Winter activities: biscuit recipes, snow paint and muddy play

Boy creating a snow angel
There's loads to do in winter - like making snow angels! (Photo:

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothes (or so the saying goes). And there’s certainly loads of fun to be had outdoors in the winter if you wrap up warm. But some days it’s just too grim to brave the elements, so we’ve put together a mix of exciting indoor and outdoor winter activities to keep you occupied whatever the weather.

Outdoor activities

Snow paint

Have you woken up to a wonderful white world? Well, once you’ve built your snowman, made a snow angel, and had a snowball fight, why not unleash your creative side?

Just collect some spray or squirty bottles and fill them with water and a few drops of food colouring. Then use the snow as a canvass to paint your masterpiece!

Marvellous mud play

Mud spider
Create a mud monster! (Photo: Kayleigh Jacobs-Rutter/WTML)

There’s no shortage of mud around in winter so get out there and have some squidgy, gloopy fun.

How about making some mud creatures, plastering some muddy faces onto trees, or making some mega mud pies?

There's no end to the fun you can have with mud, glorious mud - just let your imagination run wild and see what you can create!

Winter rainbow hunt

Winter may seem dull and grey but there’s still plenty of colour around if you keep your eyes peeled.

Set yourself challenge to spot a natural object of every colour of the rainbow. Can you find a red berry, an orange leaf, a yellow flower…? You’ll be amazed at how much winter colour there is! If you need some inspiration, take our colour bingo sheet with you.

Indoor activities

Winter recipes

Christmas tree biscuits and snowflake biscuits
Rustle up some scrummy biscuits (Photo:

Cooking up some tasty treats in a cosy kitchen is a great way for star bakers to spend a freezing afternoon.

Our festive biscuit recipe isn’t just for Christmas – just decorate your biscuits in any way you choose. And Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain’s warming ginger fir tree biscuits are a great snack for chilly days.

You could even have a go at making a hedgehog cake.

Rockin’ robin

This cute robin redbreast rocks! And it’s simple to make so even tiny Nature Detectives can have a go (with a little help from their grown-up).

You will need:

  • a small paper plate or cupcake case
  • red tissue paper
  • brown paint
  • a small piece of yellow card or paper
  • glue
  • black pen.

Paint the back of the plate or case brown and let it dry. Then fold it in half so it stands up. Tear the tissue paper into tiny pieces, spread glue on the area where the red breast will go and stick the pieces of tissue paper onto it. Cut a small triangle of yellow card and stick it on to make a beak, give your robin an eye, and perhaps some feather patterns with the black pen.

For more fun with our favourite bird, check out our robin colouring page. Stick with a winter theme with our holly colouring page, bring the outside indoors by trying our natural winter crafts, or even get whittling – you could make a wand to magic up some sunshine!

Hibernation hide and seek

Lots of creatures snuggle up in a cosy place and snooze away the winter. Squirrels curl up in their dreys (nests) and cover themselves with their fluffy tails, bats find somewhere dark to roost, and dormice squeeze into tiny spaces. Why not take some inspiration from them for a game of hide and seek? What sort of creature will you be and where will you hide?

Let us know what you’ve been up to, and post pictures of things you’ve made, using #NatureDetectives.

What's your favourite winter activity?

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