5 Fun Ways to Bring the Outdoors Indoors

It’s no surprise that we tend to spend more time indoors during the winter than we do during the warmer months. While your kids may have a blast playing outside some of the time, they will inevitably get cold at some point and need to come inside. The good news is that doesn’t mean their experiences with the outdoors needs to stop!

Here we share five fun and simple ways to bring nature inside.

Snow play for the littlest ones

We are full advocates for the Scandinavian saying: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Everyone has their limits, however, and you may not be keen on taking your infant out in sub-freezing temperatures.

The solution? Bring a little bit of the white stuff inside for them to explore. This idea is really as simple as it gets, but can provide your baby or toddler with an interesting and enriching experience. Grab a tray, a sturdy bowl, or even a heavy baking dish, and put just a few handfuls of snow inside. Set it on a floor surface that you don’t mind getting a little wet and invite your child to explore. A large bath towel underneath can make the whole experience a little more comfortable for them and make cleanup even easier for you.

(In the meantime, you can send older kids outside to try out some of these cool snow experiments.)

Plant a few seeds

It may not be prime gardening season, but the warmth inside should be enough for this fun activity. Keep in mind the point is just to grow something; don’t worry about producing edible vegetables or gorgeous blooms. Gather a few materials:

A container - preferably a small pot with adequate drainage, but anything similar will do

Some soil - you can pick up potting soil at your local garden center if the ground outside your house is frozen

Seeds! These can really be anything. Perhaps you have some leftover bean seeds from last year’s garden. Maybe you have some dried lentils in your pantry. You could even save a few seeds from that pepper you cut up for dinner.