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7 Ways to Have Fun in the Snow

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You (and they) might not want to go outside. But you (and they) do need to go outside.

That said, is it as simple as shooing them out the door on a glorious summer day? Nope. But it's not that hard, either, especially if you're prepared with fun things to do!

Try these ideas:

  • Bowl: Homemade snow "pins" don't stand a chance against a rolling soccer ball (or a charging toddler).

  • Swing away: Leave the swings on the swing set and keep plastic push toys handy. So what if he's lawn-mowing snow?

  • Make a mini snow family: More fun and a lot faster than a full-size snowman. Little kids have low standards: Any pile of snow with a plastic bowl hat counts.

  • Play games: Ring around the rosy. Duck duck goose. Hide and seek. Freeze tag. Snow adds an extra silly element to the classics.

  • Design a snow castle: Bring out the sand toys — nothing with too many details (so snow actually slides out). The next day, after the castle is frozen solid, ids can add toy people, cars, and dragons.

  • Roll'er ball: Pack a mound of snow just tall enough for your youngest to reach the top, then push a curving tunnel from the top to the bottom with your arm. The ball goes in, the ball roles out.

  • Ramp it up: Pack snow over anything you can make a small slide out of — say, a plastic side table and a sheet of plywood. Make sure it's sold enough to stand on, and let your toddler slide down again and again.

  • Freeze something: Anything. A juice box. A cup of yogurt. Different-sized plastic containers of water for stacking and building. For the more advanced, freeze water in a cookie sheet ( or anything shallow and flat) for a mine hockey rink. Use an ice cube for a puck and your hands (or sticks) as sticks.
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