Emily Skivington | 14 November 2023
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As winter blankets the world in a snowy embrace, the great outdoors transform into a magical wonderland. But what about those cozy days spent indoors? Fear not, for the spirit of adventure can thrive within the warmth of your home.

  1. Winter Scavenger Hunt

Bring the outdoors inside with a nature-themed scavenger hunt. Create a list of items inspired by winter, such as pinecones, twigs, or even a picture of a snowman. Kids can then scour the house to find these items, encouraging exploration and observation.

  1. DIY Bird Feeders

Turn your home into a bird-friendly haven by crafting DIY bird feeders. Using pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed, kids can create treats for feathered friends. Hang the feeders near windows to transform birdwatching into a delightful indoor pastime.

  1. Indoor Camping Adventure

Transform the living room into a cozy campsite. Set up a tent, use blankets as sleeping bags, and bring the ambiance of a crackling fireplace with a makeshift “campfire” using LED lights. Share stories, sing campfire songs, and enjoy the warmth of indoor camping.

  1. Nature Art Gallery

Encourage creativity by organizing a nature art gallery at home. Collect leaves, twigs, and pine needles to create winter-inspired masterpieces. Arrange the artworks around the house to showcase the little artists’ talents and infuse the home with a touch of wilderness charm.

  1. Animal Tracks Tracking

Create animal tracks using cutouts or drawings of various wildlife. Hide these tracks around the house, and let the kids become nature detectives, following the tracks to discover the “animals” hiding in different corners.

  1. Indoor Obstacle Course

Design an indoor obstacle course that mimics the challenges of the wilderness. Use household items to create hurdles, balance beams, and crawling spaces. This not only keeps the kids active but also enhances their motor skills and coordination.

  1. Storytelling by the Fire

Gather around a “fire” (real or simulated) for a storytelling session. Encourage kids to share their own wilderness adventures or let their imagination run wild with tales of magical creatures and winter wonders.

  1. Winter Animal Imitations

Bring the outdoors inside by mimicking the movements and sounds of winter animals. Whether it’s hopping like a rabbit, waddling like a penguin, or howling like a wolf, this game adds a touch of wildlife flair to indoor playtime.

  1. DIY Snowflakes

Create your own winter wonderland by making DIY paper snowflakes. Channelling creativity into crafting can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity, and these handmade snowflakes can decorate the home, bringing the enchantment of winter indoors.

  1. Winter Nature Journal

Encourage the kids to keep a winter nature journal. They can document the changes in the weather, draw pictures of winter scenes, and even jot down their observations of birds or other wildlife they see from the comfort of their home.

Winter need not be a season confined to the great outdoors. With these at-home wilderness games and challenges, kids can embark on imaginative adventures, explore the wonders of nature indoors, and create lasting memories of winter magic. So, gather the young explorers, stoke the fires of creativity, and let the indoor wilderness adventures begin!

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