Snow is such an incredibly fun activity for kids. As a parent, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hassle of dressing kids for snow. In order to avoid the desire to slip into PJs and watch the snow from the window sill, I like to look at the snow through the eyes of a child. Here are a few fun ways to spice up the activity, with no shovel or corn-cob pipe required.
Dress the Part
The simple act of dressing for a snowy excursion can be exciting for all ages. Let your child help you assemble the clothing items and then talk about the body parts they cover. Go slowly to demonstrate how to put on hats, mittens and boots. Before long, your child will do the job herself. Montessori lessons encourage teaching young children to put on their jackets by laying them on the floor upside down. Kids reach their arms through both sleeves and pull the jacket overhead. Although 1 year olds make great un-zipperers, the skills of fastening and buttoning generally improve around 2 to 3.
Follow the Leader is a terrific game for the snow because it is easy to see how each footstep forms the track. Vary the speed of your steps or the size of your gait. Even if they don’t catch on right away, kids will enjoy following the path you create. An older child can form large shapes in the snow from tracks. Another great way to train balance is to let kids follow your tracks. Who didn’t love stomping in Dad’s HUGE footsteps as a kid?
The best way to learn about the weather is to talk about it. Animate the conversation with shivers and let your kid know, “Brrrr, it’s freezing cold!” Are the snowflakes heavy? Is the sun out? Does the snow feel wet as it melts?
Sit On It
Last, but not least, snowpants are mandatory for toddlers because they just want to get down into the snow. Your adventurous tot can roll around, make a snow angel, or fall over. Watch the kids stretch to get back up unassisted. If they’re bundled as snuggly as Randy from “A Christmas Story,” they may need help. Otherwise, most kids will enjoy the challenge of learning to maneuver in the super snow suit.