We’ve got fair weather kids. During the summer, I barely see them; they’re up and out the door to play in the backyard and eating breakfast outside or playing with the water table while I play morning catch-up. In the winter though, it’s a different story. Going outside is some sort of medieval torture that requires twenty minutes of preparation, trying to find the right mitten hole for the thumb and finally setting a timer so they spend at least fifteen minutes outside to get some fresh air.
Well, most of the time.
Something shiny, new and bright can entice those summer kids to jump into their snowsuits and grab their boots like the most winter friendly kids. For all of the summer kid Moms out there, I’m going to share my tricks to get them outside.
Food Coloring and Water
Colored ice, bonus points if the ice is fun shapes. Getting the kids outside has never been easier when you offer up some ice cubes or fun shapes that have been tinted with food coloring and frozen. It’s an easy way for the kids to decorate those snow forts, create decorations for the holidays (think red and green ice) and just get them out to play for a few minutes.
If you’re more of a buy than a DIY, check out the snow kit from Mastermind Toys. It’s got everything that they need to craft a snow sculpture on those days where it’s nice enough to be outside. It takes building a fun shaped snowman to the next level and was hailed ‘more fun than sandcastles’ by Olivia and her five year old friend that spent nearly an hour outside sculpting away.
Bright Shiny Toys
Give the kids a little incentive to put on their boots with the snow block maker, making it simple to get out and build a snow fort together. Wait a couple of days for that new powder to turn into fort building snow and get out there and build together.
If you’re looking for something for yourself, check out this sno ball maker. You’re going to save your back from bending over and making countless snowballs for the kids that don’t want to make their own and it’s going to give you an edge in snowball fights with the kids. This awesome tool is one of our new favorites to give for winter birthdays, and will make it into every stocking for a kid that has yet to experience the awesome and fun design.
Make walks in the snow fun with Sno Stompers Footprint Makers. If you’ve got a hard time getting the kids outside, these did the trick around here. Make sure that you’re walking on fresh snow with the best results for these stompers, because the packed down stuff can get a bit slippery. These aren’t just for winter though, because these just got stashed in our summer fun bucket to bring along to the beach and make those scary footprints in the snow.