On a hot summer day, the birds are chirping, the dogs are barking, and the sun’s warmth wraps around you like a warm blanket. Kids can’t get enough of the outdoors in the summertime. But when winter comes, things die off, it becomes frigid outside, and kids tend to prefer the indoors. So you’ll have to get creative to keep them outside playing in their natural environment. Here are just a few tips on getting your kids outside in winter.
Working With Snow
The first thing you want to do is make sure they have a youth base layer of thermals that they can wear on their tops and bottoms. After you finish dressing in layers, make sure their hands and feet are covered with all-weather-proofed gloves and boots, along with a hat to ensure they are covered head to toe before going out.
The second thing is building confidence. The best way to do this is by showing them how to roll snow and compact it. You might want to start small and then build a huge snowman. Then you can work up to making snow bricks and building forts or igloos.
Your child will need some real fortitude for more advanced winter activities like sledding. You might start with cardboard or something simple, then build up to a sled. You could build a sled and show them how to navigate the old-fashioned way, where you sit in the back and lead. They would be just along for the ride.
Star gazing is a more mellow activity you can do during a winter night. Some of the best times to gaze at the night sky is in the winter when it’s cold out. To make it more of a memorable event, you can make some hot cocoa for everyone. Make sure you wrap everyone up with blankets so that you can stay warm while you’re out in the elements.
This was just a quick reference for tips on how to get your kids outside in winter, but you might think of other more interesting things to get them up and moving during the colder months. There is a limitless amount of fun to be had if you know where to look.