Being outdoors isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea. But, it’s important to spend regular time outside for both your mental and physical health. It’s just as important for your children to spend time outdoors exploring, learning about the world around them, and getting some physical activity.
If you’ve recently started to invest more time into the outdoors, there’s no reason that time can’t extend into the winter months. Yes, it can be cold and dreary out, but winter has a lot to offer, and even in snowy situations, most kids love it.
However, winter can come with its own set of challenges. If you want to partake in some fun winter activities with your family, your priorities should include keeping everyone safe and getting creative with your ideas. There are more winter activities than you might think, and you and your family can enjoy all of them by putting a few helpful tips into practice.
Keep Everyone Safe
There’s no denying that winter comes with some safety issues that you typically don’t have to worry about in the summer. Keeping your family warm, comfortable, and safe during hazardous weather conditions will help to ensure a more enjoyable time for everyone.
If you plan on travelling anywhere with your kids this winter, even if it’s just commuting to school, make sure you’re well-prepared. Keeping your car well-maintained is a great start that will reduce your risk of getting stranded on the road. Paying attention to weather warnings and understanding what warning colours mean is a smart way to safely plan ahead.
It’s also important to have the right supplies in your vehicle in case you break down or have to stop for a long period of time. Some of the essentials include:
- A blanket
- First aid kit
- Extra gloves
- Phone charger
- Compact snow shovel
When you’re outside enjoying the snow, safety remains important. Make sure every member of your family is dressed appropriately for the weather. That includes wearing a water-resistant coat, warm gloves, scarves, wellies, and a hat. Dressing warmly will allow for more time outside and reduce the risk of anyone developing frostbite. The average winter temperatures in the UK range from 0-7 degrees Celsius, so don’t take chances with your health in the cold
While you’re playing with your kids, you can also use the winter season as an opportunity to stay healthy and work on your wellness goals. Stay hydrated, no matter what you’re doing, protect your skin from wind and sun exposure, and make sure to moisturize your skin to keep it safe from dry, cold air.
Go With the Classics
If you’re not sure which winter activities your family will enjoy, it’s always a good idea to go with some tried and true seasonal options. Some of the best ways to keep everyone active that the whole family can enjoy include:
- Building a snowman
- Ice skating
- Building a snow fort
These simple activities are great options for getting your kids more interested in spending time outside each winter. Check on your kids frequently, no matter what you’re doing. It’s easy for little ones to get caught up in playing, especially if they’re determined to finish their snowman or they’re in the middle of an intense snowball fight. Make sure they’re staying hydrated, and be aware of danger signs. If your child starts to look pale or grey, it could be an early sign of frostbite, and you should bring them in immediately.
Think Outside the Box
Again, not everyone is into the great outdoors, and it can be especially difficult to want to step outside when it’s cold out. But, when you know how important it is to spend time in nature, creativity can end up being your best friend.
If you’ve been getting into more outdoor activities during the warmer months, there’s no reason they can’t carry over into the winter.
For example, camping is a great way to spend some quality time with your family, and it can be a lot of fun to spend a chilly night under the stars. Consider renting an RV for a few days so everyone can stay warm while enjoying the perks of camping. Building a small fire to roast marshmallows or make a kettle of hot chocolate is an unforgettable experience in the winter.
Nighttime hikes in the winter are also very different from other seasons. Obviously, dressing warmly is important. But, certain stars can appear brighter in the winter on clear, crisp nights. Bring a thermos of that hot chocolate with you, and your kids will love exploring and looking at constellations along the way.
Of course, your winter activities can be just as relaxing as they are fun. Head to a ski resort as a vacation option during the winter. Your family can ski and snowboard during the day, and get cosy and warm in the hot tub in the evening. What sounds better than that?
Don’t let the cold weather and dreariness of the season keep you from enjoying outdoor activities with your family. With a little planning ahead and creativity, you’ll end up enjoying being outside in the winter just as much as the rest of the year, and you’ll create memories to last a lifetime.