Here are 100 best fun winter activities for kids. If you live in an area of the world where it gets cold and snowy during the winter, you’re going to absolutely love this list of seriously fun winter activities for kids.
Below you’ll find a huge collection of boredom busting screen free indoor and outdoor winter activities for kids that are loads of fun for kids of all ages.
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38 Seriously Fun Winter Activities For Kids
Outdoor Winter Activities For Kids
#1 Paint Snow
Encourage outdoor creativity with fun Snow Art Kits. This Sno-Art Kit includes safe and non-toxic Sno-Markers that are used to paint and decorate the snow.
#2 Build A Snowman
Build a snowman in your front or back yard. Deck out your snowman in a custom outfit by buying a snowman making kit.
#3 Go Tobogganing
Get yourself a double or even triple passenger Toboggan and hit the hills. This winter activity for kids is a guaranteed fun time. Don’t forget a good snow helmet to keep your kids safe.
#4 Go Sledding
If you’ve got younger kids sledding might make for the perfect winter activity for your family. Adults get a nice walk and young kids enjoy being pulled tugged across the snow.
#5 Build Tracks In Your Backyard
If you’ve got a backyard you can dig out snow tracks to make your very own sledding trail.
#6 Make Ice Balloons
Kids love playing with balloons. Fill balloons with water add some food coloring and leave them out in the cold. Pop the balloons once they are frozen solid to expose colored ice balls. Up the fun by using the frozen balloons as a ball for a game of winter lawn bowling.
#7 Make Snow Penguins
Create your very own colony of penguins with this Sno-buddy snow sculpture tool. Hours of fun, guaranteed!
#8 Scout Christmas Decorations In Your Neighborhood
One of our favorite winter activities for kids! A Christmas light walk is a must every winter in our home.
#9 Build A Snow Fort
Building a fort is another of our favorite winter activities for kids. Use a Sno-Brick Maker to build a fort, wall or igloo.
#10 Go Skating
Pull out the skates and head to a local indoor or outdoor skating rink for a few hours of fun and exercise. If skating is one of your favorite winter activities for kids you might want to take on the project of making your own DIY backyard skating rink.
#11 Head Out Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is another favorite winter activities for kids in our home. It’s a fun way to burn some extra energy and have fun in the process.
#12 Play Street Hockey
If the kids love hockey then setting them up with outdoor street hockey equipment like a net, sticks and a ball is a must. Street hockey is one of those fun winter activities for kids that encourage kiddos to spend hours outdoors and get a ton of exercise.
#13 Have a Colorful Snowball Fight
Who doesn’t love a snowball fight after a fresh wet snow? Invest in a color snow kit and spend hours making colorful snowballs for the ultimate snowball fight.
#14 Go Snowshoeing
Try snowshoeing if you love exploring, hiking and walking in the winter. Wearing snow shoes prevents you from sinking making your excursion far more enjoyable.
#15 Winter Bean Bag Toss
Bean bag tosses are always fun. Turn this into one of those favorite winter activities for kids that you can set up in just minutes on your lawn, deck or driveway.
#16 Have A Winter Campfire
Campfires aren’t only for summer. Enjoy a winter campfire in a backyard fire pit so you can roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate with the kids.
#17 Make Snow Angels
Dress the kids warmly with good quality snow gear and get them in the snow making snow angels. One of those favorite winter activities for kids that every kid has got to try at least once.
#18 Catch Snowflakes
The best winter activities for kids don’t have to be expensive or complicated. Next time it snows, put on your snow gear and get out there and catch snowflakes!
#19 Go Ice Fishing
If you love fishing during summer you should give Ice Fishing a try! Dress warmly and head out to see how many fish you can catch.
Stargazing on a winter night is one of those cheap and easy winter activities for kids that you can decide to do at the very last minute. Put on your warm snow gear and head outside. An entry level telescope would make the experience even more fun!
#21 Go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt
Kids love scavenger hunts. Dress the kids in their warm snow gear and head out to do a neighborhood scavenger hunt.
#22 Shovel Your Neighbors Driveway
Have fun and do a good deed. The next time there’s a snowfall head outdoors and shovel your neighbors driveway.
#23 Go On A Winter Zoo Tour
Some zoos offer winter tours! Check your local zoos and take advantage of seeing animals in a winter habitat.
#24 Play In A Park After A Fresh Snowfall
If your kids love burning energy at the park than playing in the park after a fresh snowfall is guaranteed to become one of your favorite winter activities for kids. Dress warmly and enjoy playing outdoors in the fresh fluff snow.
#25 Make Snow Cones
Collect fresh clean snow and add your favorite flavorings. We love to make some Koolaid and pour it over some fresh clean snow to make our own DIY Snow cones.
Indoor Winter Activities For Kids
#26 Winter Themed I Spy Games
Encourage counting, sorting and coloring skills with these fun free printable I Spy game. These boredom busting winter activities for kids is the perfect way to encourage some screen free play.
#27 Create Window Art
This super cool Window Art Kit created by Made By Me makes for the best creative and imaginative winter activities for kids. Kids color suncatcher shapes to decorate windows throughout the house.
#28 Play With Play-Doh Cards
If Play-Doh is a favorite in your home, your kids are just going to love these free printable Alphabet Play Doh mats and number practice mats. For even more Play-Doh fun check out these fun food Play-Doh mats and Printable monster Play-Doh mats.
#29 Winter Crafts
Crafts make for great boredom busting winter activities for kids. Check out these really cute winter craft ideas to get started.
#30 Indoor Scavenger Hunts
Because scavenger hunts are always a hit! This indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt is one of those highly engaging boredom busting winter activities for kids your kids are just going to love.
#31 DIY Terraniums
If your kids are fascinated by nature you can encourage some boredom busting fun with a DIY Terrarium kit. Creativity for kids offers various habitats including fireflies, butterfly and grow n grow which makes this a great choice for kids with different interests.
#32 DIY Snow Globes
Snow globes are so much fun! With this DIY Snow globe kit your kids can make their very own snow globe. Each kit includes 2 snow globes, 12 clay colors, 10 glue dots, full-color instructions, sculpting tool and glitter to make a one of a kind art project.
#33 Sensory Bins
For the youngest kids, sensory bins are one of the best boredom busting winter activities for kids. You can encourage exploration and discovery skills by filling your sensory bin with cool items that suit your child’s interests making each bin 100% unique. Check out these 50+ sensory bin ideas for some inspiration.
#34 Nature Crafts
Hunt for crafting materials the next time you head out on a winter walk. Use those crafting materials (twigs, pine cones & acorns) to make beautiful nature crafts. Check out this really simple pine cone bird feeder from Red Ted Art for inspiration
#35 DIY Christmas Ornaments
Making DIY Christmas Ornaments is hands down one of my personal favorite indoor winter activities for kids. There’s no better boredom busting screen free activity. Click here to check out some of our absolute favorite DIY Christmas ornament tutorials you can make with kids.
#36 Camp Out In The Living Room
Camping doesn’t have to be reserved for the summer. Set up your campsite in your living room and bring the fun indoors.
#37 Have A Movie Night
Pop some popcorn, set up some floor pillows and snuggle up with the kids to enjoy a cozy indoor movie night. This is one of our favorite indoor winter activities for kids because we spend time cuddling and munching on delicious snacks.
#38 Make Slime
Do the kids love slime? Then, they’re going to love making DIY slime. Check out these non-toxic edible slime recipes that you can make with the kids.