This post is brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com.
The holidays are behind us yet the kids’ energy hasn’t dissipated. The winter weather may have you looking for indoor activities to keep the littles busy but as my kids have proven to me time and again, a good dose of outdoor play in the fresh air can work wonders. A great way to keep them busy and entertained is to send them on a hunt.
You may have taken the kids on an outdoor scavenger hunt in the warmer months but colder temperatures and fallen snow opens a whole other side to exploring nature and how it changes and adapts to the season.
Be sure to grab a magnifying glass before heading out, like this whimsical one from Melissa & Doug. Kids will love getting close to the snow and bark to discover little details on their hunt.
Here’s a handy list of winter items we have spied on our winter walks but fee free to add other items that may be local to your area:
For treasures buried in the snow why not try a little panning, like in the gold rush days. Using the Flex Octopus Pail and Sifter place some snow in the sifter and then pour water over it. As the cold water is warmer than the snow, it will melt revealing anything that was hidden. My kids are still enthralled by the idea that cold water can melt things. You might also want to carry a flashlight for when dusk arrives early on those short winter days. Kids will love being winter fireflies using this cute Firefly flashlight.
An outdoor winter scavenger hunt is a great way to explore the local park, neighborhood or even your own backyard and discover the secrets hidden under a blanket of snow.