Encourage kids to play outside with these 3 fun winter activities:
Part 1 published September 17th http://consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com/2015/09/enjoy-playground-all-year-long-part-1.html
Part 2 published September 20th: http://consciousdiscussions.blogspot.com/2015/09/enjoy-playground-all-year-long-part-2.html
Wintertime is a magical season that's filled with beautiful snow, nights curled up by the fireplace and the warmth of the holiday season. Unfortunately, all that cold weather can also discourage children from playing outside and getting a healthy dose of daily exercise. Despite the snow and ice, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the great outdoors on playgrounds.
- Build a Snow Fort: With a few shovels and a little imagination, children can easily transform a pile of snow next to playground equipment into an elaborate fortress complete with walls, windows, secret entrances and hidden pathways.
- Snowball Fights: Having a snowball fight is another classic winter activity that kids are sure to love. Children can either have a free-for-all match or form up into teams. Just make sure the kids are playing safely and fairly with each other.
- Create a Snowman: Your playground could become the site of a snowman (and snow woman!) village if you have the right supplies available. When it's all complete, children can play on the slides while the snowmen look on from the side.
* Note from Lillian Brummet: get youth involved in volunteering and community work by going out as a family and shoveling sidewalks and driveways in your neighborhood, for needy or physically challenged people, or just to say thank you to someone special.
Award-winning authors Dave and Lillian Brummet: