A rather apt post for today as some parts of the UK have had snow or are (mostly) eagerly awaiting it. While the cold, the wet and fluffy might not appeal much to many grown ups, especially when it comes to driving anywhere, it is the stuff of dreams for children. If your toddlers and younger children are ready to play we have some fun games and activities here for you to enjoy.
An old one but a good one, making snow angels couldn’t be easier or more fun. All you have to do is find a snow fill space, lie down flat and move your arms and legs about through the snow, making an angel shape. This is aways accompanied with much laughter and is usually an activity best enjoyed at the end of the play session, so that you and your litle one/s can go inside and get warmed up.
Make a snow man, a snow woman, Miss Brown from Nursery, your family or even your pet. Don’t forget to raid the cloakroom for hats, gloves, scarves and any other funny bits and pieces which will make your snow figures all the more fun.
Dig out the bucket and spade, last used at the beach and enjoy making a snow castle. The bigger the better. Decorate with twigs, leaves and little stones.
Whether you are in our own garden, your street or have headed out for a walk in the snow you’ll be bound to find footprints. Some will be big, some will be small and some might not be human at all. Look for bird, cat and dog prints amongsts the snow.
Feed the Birds and Ducks
If you are lucky enough to have a duck pond or similar nearby snowy weather is a good time to get bundled up and head to see them with some bread. Similarly why not make some bird feeders (one easy way would be to hollow out an orange and fill with feed/seed) and place or hang in the garden. Little ones love to see the different birds sweeping in and eating their goodies.
Keep The Fun Going Inside
No-one want to leave the novelty of the snow and go back inside unless there is something equally exciting waiting for them. Have hot chocolate ingredients (including marshmallows of course) waiting and snow-related craft materials set out waiting.
Have Fun and Keep Warm
Waterproofs and snowsuits are perfect for snow weather. Where waterproofs keep little ones dry the snow suits keep them snug and warm. Ensure that little ones layer up well so that they may enoy the snow, which so quickly disappears without getting too cold.
A great tip from one Mum has been to use tights to add an extra layer to legs, for boys or for girls. Toddler boys won’t mind as long as they can get outside and enjoy the snow. Extra gloves are a must as they soon get wet and of course hats, even if using a hood in snow is required for keeping little ones (and big ones) warm and happy.