Winter Traditions

December 4, 2021

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A huge list of ideas for wearing out the kids all winter long:

  • Make a hot cocoa bar for a fun after school surprise or a get together with friends.
  • Go to the library and check out new Christmas or winter themed books.
  • Teach the kids how to finger knit.
  • Play cards on the coffee table in front of the fire.
  • Go for a walk in the woods. In fact squeeze in lots of different hikes in winter: popcorn hike, lantern hike, hot cocoa hike, bird counting hike, etc. 1000 Hours Outside has lots of good ideas – check out their winter adventures advent calendar.
  • Make a movie theater in your living room with lots of snuffed animals and blankets.
  • Cut out snowflakes. Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make beautiful snowflakes out of paper bags.
  • String cranberries and oranges to decorate with.
  • Make snow angels.
  • Make beeswax candles.
  • Make salt dough ornaments.
  • Collect nature objects and freeze them in ice molds.
  • Freeze tiny toys in ice and have your child chip away the ice to free them.
  • Watercolor with ice.
  • Cut down your own Christmas tree.
  • Decorate your Christmas tree while listening to Christmas music and sipping cocoa.
  • Make cookies to give to your neighbors.
  • Host a gingerbread house competition.
  • Go to your local holiday walk or festival. We have The Festival of Trees and Christmas in the Village each year.
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
  • Leave cookies out for Santa and carrots out for his reindeer.
  • Adopt a family from an Angel Tree.
  • Go to a Christmas choral or orchestra concert.
  • Make fresh evergreen wreaths.
  • Make a backyard ice rink and host a skating party.
  • Go ice skating.
  • Read a Christmas book together as a family.
  • Do an Advent Calendar.
  • Decorate a tree outside with homemade ornaments made with bird seed and peanut butter for the birds.
  • Make maple syrup snow candy.
  • Build a snowman.
  • Build an igloo.
  • Make ice globes.
  • Have a winter bonfire with s’mores.
  • Read a book outside.
  • Go sledding, cross country skiing, or snow shoeing.
  • Have a winter tea party with the kids.
  • Make hand-made valentines.
  • Make ice sculptures and/or ice globe lanterns.

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