Winter Activities

One Way to Play in the Snow

by Therusticfive-
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Now that winter has officially arrived, it can be harder to find the motivation to get outside. The cold, the snow, and lack of sunlight can make us want to just hunker down on the couch. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Title picture with a girl riding in her sled in the snow

I personally love the snow. This makes me seem crazy to most because they prefer summer and Michigan’s warmer weather. However, I have found that the ones who enjoy winter are always the ones who enjoy some form of a winter activity. For me, its snowmobiling, hiking, or just playing in the snow with the kids.

Our 17 month old sledding for the first time
Scout trying out her sled

Getting outside no matter the season is important to me. There are so many benefits to being outside for me and Scout from being active to boosting our mood. There’s a ton of research on how nature is good for us.

I want to start young with the kids and show them how fun outside can be. So, we are beginning to introduce Scout to more outdoor activities now that she’s getting bigger.

Our first winter activity is sledding. We began small by simply pulling her around the yard. She looks bored in all the pictures I took because she only smiles when daddy pulls her fast, of course. She is our little risk taker, so I am not surprised she only likes going fast.

Our daughter sledding while her daddy pulls her around
Once big brother is here again, we will take both kids to the local sledding hill. I think Scout will enjoy sledding down the hill. She can zoom fast or at least think she’s zooming fast.

Are you a winter person like me or do you prefer warmer weather? What ways do you keep your family outside and active in the winter?

A girl playing in the snow

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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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37 Comments

  1. Shela Yount | I Answer to Mom

    How sweet!! I love the snow too! We had snow over the weekend.. lots and lots of snow! But it was too fluffy to do GOOD sledding this time.. We like icy snow better haha 😉

    11 . 01 . 2017
  2. discobumblebee

    Looks like fun! We haven’t had enough snow yet, but I am looking forward to a good sledding day!

    11 . 01 . 2017
  3. juliemccullough

    Thank you for sharing sweet moments.

    11 . 01 . 2017
  4. Therusticfive

    Sadly, it’s all gone now. It didn’t last long this time.

    11 . 01 . 2017
  5. Five for the Road

    Great motivation to get out! I love being outside but I struggle when it is cold. I did try to go sledding over the weekend for a short while and I had a blast.

    11 . 01 . 2017
  6. thekeeledeal

    So cute! I’m hoping we get a little snow this year, so my little man can play in it. I know he will love it!

    11 . 01 . 2017
  7. Mommyhoodandmentalhealth

    I have a sled like that for my son and we love it! It’s really the only time he enjoys himself out in the snow. Any other time, he falls face first into the snow and is miserable until he is back inside!

    11 . 01 . 2017
  8. Therusticfive

    My daughter still isn’t the most stable walker, so as soon as she gets bundled up or even just has her boots on she’s stumbling all over. She prefers to sit in the snow. Lol

    11 . 01 . 2017
  9. Therusticfive

    Thank you! Sadly ours didn’t last long, but we will have more before winter is over.

    11 . 01 . 2017
  10. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    My daughter got a sled for Christmas and we have taken advantage of every snowfall so far!

    12 . 01 . 2017
  11. onepeainthepod

    We haven’t had a whole lot of snow this year but it looks like my son enjoys it….I’m not exactly a winter person. Being from Chicago I don’t really have a choice but to deal with it. I like Spring/Fall when its not too hot and not too cold 🙂

    12 . 01 . 2017
  12. Jacqueline|Mama's Munchkins

    My boys love playing outside in the winter(they are 3&4) and my daughter who is 2 loves it as well. They are often pulling each other around in the sled. Who doesn’t like sledding? Even I have fun going down a hill on a sled!

    12 . 01 . 2017
  13. Krysten

    I really miss having snow. Here in Cali we get rain, maybe. I want my little man to see the snow!

    12 . 01 . 2017
  14. Chanel van Reenen

    so jealous of all your snow! We live in Atlanta and hardly ever get snow!

    12 . 01 . 2017
  15. Therusticfive

    Sadly it’s gone now. It was washed away by rain and unseasonably warm temps. We will have more before winter is over though.

    12 . 01 . 2017
  16. thecoffeemom0617

    Awesome! I live in Florida, so no snow here. I used to live in Asheville, NC though and I loved the snow there. Sometimes I miss it.

    13 . 01 . 2017
  17. Stef @ Crafty Christian

    Sledding is so fun! I wish we got more snow in NC 🙁

    13 . 01 . 2017
  18. thetaylor411

    Awe how cute she is!! My son is two and hasn’t got to ride in a sled yet, I’m so excited for when he finally gets to!!

    13 . 01 . 2017
  19. perroneregmailcom

    We love the snow, especially making snow angels!

    13 . 01 . 2017
  20. Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    Looks so fun! I live in georgia, so no snow here

    13 . 01 . 2017
  21. elizabethdoren2

    I also LOVE the snow. I’m a midwesterner and there’s just something magical about it.

    13 . 01 . 2017
  22. kage2015

    It is important to take the little ones outside to enjoy and experience the snow. Perfect little sled.

    13 . 01 . 2017
  23. suzanne

    That is so cute! And I LOVE that your daughter’s name is Scout.

    13 . 01 . 2017
  24. Sam @ The Haunted Housewife

    Awww! That looks like so much fun. This makes me miss the snow! Luckily I was able to play in it a bit in December but now I’m back in Texas.. where the summer never ends lol.

    13 . 01 . 2017
  25. Spunky Moms

    Definitely a warmer weather person! But I don’t like it hot. LOL! Just like Goldilocks 😉 Our kids like playing in the snow, though, so thankfully my parents and my hubby will take them.

    13 . 01 . 2017
  26. Michelle

    That sled is so cool! My little would love this!

    13 . 01 . 2017
  27. Frugal Florida Mom

    This looks like so much fun! Being in Florida now, I kind of miss the snow from time to time. 🙂

    13 . 01 . 2017
  28. Therusticfive

    Thanks! My mom found it at a second hand store.

    13 . 01 . 2017
  29. globalmunchkins82

    I love that sled, we have a toddler and are planning a trip to Tahoe to play in the snow. Definitely going to check into purchasing 😉

    13 . 01 . 2017
  30. Lamora Coons

    This looks fun! I’m definitely the mom who likes to hunker down in the winter, but my kids love to get out in it. The little sled is a great idea!

    13 . 01 . 2017
  31. Laura Rike

    Adorbs!!! That cute little sled can do wonders! 🙂

    13 . 01 . 2017
  32. Cori

    I love the snow! I much prefer summer, but I do really enjoy the snow.

    14 . 01 . 2017
  33. ShortsSweetMom

    How fun. We love playing in the snow. Pulling baby in a sled on flat ground before trying hills is a great idea!

    14 . 01 . 2017
  34. Nicole Parise

    We also had some snow this weekend, so chilly! I’ll admit I am ready for the sun, but looks fun!

    xx nicole
    http://www.nicoleparise.com

    15 . 01 . 2017
  35. Jenni Petrey

    One day I’ll take my children to the snow, not a lot lying around where we live in Australia. The closest we get to snow is frost on the car windows during winter 🙂

    16 . 01 . 2017
  36. Justine Y @ Little Dove

    All of my kids love sledding! We don’t live in the snow (we maybe get it once a year) so we just have to take a short drive to go. We took our 18 month old for the first time in December and she loved it!

    17 . 01 . 2017
  37. Miss Angie (@MySoCalledChaos)

    Oh that looks like such a blast! I can’t wait to play with kids in the snow one day…

    23 . 01 . 2017

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