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Winter Nature Study Explorations

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Winter time is not always the easiest for us to get outside and enjoy nature.  The only thing we have seen outside for about 2 months now is several feet of ice and snow. It has been a very cold and snowy winter for us. However, this year I have really been trying hard to get outside more often and explore some of the beauties that winter provides.

Here are a few ways we have enjoyed nature this winter…

Winter Play Activities

At the beginning, the snow is fun and exciting.  I can hardly get the kids to come inside!  We spent a lot of time outside building a snowman & attempting a snow fort.

winter nature explorations
We also enjoyed sledding- the kids got new ones for Christmas this year.  Snow angels are another favorite, of course!  Also check out my post on the Snow Tea Party!

Winter Nature Study Ideas

We took our magnifying glass out and studied the snowflakes.    My kids and I listened to the sounds of nature.  Also, we did a Winter Scavenger Hunt. You can do this by just make them a list of ideas to discover outside. Or, find a printable one online. There are lots to choose from!

Studying  the icicles forming around the side of the house and in the plants was a favorite. They make their own beautiful art!
winter nature study- icicles
We looked for animal tracks in the snow- we found deer and bird tracks. See my Animals that Hibernate in Winter printable to learn more about animals!
animal tracks in the snow- winter nature
Get a jar full of snow. Pack it full, then bring it inside.  Let it melt and measure how much water there is after it melts!  This one is always w surprising to kids.

Winter Nature Drawings 

Take pictures of some of the things you see outside that you find interesting. Come inside, where it is warm and draw them from the photographs.  This way, you don’t have to sit outside in the cold to draw!

winter nature study

Winter Hikes

Take a winter hike!  Put on some snow boots (or snow shoes) and bundle up warm and cozy.  Enjoy a nice hike and enjoy the winter scenery. Have some hot chocolate, tea or cider when you come home.

Winter Art

We love snow painting and have done this a few times.  Fill up a spray bottle with water and a few drops of food coloring or paint. Learn more about how to do our snow painting activity HERE.

Enjoy your winter!


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  1. Oh this post almost makes me wish we had “real” winter here. I don’t really miss snow but these pictures remind me that I do miss playingn and exploring snow with my children. I’m so excited to be following you!

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