If you’re like most Minnesotans, you knew this stretch of unseasonably beautiful February weather wasn’t going to last. What we didn’t know is it would come to a crashing halt, in the form of multiple inches of snow within 24 hours.
If there’s one thing I know about snow, it’s that while it’s frustrating for adults, it’s magical for kids. Instead of grumbling about all the shoveling and the slow commutes, kiddos see snow as an adventure and an opportunity to play!
Of course, the traditional snow fun never goes out of style: snowmen, snow angels, sledding, skating, slipping and sliding. But kids also love the unexpected. Nothing makes them giggle and get excited like breaking the rules and doing something new! So, consider some new ways to get outside and play:
Bulk Up Supplies
Here’s the benefit of a snowstorm in late February: stores have already moved on from winter and started filling shelves with clothes and toys for spring and summer. Check the clearance section and you’ll probably find some good deals on snow supplies. Try some snow fort builders, snow paint or even a snow scooter!
There’s no reason you need to pack up the hoola hoops and t-ball gear. Playing with summer equipment in the snow can be a blast! Try pulling out the bubbles, too! You’ll find a new way to play with them by getting them to freeze to the wand.
Take the Inside Out
While there are countless toys intended to go outside, there’s nothing sillier than taking inside toys outside. Your kids will feel like they’re on an adventure if they get to take a toy from their bedroom to the back yard! Superheros, princesses, arctic animals would all be great for romping in the snow.
Bring the Outside In
If you don’t feel like strapping on snow pants and zipping up coats, bring some of the snow inside! Kids can bury rocks, small toys and other objects in a bucket of snow and have fun shoveling it out. You can also give a lesson on freezing and melting by putting some snow on the counter, in the fridge and freezer and seeing which lasts the longest.
The morale of the story: winter is back. And there’s snow time like the present to embrace it!