As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it can be even harder than ever to get outside, especially with your kids. Here, I’ve put together a printable list of 24 outdoor activities. They can be used all together as an Outdoor Activity Advent Calendar or choose some as a Countdown to the Winter Solstice, or Eight Nights of Hanukkah!
Simply print the list and cut along the dotted lines. If you have an empty advent calendar, fill it with one activity per day! You may want to consider which days fall on weekends and put longer duration activities in those. Alternatively, fold the activities and put into a large vase or jar and let your child choose one per day!
These activities are non-seasonal so you should be able to complete them whether you live in the tropics or the tundra. Each activity comes with a material list and estimated time to complete. Nineteen of them can be done in 20 minutes or less, and seven are meant to be done after dark!
You probably have most of the materials at home already. Here is a complete material list if you want to prepare ahead:
- Construction paper
- Markers or crayons
- Large bowl or casserole dish
- Sculpey clay, playdoh, or make your own salt dough
- Glass jar and candle OR paper bag and glow stick
- Paper plates
- Contact paper
- A favorite book
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Trash bag
- Vase or glass jar
- A warm drink
- Paint brushes
- Glow sticks
And, of course, lots of found objects from nature which you’ll gather along your way!
We’d love to see pictures of you and your little ones enjoying this list. Use #365Outside to share with us!
Enjoy and happy holidays from all of us here at 365Outside!