Brrr, It’s Cold Outside!
I am right there with you. When it is cold outside, all I want to do is curl up in front of the fire with a warm blanket, someone to snuggle with, a good movie and some popcorn. Sounds perfect, huh?! Well, perfect is rare and quite frankly a bit boring. Besides, there is always time to come back in and enjoy that warm toasty moment.
As parents we have to lead the charge on this one. If we don’t urge our kids to get outside on winter days, they won’t know what they are missing. Honestly, every time we bring it up, at least one of our two kids will whine for a second about how cold it will be. But we keep pushing forward and work to get the family suited up for the elements. Being prepared can help you achieve a victory.
- Be prepared: Make sure you have all of the necessary accessories to keep everyone warm: hat, gloves, snow pants, goggles, hand warmers.
- Get outside before making a concrete plan: Sometimes just showing the kids that it’s not really that cold can help motivate them.
- Always go to the bathroom before stepping outside: This will allow you to go straight to the slopes when you get to the resort. (Hopefully)
- Anything is possible: There are very few “no’s” when embarking on a winter cold outside adventure. Take off your mommy hat and let the kids have fun.
Now, we move onto the plethora of possible activities, which I have stated should be discussed outside. When kids are in the elements, they see the fun. Standing in the warm house, it is tough for them to cast an educated vote.
- Snowy sandcastle anyone?!: This is such a fun and easy activity that quickly turns into exercise. You will be surprised how much the kids like to mold the snow.
- They don’t have to know it is a chore. Some of my best workouts have involved shoveling the walk. In fact, I almost went into labor with Skye because of it. You can make it fun by creating a contest out of it. Who can collect the “Biggest Pile” of snow?! It’s more fun!
- Snow tag or hide and seek. A snow ball fight never ends well, but a snow tag battle can last a bit longer with more room for strategy and fun. Just moving around in snow is harder and therefore burns off more energy.
- Snowman: Building a snowman is such a great family activity. I just learned the proper way this year. You have to start with a small snowball and roll it around in the snow, packing down the new particles of snow that the snowball picks up as you go. It creates the perfect ball!!! So much fun!
- Skiing: If you have the means and the access, skiing is a super fun family adventure that I highly recommend.
Parents, always pack snacks when heading away from home for snow activities. The cold weather makes kids SUPER hungry. A few M&Ms can go a long way!