Fun Indoor and Outdoor Winter Games for Kids

| December 27, 2019 | 12 Comments

Fun Indoor and Outdoor Winter Games for Kids

Winter is a time of cold and snow that can be a difficult time for many kids to get their proper amounts of exercise. Unlike warm summers and springs, kids can’t always play a wide variety of sports. They often get bored making the same old snowman or having endless snowball fights. Even worse, in the winter, the weather may get too extreme for kids to even go outside. However, there are a few winter games that can be played inside during these extreme cold periods and many structured outdoor games that can test their athletic skills.

Family sitting in the snow

Playing any outdoor game requires wearing a proper amount of winter clothing, including boots, gloves, hats, thick winter jackets, and even snow pants. Play time should be limited depending on how cold it is outside.

Ice fishing doesn’t have to be an outdoor activity

Ice fishing is a winter activity that requires standing on top of frozen lakes in warm fish shanties. This outdoor activity has ice fishers cut holes in the ice and dangle their line inside to catch fish. For younger children, this type of activity may be dangerous or difficult for them due to the cold or the risks of breaking ice. Luckily, there are ways to let kids ice fish indoors. All you need is a blue sheet, dowels, sticks, eye hole hangers, string and clothes pins.

The ice is made by screwing two eye hole hangers into the wall, tying the string tightly through the eye hole hangers and throwing the blue sheet over top. The kids can then tie a string to their dowel and tie a clothing pin to the other end of the string to create their fishing bowl. Parents stand on the other side of the sheet with a bucket that contains either small toy fish or other fun prizes. The parents attach the clothes pin to the prize and tug the string. The kid can then reels in his prize. This is great for birthday parties in the winter.

Fun Indoor and Outdoor Winter Games for Kids
Girl playing in the snow

Hidden Snow Flag tests kids’ physical endurance and cleverness

This hidden snow flag winter outdoor game has kids running, hiding and searching through stacks of snow looking for a white flag. A white flag is tied to the end of a brown stick and given to one of the children. The starting child should be picked randomly by drawing sticks or playing rock, paper, scissors. The rest of the kids stay in the house while the starting child goes outside. The child hides his flag somewhere in the back yard (with adult supervision). The flag can be hidden by snow hills but not completely buried.

After the first child is done, he comes in and the rest of the kids go out and try to find the flag. Their efforts are timed on a stop watch. When one of the children finds the flag, the stop watch is stopped and the time written down. Each child is timed on how long it takes the kids to find their flag. The kid whose flag took the longest to find is the winner.

Gift wrapped

Unwrap the Gift, an indoor game, can get kids even more excited for Christmas

Winter is a time that many children get excited about due to Christmas and all the presents they will unwrap. Playing this winter game, can help kids get in the Christmas spirit even earlier. Several small gifts, such as candy or small toys are placed in small cardboard boxes and wrapped up in at least 10 or 12 layers of wrapping paper. This should be done before the children come to the party so that they can’t see the gifts.

The children then sit into a circle. One of the children is handed a present. She pulls off the wrapping paper and passes it to the kid on her right. He then removes a layer of wrapping paper and hands it to the next child. This continues until the last layer is taken off. The child who opens it gets to keep the present and sits out the rest of the game. Game play continues until each child has opened a present for themselves.

Fun Indoor and Outdoor Winter Games for Kids
Fun Indoor and Outdoor Winter Games for Kids

Jumping snow hurdles, active winter fun for children

Jumping snow hurdles can keep kids physically active in the cold lazy months of winter. A series of small snowballs should be made and arranged into a race course. These snowballs should be no bigger than a soccer ball or basketball. The route should be circular, like a real track in order to emulate real hurdles.

The kids then take turns running through the track and jumping the hurdles to find the fastest and best hurdler of the group. Alternately, the route can be more complex, including twists and turns and can be used for a spirited game of follow the leader. Cooperative games are often more fun for very young children and this can be a great cooperative game for the winter.

There are many other types of fun winter games to play with children. There are winter crafts, such as cutting snowflakes or making cotton ball snowmen. Snowball throwing distance contests as well as snowball size rolling contests are all fun kids ideas that can be modified in any way.

What is your favourite indoor or outdoor activity to do with your kids during the winter? Comment below!

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Shirley P says:

    The games sound like a lot of fun to play

  2. Shirley O says:

    A lot of enjoyable activities and games to play with my grandchildren. The Unwrap the Gift game sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. Paresh Pandya says:

    that’s a great list to keep on hand

  4. Jenn says:

    These are excellent ideas. I love fishing because it teaches patience, so I especially love the indoor ice fishing idea.

  5. LisaM says:

    Skating outdoors is so much fun!

  6. Calvin says:

    Neat games to play, especially during the holidays.

  7. Florence Cochrane says:

    Lots of great ideas. I love the idea Hidden Snow Flag. I loved getting out with my kids.

  8. Paresh Pandya says:

    the hidden snow flag sounds like a brutal game!

  9. Micheline says:

    Great ideas, in the winter it is sometimes hard to find some fun activies to do.

  10. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    This is a great way to entertain kids and get them away from the tech

  11. JoKing says:

    I love the idea of the gift game! Sounds fun for adults too.

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