What to Do When It's Freezing Outside? Play in the Snow! (6 Things You Gotta Know First) by Brian Mackenzie
Sometimes the time it takes you to get the kids dressed up and undressed is longer than the time you were outside playing. Here are some great ways to maximize their enjoyment while being exposed to some pretty harsh conditions:
- Proper clothing. This is definitely the most important. Snowsuits and nice mitts and boots. Toques and Dickies (those are hats and a face tube made of scarf material) are great to bring out, too.
- An understanding of thermoregulation. Wiggle your toes and fingers before they get cold. Remember that it is less windy on the "other side" of the snow pile, and a small snow cave dug into it is a wonderful lesson on insulation.
- Speaking of digging snow caves, digging sure warms you up fast, huh? So does somersault practice from the top of the snow pile.
- Wind in the face? Walk backwards.
- Dry out those clothes when you get home. The faster the clothes are dry, the sooner they can be out again!
- About 10 minutes outside is long enough to play a few scenes from "Frozen" and from the ice planet of Hoth.
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