Family Activities to do in January

January 6, 2020 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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In The Garden

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

Homemade Bird Feeders

Don’t forget our feathered friends when the weather is colder, they need all the help they can get! I have a post full of ideas of Homemade Bird Feeders that you can make with the kids, which also includes my very simple recipe of how to make Fat Balls for birds.

bug hunter

Bug Hunting

There are still plenty of bugs around this time of year, my little boy is fascinated by them! Why not go on a bug hunt, or Make Your Own Bug Trap in the garden and see what you catch.

Cress Egg Heads

Growing Cress Heads

It might be too cold to grow anything outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow things inside! Growing Cress Egg Heads is a fun little activity and it’s great for introducing children to the concept of growing food from seeds.

Outdoor Adventures

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
Winter Outdoor Activities

Winter Outdoor Activities

One of my most popular posts is 33 Super Fun Winter Outdoor Activities for Kids. It is full of ideas of things to do outside when the weather is less than perfect and great fun for all the family. From geo-caching, scavenger hunts, den building, bark rubbing and puddle jumping. Lots of ideas whatever the weather!

Go On A Footprint Hunt

It also happens to be a great time of year to go hunting for footprints. The kids love doing this and making plaster casts of the footprints we find. If you’d like to try it yourself I have a post on How to Make Plaster Casts of Animal Footprints.

Kitchen Creations

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.

Featured image for slow cooker spicy pumpkin soup

Slow Cooker Soups

I have several slow cooker soup recipes on the blog if you want to check them out. Spicy Pumpkin, Roasted Butternut Squash, or my favourite at the moment Creamy Mushroom and Tarragon soup made with homemade chicken stock.

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 creative. Here are some of our favourite craft activities to do with the kids in the Winter.

Winter Slime

Make Winter Slime

Who doesn’t love a bit of slime making? This super simple recipe for Winter Slime makes it the perfect rainy day activity.

How to Make a Simple Snow Globe

Make Your Own Snow Globe

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

Jam Jar Chinese Paper Lantern Craft

Simple Jam Jar Chinese Paper Lanterns

Don’t forget Chinese New Year at the end of the month, and these simple Jam Jar Chinese Paper Lanterns are a great oppourtunity to teach your kids about the Chinese festival.

Make Pipe Cleaner Dragons

These Pipe Cleaner Dragons are super simple to make, and only require a handful of crafty materials. This could also be incorporated into Chinese New Year crafts, or at any other time of the 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 on Winter Crafts and Activities.

Whatever you decide to do, make it 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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