Am I the only one who cringes when the forecast calls for snow and lots of it? Don't get me wrong, as a native Bostonian, I have a true appreciation for the beauty of snow, but my kids love, and I mean really love, to play in it. They would be content to stay outside and play in the snow for hours.
With last year's record snowfall, we had a great time getting rid of cabin fever by playing outside, but I will admit that I was a tad unprepared making different activities for the kids to do in the snow, other than the basic snowman creation and snowball wars we did not have a lot of snow toys.
This year, however, I am more than prepared. I looked around and found the following snow toys that little kids and big kids can both enjoy this winter. Dare I say bring on the snow?
Inspired the Olympic sport of luge, kids will have lots of fun in the snow riding on the Zipfy, a fast and exhilarating downhill sled. Rails on the bottom of the sled give the rider the ability to go down hills just like the pros. There is also a lever that provides stability and helps with turning. The Zipfy has a feet-first design making it easy to stop and control speed. Shop sleds:
Your kids can turn your yard into a masterpiece with easy to use squeeze paints that are designed specifically for the snow. The paints are harmless to people, pets and the environment and magically disappear when the snow melts. My little ones love arts and crafts so I am confident that these are going to be a major hit at our house this winter.
Snow Ball Maker and Snow Block Maker
Snow Ball Makers make perfectly round snow balls in just minutes. If your kids are like mine and like whacking each other with snow balls, this may be a good way to keep them busy in the snow. Just don't be surprised if a perfectly round snow ball hits you upside the head. This kit also includes a snow block maker so your kids can work on creating their very own igloo.
What is playing in the snow without building a snowman? Of course your kids can go old school and use items around the house to make a snowman, but this snowman kit will really help your snowman stand out in your neighborhood. It includes over 40 big, whimsical wooden features like eyes, noses, mouths, ears and headwear. The kit comes with cloth bags so that you can use these same pieces for years to come.
Inflatable Ice Skating Rink
One of my kids favorite winter activities is ice skating. You can create a mini ice skating rink in your back yard with this easy to assemble rink. You fill the inflatable rink with water and wait for it to freeze and kids can ice skate and even play hockey on it. The rink is made from crack resistant vinyl.
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