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