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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.