Family Friendly Winter DIY Activities

In Clever Tips, DIY by cleverdick

As the weather is cooler and the breeze has that chill, we find that we are staying in a whole lot more as Winter really settles in. This doesn’t meant that we cant still have fun with our loved ones, make amazing memories and learn some new things with these great DIY Winter weather activities.


DIY Backyard Swing

Seeking a swing to create those fun memories from when you were little.  Whether you are short on space or wanting something unique to your home this is always a great option and super easy. Create your own swing, just use a skateboard.

All you need to complete this DIY at home are the following materials and tools:

  • An old Skateboard Deck
  • Heavy duty rope – be sure to note the weight resistance limit
  • 2 thread-able quick links
  • Dowel – or could use a broom stick.
  • A tape Measure
  • A cordless Drill
  • Marking Pencil

Step 1:

Get your little helpers ready and remove the wheels and parts from the skate board (if they aren’t attached skip this part). Once this is complete drill holes approx 2 inches the the outer edges of the board. *note always ensure children are monitored around tools and allow assistance at your own risk*

Step 2:

Cut your dowel into two equal lengths (ideally wider that the board itself). once you have completed this drill holes through the dowel approx 1 inch from each end.

Step 3:

Cut your rope in half and thread through each side of the board, ensure to keen the ends even and centre the board in the middle of each rope. Tie it off with a knot at each hole. Add your dowels to the top ends of the rope and tie a knot above and below to secure in place. Once this is complete attache the rope to the metal thread able quick links. The metal part ends up being the part that sits on the top of the areas in which you hang it from and helps to keep it in place.  Adjust accordingly to even it out. And your ready to give it a good swing.


Chia Seed Edible Slime

This is a great rainy day activity to do with the family and fun for all ages, I mean who doesn’t love to play around with slime. As we also know children like to try everything so avoid the chemicals and nasties and make some that is safe and even healthy and have a great textural and censorial afternoon of fun.

What you will need:

  • 1/4 Cup Chia seeds
  • 2 -4 Cups of cornflour
  • 1 3/4 Cups of water

Optional (for taste sight and scent):

  • Food colouring
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon


Step 1:

Place the Chia seeds into a large mixing bowl and pour in the water.

Add in the food colouring, honey and cinnamon just enough to add to the experience. (optional of course)

Step 2:

Cover the bowl and place aside this will take 12 – 36 hours (best left over night) this will form a pudding like texture.

Step 3:

Once ready add in the cornflour slowly to reach your desired texture, once you have added approx 2 cups this is when you will start kneading. once you are satisfied you are then ready to play.

You are able to store in the refrigerator between plays and can add additional water in to re-energise your slime.

Ice Skating/ Ice Slide

We may not get snow here in Melbourne but you can bring the experience to your family.

Giant Ice Slide:

The Eureka Skydeck brought the giant ice slide to Melbourne in 2016. Take the family down and bring the winter experience to them without the long car ride. Not only is it a great experience for the whole family but you have the opportunity to experience Melbourne history with an amazing view.

Ice Skating:

What a fun way to spend the day with the family, and again save the long car trip and still gain the experience. There are multiple locations throughout Melbourne to enjoy the ice skating experience and is fun for all ages.