Eight inspiring outdoor play ideas for winter

Eight inspiring outdoor play ideas for winter

As the weather gets colder, it may be tempting to spend most of your time indoors, keeping warm. But outdoor play is incredibly beneficial for your child’s development, even during winter. Playing outdoors will help your child stay active and healthy, explore the world around them and develop independence and confidence. Outdoor activities also provide wonderful opportunities for your child to build relationships with their peers and learn how to collaborate and cooperate with others.

If you’re stuck for inspiration, here are eight outdoor play activities your child will love during the cooler months of the year:

1. Jumping in puddles

Young children never seem to tire of this classic activity. Simply dress your little one in gumboots and a raincoat, and let them splash away with joy!

2. Nature walks

There’s plenty of beauty to be found in nature, even when the weather is cold. Rug up, and go for a stroll in your local parkland with your child. While you’re at it, try to spot local birdlife, insects, animals and interesting flowers and plants to keep your child engaged.

3. Outdoor scavenger hunts

This is a fun way to get your child exploring and using their imagination. Compile a list of items for your little one to find, such as leaves, feathers or flowers, and let the adventures begin!

4. Bike rides

Go on a family bike ride on bike paths or around the local neighbourhood. This is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors while getting some fresh air and exercise

5. Mud painting

Children love this messy, fun activity. Give your little one free rein over some mud and paintbrushes, and watch their creativity flow!

6. Winter picnics

Head outdoors for a picnic lunch in your backyard or local park. Encourage your child to help prepare the food to carry with you, such as healthy dips, veggie slices or muffins, or to choose items from a store.

7. Planting seasonal vegetables

In Melbourne, winter is a great time to plant carrots, beetroot, spinach, potatoes, kale, leek and other cool-season veggies. Encourage your child to help in the garden, and they’ll be excited to see their hard work pay off come harvest time!

8. Digging for worms

Children love getting their hands dirty, so this activity is sure to be a hit! Head outside with a shovel and some plastic bags, and let your child dig up worms for fishing or composting.

Outdoor play at Learning Ladder

Your child will love spending time in Learning Ladder’s outdoor learning environments, which are purpose-built spaces designed to be positive, fun, creative and stimulating and meet the diverse educational needs of children up to six years of age. Where possible, your child will have access to the indoors and outdoors throughout the day, with autonomy in where they want to play. To learn more about our educational environments or programs, get in touch today.


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