Although the weather is cold, getting outside is important even at this time of the year, and has great benefits for both your physical health and your mental health. Children also benefit from time outdoors and whatever the weather, there are plenty of fun things to do with kids over the winter months.
Make sure that you wrap up warm and dress appropriately for the weather, take a change of clothes and waterproofs if it is raining and head into the great outdoors to enjoy it.
You can encourage kids to play outside without even having to leave home if you have a garden. Creating a fun and stimulating play area for kids in the garden is a great investment and will enable kids to enjoy the outdoors and encourage them to get off their screens too!
If you have space, get in touch with a professional like this playgrounds Cheltenham based company https://www.greenfieldsltd.co.uk/services/playgrounds-and-parks who will be able to create your own personal playground for your kids to enjoy.
Other ways that kids can have fun in the garden is by getting into gardening. This is something that can be done all year around and helps to teach children about the natural world too. Why not give them their own patch where they can grow some flowers and some vegetables, whilst helping them to care for their plants.
You don’t have to have a garden to encourage kids to spend time outdoors, however. In the UK we are fortunate to have lots of local parks and beautiful parts of the countryside to enjoy all over the place. Going to the local park is a great way to get kids to burn off some energy and also meeting and playing there with other children helps them to build important social skills.
Woodland walks are also a joy at this time of the year – whether it is scrunching through wet leaves, identifying many of the sights of the woodlands, from berries to birds, splashing through puddles or wandering through an icy landscape, getting away from it all in the woods for a few hours is a great way for the whole family to relax and have fun outdoors.