12 Fun Winter Activities for Families

Please welcome Annabelle Short and her fun ideas for staying active as a family this winter. Annabelle is a mom, a craft-lover, and a writer. I’ve enjoyed her creative spirit and look forward to teaming up with her more in the future. 


While I wouldn’t want it to be winter all year long, I always long for the few months of cold weather that we get here at home. There is just something about the cold weather that brings so much joy – maybe it is because everyone becomes snuggly or because people pull out their Christmas lights or maybe just because there are so many holidays during the winter that involve eating so much good food.

But, regardless of what leads us to love the winter time so much, my family and I enjoy celebrating the winter by doing fun activities together. In fact, we actually collaborated as a family to create a list of all our favorite fun winter activities, then we put them in a jar and we take turns drawing one when we are looking for something to do.

Even if it isn’t snowing, or if it is, here are a few ideas of fun winter activities to do with your family:

Make Holiday Tags

If you are stuck indoors – the winter weather can be quite brutal – a great idea is to DIY some of your holiday supplies. I personally love to label all gifts we give and the ones we place under the tree; but, I have found I love it that much more when we make our own holiday tags. We just get a few blank paper tags, decorate a few, then save those for when we need them! You can also recycle old Christmas cards into gift tags. 

Go Sledding

Of course, this can only be done in the snow – but, you don’t need a proper sled to do it…Grab a trash can lid or a piece of cardboard and hit the slopes.

Make Ornaments

Getting creative with your kids is always a fun option. Whether you prefer paper ornaments, painting glass ornaments, or creating something totally your own – making ornaments is creative and fun!

Make Paper Snowflakes

We don’t always get snow where I am from, so, sometimes we have to just make our own. With some scissors and a few pieces of blank white paper you can easily turn your home into a winter wonderland. Or shake things up and use colorful paper!

Warm Up With Some Soup and Homemade Bread

Of course, half of the fun of winter involves food. As the weather cools down, warm food becomes even tastier. If we are looking for a fun way to involve the entire family, we will have the kids join us in the kitchen to make a big pot of soup. When you can’t get outside, take advantage of opportunities to teach indoor skills such as cooking and baking. Amish Friendship Bread is an easy bread to make and give away to friends, neighbors, and loved ones.

Bake Cookies

After that delicious soup, you will need some dessert, of course! We often bake sugar cookies and then use icing to decorate them with our favorite winter designs.

Drink Hot Cocoa

If you want to make an entire night out of it start by making soup, bake your cookies, and then enjoy some hot chocolate by a warm fire while watching a movie. (Real homemade hot cocoa is so easy to make!) There is nothing better than a lazy night in!

Which brings me to my next point…

Make a Fire in the Fireplace

If you have a fireplace, you likely already know that during the winter it becomes your best friend.

One of my favorite winter memories as a child is when my dad would get a warm fire going in the fireplace and us kids would sit by it on the floor and just play board games until we couldn’t keep our eyes open.

Make a Holiday Wreath

Aside from all of the holiday-themed food, there are also plenty of holiday-themed crafts just calling your name. Decorating a wreath for your front door is a great way to have a fun winter activity to do while creating something unique, creative, and festive for your home. After all, it is the first thing people say when they come to your home. 

Turn Up the Holiday Music

When winter comes, the holidays can be seen in every aspect of life – even down to our music. Why not just crank up the holiday music and have a dance party with the kids? It could even be fun to take some time and teach your children special Christmas carols.

Throw a Holiday Party

Each year we try to get together with our friends and their kiddos just to celebrate the ending of another year. This is also a great time to pull out all those holiday-themed snacks you’ve been working on. Thank you chocolate covered everything!

Have a Snowball Fight

If you are lucky enough to have snow during the winter, when you get done sledding, have a snowball fight. Then, follow it up by a warm night by the fire with a glass of hot cocoa.

Which activity sounds like the most fun to you?

I personally am headed to the kitchen now to start on my favorite holiday cookies!

Meet Annabelle:

Annabelle Short is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. She is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11). Annabelle writes about crafting, sewing, and parenting. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles and writes for Wunderlabel. You can visit her blog to learn more about her and her work.

2 thoughts on “12 Fun Winter Activities for Families

  1. Love these ideas! This year we made homemade Christmas cards for the first time. Our 4YO did great with the stamps, but we had to demote the 2YO to “envelope duty” (stamping and placing stickers on random envelopes I had) – which then turned into having her watch her tablet while we finished up. 😉

    • Lol I totally understand that! I *usually8 love involving Rebekah in crafts and cooking though it takes longer and is messy. And sometimes I purposefully distract her so I can finish up. 🙂 She helped me make Oreo balls for a party recently and it pretty much consisted of her trying to eat all of them and accidentally dumping out an entire container of sprinkles! I do think it is worth it. She gets so excited to put on her apron, pull up her stool, and help mama. I like to think we are making messy memories. That being said, I am still procrastinating on making Christmas cookies . . .

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