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Enjoying the winter with KIDS

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Here’s the snow dog – Photo: Liliana Polcari

Sometimes it’s the simplicity of the activity that makes it so fun and genuine. Last week’s snow fall was dreaded by most: longer commutes and colder weather are not the sort of combo folks look forward to, especially when winter is officially still one month away.

My kids, on the other hand, were completely excited. In their words, “let’s go sledging!” There wasn’t exactly enough snow to go tobogganing, but the snow had that perfect consistency to make snowmen. Or as my daughter prefers – snow dogs. It’s actually her way of campaigning for a real dog one day.

We have lots of fun getting the kids enjoying winter and the snow. One of my favourite childhood memories was trying to build the largest snowman ever with my older siblings and friends.   Rolling the snow ball into this massive boulder was awesome including about five kids, at one point, pushing it along!

So when the snow falls and the temperature hovers around the freezing mark, with great packable snow, it’s snow building time! Add some food colouring, old clothing, or twigs to your snowy creation, the possibilities are endless!

I’m hoping that our kids’ current love for snow persists, after all winter returns at roughly the same time every year lasting longer than any other season in Toronto. There’s a lot to do with snow in the winter with kids. Enjoy and get creative out there!

What are your memorable snow building experiences?