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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!