Snow, glorious snow! The winter of 2017 is gifting Torontonians with many healthy snow falls. While my friends yearn for tropical getaways and the sticky days of summer, I'm thriving in this cold environment.
Most often, it's the parents who struggle with snow days. You worry that your child isn't dressed warm enough, you drive your SUV everywhere even though driving is a nightmare and the novelty of the holiday coldness has completely worn off. As a self-proclaimed "tundra-girl", I'm kind of an expert on enjoying the cold. So, I thought I'd share some of my tried and true methods for having fun on a winter day!
1. Get Outside
The nice thing is you don't have to go far. You can play in your backyard or a nearby park. Toronto is full of parks! Whilst building a snowman and making a snow angel are the traditional activities, you can get creative. I'd suggest snow art! All it takes is a squeeze bottle filled with water and food colouring. BONUS TIP: Bring your dog. My dog loves the snow and he's really good at colouring it yellow. ;)
2. Build a Fort
Winter is the perfect fort season. Who even builds forts in the summer? Anyway...
Building a snow fort is a lot of fun because you can use it to have a proper snowball fight, afterwards. If you prefer to stay indoors, a pillow fort is a nice substitute. It's a great place to play Fort Monster with a younger kid! BONUS TIP: If your your child is older [like mine], a well-built blanket fort is a great spot to cozy up and watch Fixer Upper.
3. Go Through Old Photo Albums
An activity that many often enjoyed, in my day. As much as I loved looking at photographs as a child, I love the experience even more as a parent. It gives me a chance to have genuine conversation with my daughter and tell her funny stories. We get to giggle about what grandpa looked like with long hair and a guitar. I can show her my favourite toy that I lost when we moved homes. She gets to humorously relive her "naked phase" that she went through at age 2. The moments are endless!
Whether you're Toronto's undiscovered Martha Stewart or you're happy baking from a box, you can't deny that banking is fun, on a cold day. Depending on my family's baking ambitions of the day, we can be found making either a Pear Streusel (from scratch) or relying on good ol' Betty Crocker. It's a great learning experience for the youngins, a fun way to keep busy on a seemingly boring day and you get some tasty treats out of it! BONUS TIP: If you can't bake, nuke some cookies for 10 seconds. I am not even kidding - it makes them better!
5. Dance Party
If all else fails...dance party! You really can't go wrong. Extra points to anyone who comes up with the funniest, new dance move.
So, here's to hoping 2017 brings many more snow days! I would love to hear your ideas for how to have fun on a winter day. Please, share them in the comments, below!