We’ve had a little snow here recently and have been spending some time outside playing in the cold. I hate the hassle of wrapping up warm, but my boys both get cold quickly (they’re not those children happily running around in the cold in just leggings and a jumper!) so we spend a lot of time dressing up for going outside. It’s for this reason that when my eldest, O, decides after 10 minutes he’s too cold that I have to think of a new snow activity to make the time spent getting ready worthwhile!
After a particularly cold day and O complaining that he was cold already and wanted to go home we made up our own little game based on The Gruffalo’s Child book (a long term favourite here). We found lots of tracks in the snow on the way to the local park and as O kept repeating the line “who’s this track and where does it go?” I decided to make him his own special track to follow. I started with making footprints, but they were hard to see in areas where lots of people had gone past. So instead, I dragged my foot along to make a long line twisting around the play park, under swings (we were the only people out, clearly everyone else thought it was better to stay in the warmth!), around the slide, stopping at the bottom of the rope ladder for him to climb up and over and starting again on the other side. We spent a good 45 minutes running around following our tracks and making new ones. Of course all that running around had the bonus of warming up my little monkey!
Of course after all that fun outside we wanted to keep playing in the snow indoors, so of course we filled a big tub full of fresh snow and played with diggers and dumpers in the warmth!
Have you had any snow where you are?