25 Things To Do Outdoors In Winter | Nature Play SA

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Looking for some fun winter inspiration?

Just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean you have to hibernate until spring!  The days are shorter, temperatures are cooler and it’s wetter underfoot, but Nature Play SA’s list of 25 things to do in winter provides the perfect opportunity to rug up and head outdoors.

So grab the raincoats and gumboots and get the children outside for some fun and fresh air!

Download the list, place it on the fridge and see how many you and your friends can tick off this winter.

Nature Play SA 25 Things to Do in Winter 2016

 25 things to do in Winter in Adelaide:

  1. Find a bed of nasturtiums or other different leaves and watch the way rain drops rest on them – they look like precious jewels.
  2. Explore a small creek after a downpour or rain shower.
  3. Sail bark/leaf boats down the creek or gutter and race them to the end.
  4. Grab a friend and make a rope swing on a tree.
  5. Dig for clay and make a clay sculpture.
  6. Visit the beach after a storm and hunt for treasures.
  7. Fill egg cartons with potting mix, plant with vegetable seeds and watch them grow.
  8. Take your family outside to jump in puddles and see who can make the biggest splash.
  9. Repurpose your old clothes, grab a straw hat and make a scarecrow for the garden.
  10. Make some crazy rain art by putting paper in a tray with bits of dried up paint, drops of food colouring, crushed leaves or flowers and leave it in the rain to see what melts, stains and runs.
  11. Set up a nature display at home with all of your interesting outdoor winter finds.
  12. Have a picnic in a forest and observe the moss, fungi and lichen you find growing. NRM’s Fungi ID chart will help you name what you find.
  13. Make a living green tepee in your garden by planting beans, peas or a native climber on a bamboo tepee.
  14. Make a mud volcano, mud bricks or mud pie using your own secret ingredients.
  15. Bury some treasure outside and make a map for your friends to follow.
  16. Make damper, wrap strips around a stick and bake it on a backyard fire, experiment with different ingredients added to the dough.
  17. Ride your bike through the biggest, muddiest puddle and check out the mud spray on your back.
  18. Put an old sock over your shoe and go on a bush nature walk. When you get home bury your sock in the garden and watch what grows.
  19. Make a backyard winter shelter for small bugs and critters from twigs and leaves.
  20. Take a family walk in a Park of the Month (Flinders Ranges, Cleland, Onkaparinga River), take turns being the leader and see where you end up.
  21. Hold a party in a forest and include a scavenger hunt, clued nature trail, orienteering and marshmallows over a campfire as your party activities.
  22. Now that many trees have no leaves, go on a nest hunt and see how many bird nests you can spot.
  23. Bring your family to Cubby Town in Belair National Park in July (details to be confirmed each year) and be part of making one of the biggest towns of stick cubbies ever seen.
  24. Head out in the rain for a snail or caterpillar hunt.
  25. Celebrate International Mud Day on 29 June with mud play! Make a mud puddle, build a mud pit from an old wading pool, throw a mud party or join Nature Play SA  for their annual mud play day (details to be confirmed each year).

You can download Nature Play SA’s  List of 25 Things to do in Winter in Adelaide here.

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Nature Play SA website.

What25 Fun Things To Do In Winter by Nature Play SA

When: Winter Months June, July & August

Where: Anywhere

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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