Head for the Snow
Think snow is just for skiers? Think again! It’s wonderful to head to the mountains with kids at this time of year because snow truly is a wondrous natural phenomenon that few kids (or adults!) can resist. Here are a couple of suggestions for an outing to your winter wonderland:
Have a Snow Day. Build igloos, snow caves, forts, or go sledding or snow tubing. Older children can pull younger ones on sleds. Make snow angels, snow people, snow animals or super-heroes. Try snowshoeing – no lift tickets are required.
Plan an Outside Winter Picnic. Pack a waste-free lunch, along with warm drinks in insulated bottles. Pre-choose your picnic site and be sure to bring blankets or thermal pads to sit on. When you first arrive, play a warming game like leapfrog, have your lunch and follow up with more active games.
– Judy Molland
Redwood City’s Judy Molland is the author of Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009) and Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit, 2007).