10 Outdoor Activities Full of Festive Spirit

We’ve rounded up 10 brilliant outdoor activities full of festive spirit to enjoy with your children this winter. Wrap up warm, pack a flask of hot chocolate and spend a wonderful day outdoors with your family.

Nothing gets us into the festive spirit quite like getting outdoors at this time of the year. We’ve rounded up our favourite outdoor activities to enjoy with your children this Christmas season.

1) Look for animal footprints

Head out into the fresh snow (fingers crossed for some snow this winter!) and look for animal footprints. Try to guess the animal the footprints belong to. How many different footprints can you spot? You can stomp through the snow (or mud) and make your own footprints, too!

2) Make a Christmas cake bird feeder

Christmas time is all about giving. Why not make a super easy bird feeder for your hungry feathered friends? Hang it on a tree in your garden when it’s ready (or take a trip to the nearest park). Good news – no baking is required. Follow our quick and easy recipe and help out birds this winter.

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3) Make an elf house

Head to a local park or wildlife area and make your own Elf or Fairy house. Children will love the process of building and personalising the house. Have a look at our step by step guide to making an Elf house.

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4) Search for hedgehogs

Wrap up warm and get searching for hedgehogs in your very own garden or in your local park. Their nests may be quite large, usually made of moss, grass, leaves and other garden debris. They can be found at the base of thick hedges, under thick bramble bushes, garden sheds or piles of rubbish. You must remember though, never wake a sleeping hedgehog.

5) Seal racing

Bundle up your children in snowsuits and find a snow (or ice) covered ground. Ask children to lay on their bellies and pull themselves along using only their arms. The first person to cross the finish line is the winner.

6) Go on a Christmas walk

Get the whole family together and head outdoors for a post-Christmas dinner walk. Have a look at our top 10 family-friendly winter walks.

7) Organise a festive picnic in your back garden

With the lockdown in place, we have to celebrate a little differently this year but this shouldn’t stop the fun. We have some brilliant tips for you on how to organise the perfect back-garden Christmas.

8) Winter watch

Create a Christmas-themed scavenger hunt around your neighbourhood or garden. There are lots of things to spot on a winter scavenger hunt: animal tracks, pine cones, evergreen trees and many more! Download our handy spotting sheet and head outdoors with your brave explorers.

9) Go on a present hunt

Wrap up a box in gift paper and hide it outside for your children to find. You can give clues such as “getting warmer” they get closer to the box and “going cold” if they move further away or in the wrong direction.

10) Make a Christmas wreath

Making Christmas crafts will surely get you and your family into the festive spirit. With our top tips you can craft your very own Christmas wreath and get the whole family involved. Go out for a walk with your little ones and ask them to collect lots of branches, pine cones and anything else nature has left on the ground. We’re sure your children will enjoy taking part in the holiday preparations and they’ll be so proud to show visiting family members all the lovely decorations they crafted. Here is how to make your own Christmas wreath.