Don’t let the cold weather keep you from enjoying this time of year! There are still plenty of fun activities that you can do to enjoy the cold weather together as a family. Here are a few of our favourites:
Bundle up and head outdoors for a family stroll. Explore a new park or neighbourhood. Try turning your walk into a scavenger hunt by making a list of nature items to find while you’re out. If you’re really creative, you can even bring those items home and turn them into a winter craft. We love the stick tree by Fantastic Fun and Learning (https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/winter-tree-art-kids.html) and ice ornaments by Red Ted Art (https://www.redtedart.com/kids-get-crafty-ice-ornaments/).
Enjoy the Holiday Lights
Get into the holiday spirit by visiting a Christmas light display. There are some fantastic free setups around the community and paid installations if you’re looking for something more elaborate. To start your search for holiday lights in your area, check out: https://www.blogto.com/city/2023/12/best-christmas-lights-toronto/
Bring the Snow Indoors
Even those that hate the cold can enjoy the snow when you bring it inside! Place a few handfuls in a bowl or on a baking sheet. Lay down a towel on the floor or table and let your child explore the temperature and texture of the snow from the warmth of your own home. Add some more temperature exploration by putting some small toys inside a bowl of water and letting it freeze. Pull it out of the freezer after a few hours and let your child chip away at the ice (or use warm water to help it melt).
Visit your Local Library or EarlyOn Centre
Libraries and EarlyOn centres (for those 0-6 years old) are still open and offer free drop-in and scheduled activities during the holidays. Read some books, play with some new toys, and meet new friends in a relaxed environment.
Learn Something New
Take advantage of the school break to learn a new skill or hobby along with your child. Maybe they’ve been wanting to try coding or play a musical instrument. Pick up a book from the library, check out a tutorial on Youtube or do some research online to help you. Sharing the experience of learning a new skill demonstrates to your child the value of trying new things. You are also a wonderful model for how to handle challenges and problem solve!
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!