As I write this post, winter has well and truly struck in the UK, with more snow than we have had for a long time. There is no official date for the first day of winter, and of course it depends on where in the world you live. In the Northern hemisphere, many people count the winter solstice (December 21st) as the start of winter, and in meteorology the months of December, January and February are usually considered to be winter. Winter isn't always the most inspiring time of year, especially with all the extra preparations that are needed to venture outside, but there are still plenty of winter activities that you can do with young children to teach them and inspire them.
I love this simple winter tree collage, made using sticks collected on a nature walk and decorated with cotton wool snow. I really like the way that this craft can be adapted for each season.
Making a wreath doesn't have to be just for Christmas, why not decorate your door for winter with a foam mitten wreath.
It's really easy to make puffy snow paint which you can use to create all sorts of snowy, wintery scenes.
Make a winter tree silhouette picture, really easy and looks beautiful.
If you have snow then there are lots of things that you can do. Of course there is the usual snowman building, sledging and snowball fights, and younger children will be happy with the summer sand toys, trucks and diggers.
The snow doesn't need to stay outside, you can bring a large container inside for some slightly warmer snow fun.
Make a snow sensory bath for your children using shaving foam and foam shapes. Not just for bedtime!
I've only recently discovered how easy it is to make your own playdough. This white playdough is perfect for some snow-themed winter fun.
Winter - This book has no text, instead a series of illustrations showing all the things that you can do in winter.
One Winter's Day - A lovely story about a kind-hearted little hedgehog.
The Bear's Winter House - A beautifully illustrated story about a bear and the preparations that he makes for winter.
Winter Babies Wear Layers - Showing all the things that babies get up to in winter.
2 snow speeder sledges - Speaking from personal experience, if you have more than one child then you need more than one sledge!
Instant Magic Snow - If you can't have real snow, this magic snow is brilliant. Water added to a small amount will produce a massive amount of pretend snow that can be dried out and re-used when you have finished with it.
Wooden Winter Vegetables - A good way to teach children that food is produced seasonally, instead of simply being available continuously in the supermarket.