If snow prevents you from gardening outdoors, try an indoor garden. Hydroponic kits and greenhouses are a start to a lifelong love of green thumbing.
2. Take a Hike
Cold weather doesn’t have to keep you indoors. A thick coat, scarf, and heavy boots, and you're ready for a hike through the snow with your children or grandchildren. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the snowflakes falling on your tongues, and note the glittering sheets of snow and ice. Snow captures the footprints of different animals — you can guess which critter they belong to and take a picture with your cellphone. Point out that no two snowflakes are alike. And think of that nice cup of hot chocolate waiting for you when you return home!
3. Bird Watching
4. Treasure Hunt
Nature’s treasure hunts are great for all seasons, even when there's snow on the ground. Make a scavenger hunt list for kids to find: rocks, twigs, leaves, pine cones, empty (fallen) birds’ nests and such. Have them take pictures of birds and trees. Teach your kids about keeping our environment clean by grabbing a few trash bags and picking up litter. A clean planet Earth is a treasure in itself.
5. Snow Day!
Not every winter day is suitable for outdoor activities, but kids can still connect to nature through books, children’s museums, arts and crafts, science projects, and the like. This is the perfect time to go to the garage and build that birdhouse! Grab a large measuring cup and find out how much snow you need to melt to get a cup of water.
Frigid weather won’t stop children from wanting to go outdoors. They may not even feel the cold! It's the parents who often need some encouragement. Be a role model and take advantage of winter’s unique opportunities!
K. DeShawn Smith caught a fish on his first camping trip and he’s been hooked on the outdoors ever since, whether viewed from the deck of a luxurious ski lodge or a hike-in campsite deep in the woods.