Family Activities to do in January

December 31, 2018 3 Comments
Family activities to do in January

After the excitement of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, January can sometimes be a bit of a “meh” month. But it needn’t be. There’s lots of things you can do as a family inside and out to get your creative juices flowing and inspire those budding imaginations. Here are some suggestions and inspiration for Family Activities to do in January.

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It’s too cold to plant anything yet outside (unless you are lucky enough to own a heated greenhouse), but there are some great garden related activities you can do with the kids this winter.

How to Make Fat Balls for Birds

Making Bird Feeders

It’s important to look after our wildlife in the colder months, and Making Fat Balls for birds is a simple, fun activity to do with the kids in the warmth of your kitchen.

Cress Egg Heads

Making Cress Egg Heads

Growing Cress heads is a lovely little activity to do with the kids which allows them to develop their fine motor skills and learn and watch how our food grows from seeds. A great introduction to gardening whilst waiting for the warmer weather.

Outdoor Activities

Just because the weather is a bit colder and sometimes wet and windy it doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and find some fun activities for all the family.

“Bad Weather Always Looks Worse Through a Window”

Tom Lehrer

Go On a Footprint Hunt

If it’s dry, this is the perfect time of year to go on a footprint hunt! The ground is nice and firm which is perfect for making plaster casts of animal tracks

Winter Outdoor Activities

Go On a Winter Outdoor Adventure

If you need more inspiration to get outside, then check out 33 Super Fun Winter Outdoor Activities for Kids. Plenty of ideas for outdoor family adventures.

In The Kitchen

With all that energy spent out in the cold, you are going to want to come home to something warm and comforting. You can’t beat coming home from an adventure to a warming soup that has been cooking all morning in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Mushroom and Tarragon Soup

Slow Cooker Soup

This is one of my favs. You simple cant beat a bowl of Creamy Mushroom and Tarragon Soup to give you a virtual hug.

Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Or if you are looking for a recipe to do with the kids, then this Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls recipe is perfect. Great to introduce baking skills to children of all ages.

Arts and Crafts

Obviously if you’d rather stay indoors, then it’s a great excuse to get out the arts and crafts bits and bobs and get creating. Here are some of our favourite craft activties to do with the kids whatever the weather.

Make Pipe Cleaner Dragons

These Pipe Cleaner Dragons are super simple to make, and only requires a handful of crafty materials. Perfect to do with the kids on a rainy day.

How to Make a Snow Globe

Make Your Own Snow Globe

Or what about making your own Snow Globe? I’ve promised my son that I will do him a dinosaur one this year.

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration for family activities to do in January, but if you need some more ideas then check out our Pinterest board!

Whatever you decide to do, make a good start to the new year!

Kerry x


  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy January 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I have also written a post on gardening with children#kifsandkrestivity@_katendennis

  • Emma January 7, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Love some of these ideas, especially the plaster cast animal tracks!! Today we’ve done indoor crafts (making dragon flies from clothes pegs) as it’s been a windy wet day. Reading this the quote really stood out, it’s true the weather does look worse through a window…and the kids would love splashing about in puddles!! #KidsandKreativity

  • Naomi Oikonomou January 8, 2019 at 2:04 am

    What a great resource to fight the january blues!!!! Thanks for all the ideas, I need as much as possible to keep the kids going between each frosty down pour!!! #kidsandkreativity

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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