Of course Winter is not just a time to fear for your children’s safety, it’s a time like no other that can offer a huge variety of fun. No other season offers this one material that kids love to play with, a material that allows a versatile amount of games to be played; snow. When it snows, and if it snows hard enough, it can cause the whole country to shut down. Roads are closed. Public transport stops. Offices stay closed. At Wicken Toys we see this period as one to enjoy and relish.
Most adults today have fond memories of playing in the winter snow, so it’s a good idea to let your children have the same fun. Of course we’d always advise to follow the tips in the previous two blogs, snow can be dangerous, but only when not handled correctly.
Snowball fights are perhaps the strongest risk when letting the children play in the snow. We also know though that they can be very fun, so it is always advised to supervise the fight and to ensure the conditions are ok to throw snowballs. It is NOT advised if;
- There’s a large amount of snow that’s formed into ice overnight. When thrown these blocks of ice are solid and sometimes sharp, and cause a very serious injury or breakage.
- The children do not have gloves. Gloves are essential for playing in the snow, since it takes a very short time for fingers to chill through to the bone. If this chill is sustained then the child may run the risk of frostbite.
- If there are any babies or small children present. Getting hit by a snowball may not seem like much, but to a baby or small child it could do them some harm.
However some conditions do allow for a fun and safe snowball fight;
- If the snow has only just settled, then it is more powdery in form. These make for much safer snowballs that instantly crash apart when they make impact.
- If there’s over a foot of snow. This means that when snowballs are scooped up then it reduces the chance of scraping up any loose stones which could harm someone.
Other snow games that we would recommend include;
- Snowman building. If it’s been snowing then building a snowman is almost compulsory! However making it more creative will interest the children. Try building a snowman family, or even a snow dinosaur!
- Sledging. This one is great fun, but must be played cautiously. If you think a slope is too steep to sled down, then it probably is. Use common sense, and find the gentler slopes that allow the kids to have fun without you worrying about their safety. Check out our Sledges here!
Things like snow forts and castles are also great to build, but bear in mind that snow will harden into ice, so try not to block any public pathway or even your own front door! Snow angels is another popular choice to make, but this is not recommended. This is because it involves lying in the snow to make the angel shape. Although it may not look it at the time, but the snow you get on your clothes will turn to liquid and make you very cold, very quickly.
Remember to have fun out there! Just always make sure it is safe fun. For any more information please check out the Wicken Toys website.