It's cold, it's wet, but oh boy is snow fun.
There's no need to stay indoors when it's cold outside. Buy a sledge, and hit the snow for some energetic winter fun. This will be fun for around three minutes, until you become cold and sweaty all at the same time, and bored of dragging the sledge around in circles. Be inspired to get more from your sledging session with these top toboggan games:
1. Ready, Steady, Go Race two sledges, or race someone running alongside, or race the family dog....sledges are built for racing anything that moves.
2. Snowman Relay This is a game for two teams. Place everything you need for two snowmen into two piles. Build the snowmen bodies at one end of the garden, then race to transport the accessories and clothes, via sledge, one item at a time, to see who can complete their snowman first.
3. Soft Toy Stack This game is as much about care and precision as it is about speed. Stack the sledge high with soft toys, and see how quickly you can complete a circuit of the garden, without a single teddy spilling out.
4. Obstacle Course Use the snow to create hills, and humps, barriers and bumps all around the garden, for the ultimate snowy obstacle course. Use a stopwatch to record the best times, and chalk them up on a fence panel or outside wall.
5. Snow Skittles Use the snow to make skittles, or use soda bottles filled with water. The aim of the game is to hit as many skittles down in one pass as possible. If you have a slope nearby you can use it as a bowling alley, with the skittles at the bottom. Alternatively you can skid the sledge sideways as you run towards the skittles and see how many you can knock down with a sideswipe.
6. Snowman Bus This is the perfect game for pooped out parents, as it requires no adult participation. Fill the sledge up with half-size snowmen, then the gently pull them along on your snow bus, without them toppling over.
7. Snow Transportation The cleverest parents get the children to do all the work. Position yourself in one corner of the garden, and ask your children to transport snow to you so you can build a huge snowman.
8. Sled Pictures If you have a lot of space you can try carving out a picture or pattern in the snow with your sledge. This is more entertaining than simply marching up and down the garden.
9. Sledge Safari Take a tour of the neighbourhood on your sledge, keeping a look out for the local wildlife: cats, dogs, birds.
10. Guess Where Ask the sledge rider to close their eyes, or pull their woolly hat down, while you pull the sledge around. Countdown from ten, then ask them to guess whereabouts they have been pulled to. This is great for testing listening skills, spatial awareness and visualisation ability.