I know, I know.  Baby, it's cold outside.  But that doesn't mean you have to hibernate the winter months away.  Beat cabin fever by bundling up and getting out there to enjoy all of the outdoor activities that nature has to offer.  Here are 15 fun and easy ideas to get you started.

1. Have a snowball fight.

2. Make a snowman.

3. Shovel paths in the snow.

4. Go sledding.

5. Make a snow-obstacle course with tunnels, steps, and jumps.

6. Paint a snow masterpiece. Fill a spray bottle with food coloring and water and let kids paint the yard and their snowmen with glee.

7. Look for animal tracks.

8. Blow ice bubbles. Bubbles aren't just for summer anymore!  Blow bubbles on a cold day and watch as they turn to ice before your very eyes.

9. Make bird feeders out of pinecones, peanut butter, and bird seed and hang them around your yard.

10. Take your dog for a snow day walk. 

11. Go on a winter photo shoot throughout your neighborhood.

12. Try a winter scavenger hunt. Challenge kids to find animal tracks, icicles, frozen puddles, as well as other objects you hide in the snow.

13. Be a snowflake detective.  Try this idea from Parents.com -- chill dark colored fabric in the freezer for 10 minutes and then bring it outdoors to catch snowflakes.  The cold fabric will give your kids more time to examine their specimens before they melt.

14. Make ice art.  Here's a fun idea from Outdoors.org -- freeze small blocks of ice in ice cube trays, jello containers, and the like.  Then bring those ice blocks outside on a chilly day and make sculptures.  Dribbling water will help the pieces stick together in fun new shapes.

15.  Play tic-tac-snow.  This is another cute idea from Parents.com -- draw a Tic-Tac-Toe board in the snow and use criss-crossed sticks and pinecones for game pieces.

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