Winter is an excellent time to get outside and enjoy mother nature! Snow tubing, sledding, and ice skating, all provide winter family fun that our kids will enjoy. Our family loves playing in the snow, having snowball fights, building snowmen, and sledding. Winter family fun is critical to ensuring that we don’t get cabin fever on snow days. Can you relate?
Even though wintertime presents a unique opportunity for family fun, we do still have to keep safety in mind. There is a whole slew of considerations we need to take to ensure the safety of our kids during all of these fun activities.
Winter Family Fun
Heading outside with your kids all bundled up is an awesome winter family fun idea. No matter what activity you enjoy together, these are some winter safety tips to keep everyone unscathed and happy this winter:
General Winter Safety Tips
- Children shouldn’t play outside alone. Establish a buddy system with one or more friends and have them look out for one another. Children younger than eight years of age should always be supervised outside.
- Keep kids indoors whenever the temperature or the wind chill is -16°F or lower. At these temperatures, exposed skin will begin to freeze.
- Check often to see that your child is warm and dry.
- Apply sunscreen to exposed skin, even when it’s cloudy. Yes, your kid can get a sunburn playing in the snow.
Outdoor Winter Play
Active games, making snow angels and building snowmen will help to keep your child warm. Teach your children a few essential rules to go along with winter play.
- Snowballs should never be aimed at people or cars; I know, I’m a killjoy. They are especially dangerous when the snow is hard-packed or icy and can cause severe injury or harm. Instead, throw snowballs at safe targets, like trees or telephone poles. Trust me; your kids will still have fun chucking snowballs at a tree.
- Building forts and tunnels can be fun, but you must supervise your kids closely. Forts and tunnels can collapse and suffocate your kid. We don’t want that.
- Make sure your kids don’t put metal objects in their mouths. Lips and tongues can freeze to the metal and cause an injury. You remember A Christmas Story, right?
- Always wear a ski or hockey helmet – not a bicycle helmet – while sledding. Bicycle helmets are only tested up to 14ºF and need to be replaced after one crash.
- Teach your kids always to sit up or kneel on a sled. Lying down can increase the risk of injury to the head, spine, and stomach if they crash.
Indoor Winter Play
It’s too cold or- otherwise unsafe- to send the kids outside (or maybe you don’t feel like going out). What can you do safely indoors to have some winter family fun?! Here are a few ideas!
- Activity books– These are an EASY way to keep kids occupied and having fun! Sometimes with minimal parental involvement. WIN! Check out our favorite activity books.
- Indoor snowball fight– I love this idea from Arts, Fartsy Mama! A few plush snowballs equal hours of indoor fun. EXTRA BONUS- all the running around will hopefully get rid of some energy.
- Indoor Winter Olympics– This idea from The Soccer Mom Blog is PERFECT for days worth of activities when you can’t leave the house! I might have to try one or two of them this year.
And there we have it! A few ways to have winter family fun while keeping our kiddos safe. I hope you enjoy the snow!
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