the list and then gave up – SIGH!

    Looks like you have had lots of fun x

    • Claire
      January 14, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      It’s a start!

  13. Donna
    January 14, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the ideas!

    • Claire
      January 14, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      You’re welcome

  14. January 15, 2018 / 3:09 am

    Ohh, such a cool idea that you have your family bucket list based on seasons. I guess I will copy this idea when I have my own family too. Cool way to keep the bond in line with the season…

  15. January 16, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    We’re at the museum almost every week, but you’ve reminded me we should take the boys swimming again soon! Wish we’d get more snow too.
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  16. January 18, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Oooh, lots of great ideas here! We love days out, visiting places like an animal park, a castle or the beach. As long as the weather isn’t too bad, those places are great in the winter, too.
    And on bad weather days we do crafts, baking, play dough, games… and quite a bit of screen time as well to be honest ☺️x
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  17. January 18, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    I love the idea of mark making and painting in snow- brilliant and nearly free! #bloggerpinparty

  18. January 18, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    Love these ideas especially painting snow, never done it- but we might be lucky with the weather to try it soon! #sharingthebloglove

  19. January 19, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Love this! We wanted to let our one year old paint snow this year but we didn’t get enough! Great post!

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      Fingers crossed you get enough next time.

  20. January 19, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I love these! We’ve heard great things about Eureka so we’ll be adding that to our places to visit #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      January 19, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      It’s fantastic

  21. January 19, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Oh I love these activities! Especially the painted snow! How much fun is that. Lovely pin too. #bloggerpinparty

  22. January 20, 2018 / 2:05 am

    Great ideas! Especially when the winter months bring on the colds + flus. Bleh!

    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

  23. January 20, 2018 / 3:20 pm

    I’m adding Eureka and the World Museum in Liverpool to my list! These are brilliant ideas, we haven’t had any snow really yet though!

  24. January 22, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    I love a good bucket list! We managed to get a little bit of snow in December and got the sledge out for the first time since buying it 4 years ago. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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