No. 15 Go on a wintry adventure
Even when it's cold or snowing, there's plenty to discover outdoors. Lots of outside activities are just as fun in the winter. Make sure you wrap up in your warmest clothes (and maybe take a hot drink with you) before setting off. Go on a wintry adventure is no. 15 on our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.
Many of our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities can be done in winter - and you may find that they’re a very different experience. If you’re looking for wild animal clues, you’ll notice that a spider’s web is even more beautiful when it’s covered in frost. It can also be easier to see animal tracks when the ground is bare in winter.
Make wild art
Why not make some wild art? Frost-covered leaves and grass have very interesting textures. Try taking a small bottle of food colouring along and making frozen ice paint to give your art added colour.
Homes for wild animals
Or perhaps you could make a home for a wild animal – they need a safe, cosy and warm spot in winter more than ever. You may also spot different birds in winter, when many species have already migrated south for warmer climes. See if you can spot a robin with its bright red breast. What do you think it's up to? Listen out for its song.
Feed the birds
Chances are the birds will appreciate some food at this time of year. It's an easy thing to take along seeds, mealworms or peanuts for them to eat.
Is it cold enough to see your breath? Count how long your icy blasts last when you breathe out. How far can you make them go? Imagine if you could freeze things with your ice breath.
When it’s cold and frosty, why not go for a winter walk? Listen for the crunch of your footsteps on frosty ground. Find a frozen puddle and see what's under the ice. Touch it with your bare hands and listen to the cracking sounds as you crunch your way through it in your wellies.
Look for places where water might drip and form icicles. Try looking under the eaves of your house, on outside taps, or at the edge of a trickling stream. See who can find the longest icicle.
Catch a snowflake
Try to catch a falling snowflake. If you do, you'll see how beautiful and intricate they are, like little works of art.
Make snow angels
Lie down in the snow, then open and close your legs. Spread your arms out either side of you and move them up and down. When you get up, you'll have made the outline of an angel in the snow.
Snowballs and snowmen
You probably don't need instructions on making snowballs but they're best when the snow is powdery and not too wet.
For your snowman, will you use the traditional carrot for a nose and stones for eyes, and a scarf, or are you going to make a snow dog or snow cat instead? The only limit is your imagination and the amount of snow you have.
Make a snow house
Making an igloo or a snow house out of blocks of snow is a great way to challenge yourself. You don't have to make it big enough for you to get in - you could do it mouse or cat sized.
Once you've got a sledge, you're pretty much guaranteed hours of snowy fun hurtling down snow-covered hills and having fun falling off and starting all over again.
After your adventures, you could well be feeling a bit hungry and perhaps cold. Even in winter you can enjoy a delicious picnic and cosy up around a campfire to warm your food (and hands) while you think about your adventures. The bonus is that you'll be doing another two of our ‘50 things’.
To ensure you can complete your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities safely, here are some top tips to help you complete your challenges with safety in mind.
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When it's pouring with rain, what could be better than chucking on your wellies and waterproofs and zooming around in the puddles, soaking up all the watery fun?
You can double the fun when you share your wildlife adventures with a friend. Taking a friend on a nature adventure is no. 50 on our list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.
Don’t let the cold weather put you off enjoying frosty landscapes and the clear, crisp air. Keep toasty and warm on your next winter walk with these top tips and kit ideas.