Now that the excitement of Christmas has passed and the winter weather is taking it's toll, your little ones may be suffering from January Blues. But don't let the rain, wind and snow dampen the fun! Here are some great ideas to keep them entertained both outdoors and indoors...

Activity 1- Go on a puddle hunt

Pull on your wellies and head out for a revitalising walk in the rain. Children will love finding the muddiest puddles and making the biggest splash! Create a fun obstacle course by jumping from one puddle to another – whoever can complete it without stepping outside the puddles wins! Just make sure they wipe their feet before going in the house!

Activity 2-Lets go fly a kite!

Take advantage of the wind and have lots of fun and laughter flying a kite – perhaps the all time favourite thing to do on a windy day! You can buy them in all shapes and sizes but why not get creative and make your own with materials around the house. Hold on tight so it doesn't blow away!

Activity 3-Build snow creatures

It is expected to snow this week so wrap up warm and get busy playing in the garden or local park. Why stick to building snowmen when you can make all different kinds of creatures. Try out some scary snow monsters or animals – let their imagination run wild and see what ideas they come up with!

Activity 4-Track wildlife

After a fall of snow is the perfect time to spot mysterious animals tracks. Try to guess what type of animal may have left the trail and follow it to see where it leads! Take a notebook and camera to let them record what they find.

Activity 5-Create ice decorations

Arrange natural materials (such as berries and leaves) along with a long piece of string and pastry cutters. Pour in water and leave outside to freeze overnight. When you wake up the next morning these decorative ice structures will look great hanging on a tree or window – especially when the sun shines through them.

Activity 6 -Build a den outside

We have all tried building a den indoors with chairs, pillows and sheets but mum can still find us. A private hideout outside is the perfect place to hang out with your friends and get away from nosy siblings. Make a shelter in the back garden using leaves, twigs or branches (it works best with a big tree to hide under).

Activity 7-Balloon modelling

Learn how to make fantastic balloon animals. Guaranteeing hours of fun, we have a great kit that contains everything you need: 32 modelling balloons, a hand pump and eye stickers to complete the look. Children can show off their crazy creations to friends and relatives – ideal for parties or family gatherings!

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Activity 8-Make a bird feeder

A cardboard tube (kitchen roll or toilet roll tube) makes an ideal bird feeder for the garden. Firstly make two holes in the top (get mum to help you) to thread a loop of string in to so it can be hung up in the garden on a tree or hook. Cover the tube in peanut butter (or something similar) then roll it in to bird seed or breakfast cereal. After you have hung it up go back inside and watch from the window to see what birds you can spot (it won't take long).

Activity 9-Knitting

Teaching children to knit can be a wonderful bonding experience and a great skill to have. Our 'knit your own teddy' kit is the perfect way to get them started. It comes with a step by step instruction guide and material to make two teddies. You can create a mummy (or daddy) and baby bear. Why not have a teddy bear picnic once they have been created or display on their beds.

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Activity 10-Curl up with a book

Gather comfy bean bags or cuddle up on the couch with a good book. Check out our 'Guess How Much I Love you' pop up book. It has various pull tabs, lift pages and pop up sections so they can interact while they read. The pop up feature will always bring a surprise to their face and make reading fun!

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For more inspiring outdoor wild weather adventures check out 'The Wild Weather Book'

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Stephanie (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

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