Editor’s note: This article was updated on December 8, 2022
Run, jump, swing, glide. When it comes to physical literacy, these essential skills open up a lifetime of fun and activities. And to make the most of an active lifestyle, it’s important to become proficient in these movement skills in every season, in all sorts of weather and environments.
No matter what time of year it is, there are plenty of activities to do outdoors that help build the foundation of skills needed to enjoy a lifetime of movement. Whether on the ground, in the air, water or snow, from winter to summer, we have the formula to help you and your family stay active year round.
Share this print out [PDF] with your kids that provides a list of activity ideas for an active year. Get them thinking consciously about how they move their body during the day, any day of the year.
Make the most of winter
Looking to keep the kids active even in cold weather? There are so many fun ideas for outdoor activities. From classics like building a snow fort to trying a new sport like curling, all you have to do first is make sure your little ones are dressed properly.
Spring into action
When the snow begins to melt and we can shed our winter gear, it’s a great time to get outside! Scavenger hunt, anyone? It never gets old. Or, head outside on a rainy day to jump in puddles or get muddy. When the sun comes out, hop on your bike or head to a playground. Spring is a perfect time for fun family activities.
Summer is for air, ground and water
Sure, summer is synonymous with ice cream and popsicles, but it’s also a fantastic time to get outside and play! Some summer activities on our summer bucket list include tree climbing, playing tag, water balloon tossing, sidewalk chalk games, running through sprinklers. The list could go on!
Fall is for family activities
From apple picking to hiking among the changing colours, fall is a good time to explore fun activities outdoors. Our list is designed to give you a few easy ideas for when you’re stumped. But be sure to check out our site, too! We love the fall and have covered everything from outdoor sensory play to family cycling.
Review this printable list with your kids, tape it up in the house, and see what new activities you can try together this year!
One response to “Easy ideas for an active year + free printable”
Excited about this site and all the activity ideas for birth to age 12. I appreciate that it is geared at families and educators.