As the leaves wither off the trees and temperatures start to drop, it may become increasingly difficult for you and your family to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Despite the sedentary realities of wintertime, it is important to get out of the house and take advantage of everything the season has to offer. We have come up with some great winter-themed activities that will have your family active all the way into the New Year, continue reading for our list!
Tobogganing is one of those traditional winter activities that will never lose its appeal. From the rush of speeding down a snowy slope on your toboggan, to the great cardio workout of dragging it back up the hill – you really cannot go wrong with an afternoon of tobogganing. For children with special needs, tobogganing is great because parents are able to control the steepness of the hill and even accompany their child on the toboggan if additional assistance is required. Although we all tend to think of the classic wooden sled design, there are so many toboggan designs options that are sure to accommodate your child’s special needs.
Skating is another quintessential wintertime activity that will always remain popular. Although this is an activity that requires a high level of physical engagement, there are still ways your special needs child can participate in the fun and enjoy themselves. Skating aids are a great way to support your child if they are having difficulty skating, they are various fun aids designed that will have your child skating on their own while establishing their independence.
3. Shovelling Snow
Perhaps not the most entertaining of activities on our list, shovelling snow is certainly one of the most physically engaging ones. Shovelling snow is actually quite hard work, however it will get your child’s heart rate up and keep them active despite the cold weather. Household chores are a great way of teaching children the value of hard work, by combining these tasks with more enjoyable snow activities; your child will still have tons of fun. Listed below are more suggestions on how you could make the most out of the snow before it’s shovelled!
4. Snowball Fight
Once the snow has been shovelled into large piles, these piles can now double as defensive barricades in the snowball fight of your life! When playing with snow, ensure that your children are properly protected against the cold with waterproof and cold-resistant outerwear. Snowball fights are the perfect way to get you and your family active and playing outside in spite of the cold weather, just be sure to avoid throwing clumps of ice to prevent injuries.
5. Snow Painting
By filling squirt bottles with paint and water, you can turn an entire stretch of white snow into a canvas for your child’s creative play. Have your child draw out their favourite pictures and maybe even practise their spelling and grammar skills while having tons of fun in the process. Snow painting not only requires a steady hand, but the large natural blank canvas will have your family running up and down the backyard to create the ultimate snow masterpiece.
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