#GEP12Days— Day 2 : Get Outdoors! Outdoor Winter Activities


It can be harder to get kids outside once the weather gets colder, but outdoor play during the winter has many benefits! This article from the Montessori Academy details some of those benefits, such as increased confidence, exercise, and conflict resolution skills. It may be difficult to find activities to do outdoors when it’s cold, especially when there’s no snow on the ground! Here’s some tips for getting outside during the next few months:

  1. This piece from Huffpost provides 5 tips for getting outdoors, as well as tips for layering and keeping warm!

  2. Our Canadian neighbors know a thing or two about cold weather, so here is a list from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on 50 things to do outside with kids during the winter. Our favorite ideas from the list are to make and hang a bird feeder, painting the snow with food color and water, and blowing bubbles to watch them freeze.

  3. The Penn State Extension details physical activity recommendations for length of outdoor play, as well as activity ideas, including snow pile Olympics, ice blocks, let’s find it walk, and more.

  4. Here are some tips on how to start Nature journaling - it's an activity that can be done year-round! PBS provides step-by-step instructions for how to make a nature journal from carboard, paper, and yarn.

  5. Let the Poweshiek County Conservation do some of the work for you! On Monday 12/28, Tuesday 12/29, and Wednesday 12/30 they are hosting an Out of the House for the Holidays event. Sign up for one or more events, all kids must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions meet at the Foster Center.


Need book recommendations? Drake Community Library has got you covered with an Outdoor Winter Activities booklist!



  • Downhill Skiing by Kara L. Laughlin

  • Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan by Cynthia Rylant

  • Red Sled by Patricia Thomas

  • Snow Wonder by Charles Ghigna

  • Sophie Skates by Rachel Isadora


For more titles check out our online catalog at: drakelibrary.org