Things to do Outside

Feeling cooped up? We've developed a variety of activities to get you and your family outside and exploring your neighbourhood. Stay tuned, we'll be adding new content to this page regularly.

Snow Tic Tac Toe
  • Go for the championship in this classic game. Draw your board in the snow, use criss-crossed sticks and pinecones as game pieces.
Forest Bathing

The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air can give people a sense of comfort. Nature is great for easing stress, helping us to relax and to think more clearly. Spending time with trees can help restore mood, refresh and rejuvenate. 

In Japan, many people practice shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, this is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging, it is simply being in nature, connecting with it through your senses. Find one of the many great forests in our community, make sure you don’t pick up your phone. You are going to be walking aimlessly and slowly, just let your body be your guide, listen to where it wants to take you. Follow your nose, and take your time, it doesn’t matter if you get anywhere. You are savoring the sounds, smells and sights of nature and letting the forest in.

You can forest bathe anywhere in the world, wherever there are trees; in hot weather or in cold; in rain, sunshine or snow. You don’t even need a forest, you can do it in a nearby park or in your backyard. 

Ice Bowling
To play, set up bowling pins in a triangle at 1 end of the ice (can use ice rink, or on snow). Place the bowling balls 10 or 15 steps away. In turn, each player has 3 tries at sliding the bowling balls toward the pins to see how many they can knock down. 1 point is given for each pin. Try to make your own bowling pins with frozen water bottles and your own bowling ball out of frozen water balloons. 
Ice Lanterns
  • Put a small tin can into a larger can.

  • Add water to the large can and a few rocks to small can

  • Tape sides to hold small can in place

  • Add natural elements (greenery, berries, pine cones) into the water

  • Place cans outside overnight to freeze

  • Once the water is frozen, run slightly warm water over the outside of the can and inside of the smaller can to help loosen the ice 
    Add a light and enjoy!

Frozen Bubbles

Gather Bubble Supplies

To make frozen bubbles you will need bubble solution, bubble wands and straws. In the winter, it can be difficult to find bubble solution, if this is the case, you can make homemade bubble solution with glycerin (or corn syrup), dish soap, and distilled water.

 

How to Blow Frozen Bubbles

Go outside on a cold day (below 0 degrees celsius). You can start by blowing bubbles in a bowl with a straw, see if ice appears on bubbles, see what happens when they collapse. 


Next, try with bubble wands to blow bubbles the old-fashioned way. See what happens, they may freeze mid-air if it’s cold enough. 

For best results and longer-lasting frozen bubbles, blow the bubbles in an area shielded from the wind.

Snow Paint

Great to add color to a snowman, write your name in freshly fallen snow, or paint a piece of art on your front yard. This snow paint is a fun way to get outdoors for some fresh air and creativity. 

 

Supplies Needed:

  • Liquid food coloring

  • Cold water

  • Squeeze bottles

 

Directions:

  1. Take the lids off your squeeze bottles and squeeze several drops of each food coloring in a different bottle.

  2. Carefully fill the bottle up with cold water, not too fast or it will bubble over. Leave an inch space from the top

  3. Tightly place the lids back on and wipe down the bottles well, replace cap until ready to use.

  4. Carefully take the tops off and use them to paint in the snow.

  5. Start by trying out drops, squiggles, and lines to get the hang of it and then move on to your own Mona Lisa artwork!

Region of Waterloo Museums has also created Virtual Field Trips as part of our School Program so your family can watch and learn from home!