Top Tips to Keep Kids Creative and Active in the Winter

I came across a very interesting article this week ‘Keep curiosity alive and children will thrive’. It is full of interesting finding all about keeping kid’s creativity going. One part particularly stood out for me from British author, academic and education innovator Sir Ken Robinson;


‘Creativity is as important as literacy in education — but schools can educate the creativity out of people’


There have been many other interesting write ups on this issue which I have found really insightful such as ‘Everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school’ and ‘We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education’ both from


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For me keeping creativity in children is about exploration, getting outside, find out about the world around us. It is always harder in the winter however here are some top tips for keeping your kids curious and creative through the colder months;


1.Make a winter campfire Jenny of Monkey and Mouse told her story of when her family decided to go out and do just this. They kids had a blast helping to create the campfire and cook food on it. I thought this was just brilliant, and what a great new experience for your little ones.


2. Go for an activity filled woodland walk of course getting outside and walking is great for a family activity especially if you have a dog. This could get a little boring so why not include some cool activities along the way. Get Out With The Kids has a great piece on ‘18 Tips for a Woodland Walk with Kids’ including a scavenger hunt, tree climbing and bark rubbing.


3. Get your sledge out – the main ingredient to this one is the white stuff…snow. If you are lucky enough to have snow where you are make sure you get wrapped up and get stuck in. One of my fondest memories is sledging with my Dad when I was young. Need a sledge? Not to worry, we have you covered.


4. Feed the birds – Don’t worry, you don’t need to go out and buy an all singing all dancing bird feeder, you can get the kids involved in making one themselves. Take a look at this step by step guide to ‘Making a Bird Feeder’ by the RSPB. This gives the kids a great incentive to get out and keep the feeders full up, sit back and watch the magic happy. Ask them to write down which birds they see and even draw pictures of them.


5. Photography – most people now have a smart phone or digital camera. Let your little one take some snap shots of the great outdoors and see what they come up with. They will love stepping up to the plate and you never know, you may have a budding photographer on your hands. If you don’t have a camera phone or digital camera, why not get an old school disposable!!