Australia is known for best for its summertime, with constant sunny days and hot weather providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities like beach days, backyard BBQs, and other fun in the sun for you and the kids. Cold, wet winter days may not sound as appealing and may tempt you to stay inside, but they do not have to be all doom and gloom. There are still plenty of outdoor activities to keep you and the little ones occupied during the colder months. We have listed eight fantastic outdoor winter activities to get you started.
1. Scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun way of promoting teamwork and perseverance to children. Better yet, you can do them in your backyard to keep things easy on the wallet. Gather some items from around the house, hide them outside, and prepare a checklist. You can even invite some friends around and create a theme to make things more exciting! Encourage the young ones to work together to find the treasure and offer some treats at the end to reward all their hard work.
2. Fly a kite
Take advantage of a windy winter's day by heading down to your local park or oval with a kite – make sure to find a clear, open space. Flying a kite is not as easy as it looks, so this is a great bonding opportunity for you to teach your child a new skill and encourage patience. Help them with the basics of unwinding and controlling the kite and then stand back and watch them progress. You can make things more fun by timing how long they can keep it in the air and work on beating the record!'
3. Visit a National Park
Your local National Park is sure to be full of adventures all year round! Warm up on a chilly day by taking a leisurely bushwalk along a guided track. Bring a checklist and see how many animals your little one can spot and encourage them to admire the natural beauty of our native plants. Most National Parks have picnic areas with seating, so be sure to bring a packed lunch and make a day out of your nature adventure.
4. Walk along the beach
You do not have to reserve beach days for summer only – there is plenty of fun to be had outside of the water. Take a walk along the shoreline and make stops along the way for activities. Use this time to build sandcastles (with shells for decoration), draw patterns in the sand with a stick, and pause to marvel at the crashing waves. Look out towards the horizon to spot any ships or sea creatures that may be swimming around!
5. Play in the rain
Make the most of rainy days by turning off the TV and putting on your raincoat and gumboots. Frolic in the drizzle – this is a perfect time to teach your child about the water cycle. Stomp in puddles and play about in the mud (if you do not mind the mess). Put buckets out to collect rainwater and show your child the importance of water conservation firsthand.
6. Collect leaves
By wintertime, plenty of trees have shed their leaves, creating plenty of free materials for arts and crafts. Let your child collect fallen leaves from outside and use them to create their masterpiece. All you need is some glue, paper, pencils, and crayons – and let your young ones do the rest! Stick the nature-inspired artwork on the fridge for everyone to admire.
7. Backyard camping
Enjoy a clear winter night’s sky by lying under the stars of your backyard. Set up a tent and sleeping bags, toast some marshmallows, and let your child experience the wonders of outdoor living. Backyard camping is an ideal practice run if you are considering going camping in the warmer months. With access to all the creature comforts of your house, you can slowly adjust your child to the new environment.
8. Learn to ride a bike
Learning to ride a bike is a huge milestone for your child – and for you as a parent. Go to your local park or a nearby bike track and let them learn the ropes on training wheels. Once they are ready for the leap, stand nearby and be prepared to help them regain their balance and perfect their two-wheel technique. Practice makes perfect, so take a few afternoons to build their confidence.
Article supplied by Reggio Academy