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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 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!
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!
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.
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.
This is our kind of days~ love it!
We have had crazy weather in the Midwest. 76 degrees yesterday. My daughter is dreaming of snow!!
The Zookeeper says
Before we moved we had tons of snow and we actually didn’t think after moving we would miss it — Guess what — We do!! Looks like some fun times!
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!
2 Big, 2 Little says
Thanks for linking up the Kid’s Co-op. I am featuring your post this week on Two Big Two Little, as well as pinning it to the Weekly Kid’s Co-op board on Pinterest.
Our Side of the Mountain says
Yeah, this time of year can be rough for winter. We’re beginning to get very anxious for warmer weather…but you’ve got some wonderful ideas to for keeping winter’s SPARK. Thanks for sharing at the Explorers Blog Hop!