Holidays 20 Awesome Free Winter Activities for Kids  

Samantha Dillinger
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Kids don’t have to have cabin fever in the winter, and finding fun things for them to do doesn’t always require you doling out a bunch of cash for it. Use some of these simple, creative solutions for entertaining your kids in the winter. There are a ton of creative solutions for enjoying the winter as a family, and many of these solutions are completely free or are nearly free. 
We often associate winter with a feeling of magic, spending time with the family and celebrating holidays together. For days when it’s too cold to go outdoors, there’s a number of special ways to spend time inside while still providing quality entertainment for your kids.
This list features the absolute best winter activities for kids, a lot of which are completely free and can include the entire family. Enjoy this list of fun indoor and outdoor ideas, and your kids will get over their cabin fever instantly.

Winter Treasure Hunt

Winter Treasure Hunt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Awesome Free Winter Activities for Kids
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After a big snowfall, gather your materials. Create your own mini treasure hunt by half-burying goodies in the snow around the yard. (Make sure the kids can see something peeking out.) When you're done, give your kids five minutes to see how many treasures they can find in the snow and put in their jars!
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Make Maple Snow Candy

Make Maple Snow Candy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Awesome Free Winter Activities for Kids
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You'll need 100% pure maple syrup; unsalted butter; candy thermometer; popsicle sticks; snow or vanilla ice cream. Combine the butter and syrup in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until candy thermometer reaches 220 degrees. Let cool for a couple minutes, and then drizzle onto a patch of clean snow or vanilla ice cream. (Make sure eager little hands are kept away from the hot syrup!) Once it has cooled in the snow, let your kids scoop the resulting soft, stretchy candy onto a popsicle stick and enjoy!
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Make Colorful Ice Balloons

Make Colorful Ice Balloons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Awesome Free Winter Activities for Kids
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Fill balloons with a drop of food coloring and water; tie shut and either pop in the freezer or leave outside overnight, if it's cold enough, to freeze. When they're frozen solid, use scissors to cut the latex balloon off of the frozen orb and voila! Instant colorful ice sculptures.
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Host the Winter Olympics

Host the Winter Olympics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Awesome Free Winter Activities for Kids
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Select a few games to play, and divide kids into teams, or "countries" as necessary. You can provide gold, silver, and bronze medals if you want, or just congratulate the winners of each event. Afterwards, give everyone hot cocoa as a reward.
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