Fun Outdoor Activities to Help Avoid Cabin Fever

Jill Holtz

October 20, 2020

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When the weather is bad, the roads can be too dangerous to venture too far unless essential, but if the children are off school for at least another few days, what can we do?

Here are some outdoor activities to help avoid cabin fever that don’t involve going further than your own house, garden or estate.

How to Avoid Cabin Fever

Everyone has been stuck indoors for some time now, and people are getting grumpy. Even if you can’t venture far, there are still some fun things you can do outdoors to get everybody out the house for a short while at least and burn off some of that cabin fever.

Add to Your Snow Collection

You probably built a snowman with the kids the minute enough snow landed. Time to add to your snow collection by making snowfamilies and snow animals.

And be sure to try making some snow angels too!

It takes “sNOw” imagination, bundle up, but don’t spend too long, gloves and clothes get wet and cold quickly!

Take an Arctic Stroll

Bundle up well and head out for a short walk around your garden, estate. Look at what a difference a layer of snow makes:

  • See frozen spider webs,
  • Look for the longest icicle,
  • Identify foot prints across the snow.. human or other :)

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Feed the Birds

bird feeder outdoor activities for kids

Fill up the bird feeder with nuts, seeds, bacon rinds etc., and hang out side of a window. Break the ice on a water bath if you have one, so the birds have access to water (fill it with warm water).

Then head indoors to enjoy hot chocolate and watch for how many bird visitors you get. Keep track of the different birds.

#4. Make Arrow Trails

Find as many sticks as you can and take it in turns to make an arrow trail with the stick for everyone else to follow.

Put in some loops to make the trail more interesting.

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Snow Angels

avoid cabin fever snow angels

The classic outdoor activity when it snows is making snow angels.

Find a deep patch fall gently back and move your legs and arms up and down. Now get up carefully and see your angels.

Then head back indoors to warm up and dry up and try out our Fun Active Games for Kids, great for getting the kids active indoors whatever the weather!

Splash in Puddles

Rainy day activities for kids jumping in puddles

If it’s just rainy weather that has you housebound, why not dress in the waterproofs and wellies, and splash in puddles. This is great fun for all ages, but ideal for pre-schoolers to let off a bit of steam as well as encouraging them to count by checking how many puddles they found to jump in.

Tip – just make sure their waterproof trousers or dungarees are outside their wellies to help keep feet dry!

Fun Outdoor Activities to Help Avoid Cabin Fever

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