Of course, it doesn’t have to be winter for it to rain, but it’s a good a time as any to tick this one off the list. Make sure you’ve got a warm (and waterproof) coat though, or you’ll be soggy and cold, which isn’t as much fun. Splash through puddles and stomp in ditches as the rain falls all around you.
Winter is a really good time to complete this challenge as there are lots of sticks around and it’ll be easier to spot them on the ground when you make your trail. Can you make your family follow a course through a field or park once you’ve marked out the way?
This is an activity made for the winter, simply wait for it to snow, pop your coat on and head out into the white stuff. Whether it’s sledging, snowball fights, snow-angel making or snowman-building that you fancy, you’ll be busy for ages.
No.22 explore inside a tree
When trees lose their leaves in autumn it’s easier to see if there’s anywhere inside them to explore. So grab your coat and get out there.
No.26 hunt for fossils and bones
It might not seem like an obvious activity to try in the winter as the ground is so hard when it’s cold, but if you’re anywhere near a beach or fields in winter when there are less people and animals around, then you could easily find your own bones or fossils.
No.27 go stargazing
Now you’ll need to wrap up warm to go stargazing in the winter, but cold nights generally mean clear night skies – perfect for watching the stars come out. You might not see Beyonce, but you’re almost certain to spot Orion with his bow and arrow in the winter sky.
No.34 track wild animals
It would be amazing to do this after it has snowed, but even if there isn’t any snow, tracking animals is another challenge that works in the winter. Look for footprints in mud, soil and sand or other signs such as droppings and see what you can track.
No.44 go bird watching
Thousands of migratory birds come to the UK’s shores in the winter, so it’s one of the best times to go bird watching if you’re making a special trip. Of course, as the trees lose their leaves it’s much easier to spot birds anyway, and winter is a great time to put feeders out, increasing your chances of seeing lots of different birds in your garden.
No.47 cook on a campfire
It’s how our ancestors cooked everything and when it’s cold outside there’s something just right about toasting marshmallows on a campfire, or jacket potatoes in the embers. Think of the fires on Bonfire Night and you’re half the way there, so what are you waiting for? You’ll need to make sure your wood is dry and then you’re good to go.
No.49 find a geocache
Heading out on a geocache hunt in winter is another great idea, it might be a bit cold, but the caches are all still there waiting to be found. And you probably won’t have much competition either!