Tuesday, December 27, 2016

100 Seasonal Active Learning Ideas - Winter Edition


By: The Choosy Kids Team

In some parts of the country, cooler weather is on the way. Parents often have to search high and low to find fun indoor activities to keep kids moving and learning. If you live where the sun is still shining down and it is warm, you may be looking for some winter or holiday crafts to do with the kids to ring in the holiday season. Choosy Kids has all of your indoor and outdoor activities covered with our 100 Seasonal Active Learning Ideas - Winter Edition list!

We’d also like you to try to participate too! Think you and your children (nieces/nephews/grandchildren/students/children you watch after/friends, etc.) could complete 10 ideas? 20? 50? All 100? Tell us how many you think you can complete and show us your completions! Share your photos and completions with us on our social media pages (Facebook or Twitter). Remember to tag us (@choosykids) and use the hashtag #100ChoosyIdeas.




  1. Build a snowman
  2. Do snow angels
  3. Throw snowballs
  4. Catch snowflakes in your mouth
  5. Go sled riding
  6. Go skiing
  7. Drink hot cocoa with marshmallows
  8. Walk up and how hills holding hands with a friend
  9. Watch a movie with your family
  10. Play dress up
  11. Make snowflakes out of paper
  12. Find flowers outside
  13. Decorate for your holiday
  14. Make a gingerbread house
  15. Have a dance party with Choosy Kids music
  16. Have a tea party
  17. Won't be getting snow in your area? Make your own!
  18. Go ice skating outside
  19. Go ice skating inside - Just get some wax paper, step on it and skate across any surface!
  20. Create colorful watercolor art piece. Try adding salt on the paper while the watercolors are still wet, or use aluminum foil to create patterns.
  21. Create sculptures with styrofoam and bamboo skewers. Check out this awesome blog for “How To”
  22. Build your own toddler drop box. Create a variety of shapes!
  23. Build a snow castle
  24. Play a game of snowball toss. Set up foam cups and use cotton balls to see how many your child can make within the cups.
  25. Complete some of the free activities on choosykids.com
  26. Play where in the world is Choosy?! Print a picture of Choosy and hid him. Allow your child to see if they can find Choosy.
  27. Have an indoor beach party. Pretend it’s a warm summer's day, and break out the summer  gear.
  28. Participate in RAOK - Random Act of Kindness
  29. Draw in the snow. Use food coloring as paint and make the freshly fallen snow your canvas.
  30. Build a bird feeder and watch the winter birds come for a meal.
  31. Play outdoor hockey.
  32. Create a family movie
  33. Make a winter wreath  
  34. Make a time capsule of your family belongings. Create a box which includes photos, postcards, or anything at all you would like. Hide the box and revisit it next year.
  35. Check if any parades are in town and go enjoy the festivities.
  36. Have breakfast for dinner - make sure to include a plenty of fruits and veggies.
  37. Create a garden sensory bin
  38. If you have a GPS capable phone, why not participate in Geocaching?
  39. Make up your own game. Let your children participate by creating the rules
  40. Try some water experiments (such as ice experiments with salt).
  41. Create a list of the outdoor changes between winter and summer
  42. Bundle up and head to the park for some outdoor fun.
  43. Prepare your garden for winter
  44. Make snow prints in the snow
  45. Create a paper clip chain
  46. With a chalkboard, write your child’s name out with chalk and let them trace over it with water
  47. Create popsicle stick sleds
  48. Create snowflakes from popsicle sticks
  49. Create farm animals from paper plates and cotton balls. For even more fun, can you create a Choosy plate mask?
  50. Build a cardboard playhouse
  51. Use coffee filters to create snowflake. Create a bucket and throw them up in the air for indoor snow effect. For even more fun, have your child match the ones that are similar.
  52. No snow? No problem! Use newspaper to create an indoor snowman!
  53. Create your own holiday and winter decorations.
  54. Make homemade play dough
  55. Build a marble race track.
  56. Read a new book everyday. You can check out Choosy’s Holiday Tale online!
  57. Put strips of tape hanging from the doorway and let your children to throw cotton balls at the tape.
  58. Bowl indoors
  59. Create jewelry from beads
  60. Create an indoor hopscotch board.
  61. Pretend a grocery store trip. Encourage your child to choose the healthy option!
  62. Use cotton swabs and watercolor paints to create the perfect pointillism art piece.
  63. Create a playscape table
  64. Create suncatchers
  65. Decorate aprons for the holidays
  66. Create a band with pots and pans, and be like Choosy’s band!
  67. Play charades
  68. Allow your child to explore their sense. Ask questions like, “ What color is that” , or “ Is that object rough or smooth”
  69. Use boxes as stacking blocks
  70. Create a cardboard wearable car
  71. Play peek a boo. If you need some music to accompany the game, check out Choosy Kids’ CD “Our Special Time”
  72. Create a collage from old magazines
  73. Tape together paper, and trace your child, then let your child trace you.
  74. Sing together
  75. Take a trip to the library!
  76. Blow bubbles inside and see how many you can pop.
  77. Play with magnets on the fridge
  78. If you are beginning to miss the flowers, why not create yarn flowers?
  79. Make simply party hats from paper
  80. Create your own crayons with a variety of shapes and sizes
  81. Talk about safety tips for winter and the importance of staying safe when playing outside during the winter
  82. Create ice balloons

20 comments :

  1. What a fun list of winter activities to do with the kiddos! I am liking a lot of them myself, like making snowballs and making a snow angel! Too fun to pass up!

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  2. What a great post for this time of year! MY kids are on Xmas break and it's insanely cold out so it's almost impossible to get them of the couch and moving! I'll try to take pics of any completed tasks and Instagram them as evidence!

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  3. OMG this is awesome! I was at a loss for new ideas on what to do with my kids this season. Now I have so many new options to choose from! Thanks for these great suggestions!

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  4. Drinking hot drinks is the best in the cold weather especially if you have the flu like me lol! Some great outdoor activities as well xx

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  5. This is such a great list of activities. Many I would love to do this winter!

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  6. This is such a fun list! No days to be bored this winter with this list!

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  7. This is the ultimate winter boredom buster list! I can't wait to check off these with the kids!!

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  8. Oh gosh I love the winter season. I have done so many of these activities as a kid and now as an auntie!

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  9. Such a fun list of activities, especially the Dance party idea. And some of these can be done year round.

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  10. We are in Florida so don't have any snow, but these all sound so much fun! The dance party idea would be a blast.

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  11. I was just thinking about that today, that's just struggle with colder weather. And a nice day you can just spend some time outside, go hiking but now you have to pay to go somewhere

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  12. What a great list of fun things to do! I don't yet have any children of my own but am a teacher so may be using some of these ideas in the new year!

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  13. This is an awesome list! We homeschool and I am always looking for extra activities for the kids.

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  14. These are all such lovely ideas especially around the winter time when there's a lot of being cooped up in the house. Always good to get outside and explore! :)
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  15. I've had to be so creative this year with keeping my kids busy. It's been below freezing where I live and wow. I'll definitely have to use this list!

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  16. These are all such great ideas. Keeping kids busy during the winter months can be a challenge.

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  17. These are such fun ideas- The kids really love the snow and playing in it! It's great to keep them busy when it's cold outside!

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  18. I don't have kids and haaaate snow. Hopefully when my husband and i decide to have kids, we live somewhere sans snow so I don't have to deal with it! I hope your kiddos had a blast!

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  19. Oooo so many fun ideas!!!! I'm going to be teaching my daughter to ski this year! So excited!!

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  20. Omy This is so much fun and a good ideas. I love reading this

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