With Christmas now just around the corner, you’ll be slowly gathering the presents and preparing the food that will make the big day so special for you and your family. Much of your time will be spent indoors, especially given that the weather’s cold and the pandemic is not yet fully under control. But getting outdoors in the winter is important for your kids – to help them burn off energy and enjoy the natural environment. So here are three ways that you can get your kids having fun outside in the weeks around Christmas.
Playing in Snow
You won’t have to persuade your children to go out in the garden or to the local park if it’s snowing. Indeed, they’ll already be in all their winter clothing by the time you’ve brewed your first cup of tea. But there are ways that you can prepare for when snow hits the region – by buying better winter clobber and other fun snow equipment like sledges or even skis.
Then, when the snow does hit, you’ll be able to rush out with your children to enjoy all those things we love about the snow – making snowmen, creating snow angels, throwing snowballs and careering down a snowy hill on a sledge. Who knows, this might even be the year that we can have all this fun on Christmas Day.
If your children are interested in sports and learning new, fun skills, skating might be the perfect match for them. You’ll likely have a local skatepark that’s only a walk from your home, which you can unleash your children on while you perch on a bench with a warm takeaway coffee between your mittens.
Children take to skating incredibly well due to their low centre of gravity and their quick learning aptitude. So it’ll only be an hour or two after you’ve bought them their skates and those all-important knee pads for skating that they’ll be taking to the jumps and the half-pipes in the skate park. This is a great way to occupy your kids in a safe outside space this winter.
We usually perform some form of treasure hunt during Easter – with the prize, of course, being lovely delicious chocolate eggs. But there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t repurpose these hunts for the winter months – including one on Christmas Day itself. You can hide chocolate gold coins, or clues as to where Santa might have left an extra present in your garden.
Treasure hunts always thrill kids, who will be scurrying around outside searching for the goodies that you’ve hidden. It’ll also sap a little of their energy, which will please parents looking for a relatively quiet evening after their Christmas feast. So plan your treasure hunt, buy your treasure, and launch a novel surprise for your kids this winter. It’s something that could even become a cherished yearly tradition.
There you have it: three ways in which you can get your kids outside and having fun during the weeks around Christmas – traditionally a time when we spend far less time outdoors.