So, the snow’s hit a lot of the country and the temperature is DOOOWWWWWN. With lockdown still affecting almost everything we do, it's nice to have a change of scenery at least! But how can you enjoy this wintery snap, yet not run out of things to do inside, and avoid having a howling ice-cold child within minutes of going outside? Here are a few fun ways to keep toddlers and kids entertained at home, and top dressing tips for when you venture out. Altogether now, in the words of Frank Sinatra: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
1. Get kitted out
When heading out, being properly prepared is crucial and layering is key. KIDLY Label tops, joggers and leggings are perfect for building up the warmth in great toning shades and our Recycled Gilet is great to pop under a super-warm winter coat like this cool Baloo Ski Jacket by Go Soaky or dinoski coat. Next, you need a hat and we don't think you can beat Little Hotdog Watson for adorable styles (and brand name!). Finally, proper ski gloves will be a lifesaver for keeping little fingers mobile when making snowmen and warm boots are a must. We love Bobux's I-Walk Paddington Waterproof Boot for the fine-but-toasty merino lining. And don't forget that extra pair of socks!
2. Make a snow globe
What better way to celebrate and make magical winter memories than with a homemade snow globe? It’s easier than you'd think. Just follow these instructions, courtesy of the Royal Ballet’s very own Snow Queen herself!
3. Get Mother’s Day sorted early
Yes, you’ll have to pretend not to peek, but getting them crafting for a reason means they’ll probably sit doing it for longer. Once they’re done, get them to find that ‘hiding place’ to store it until the big day. (That’ll keep them occupied for at least an hour.)
4. Bring the snow in
This is a great bargaining tool if your small Ernest Shackleton refuses to come indoors. Grab an old ice cream tub, baking dish or a little bucket, then scoop up some snow from outdoors to bring in, stick on their gloves, give them some smaller construction toys to play with and there's their snow play sorted. Stick it on a black bag, or put them by the front door on the mat to limit the mess.
5. Have an indoor snowball fight
Scrunch up paper or newspaper into around 6 balls and wrap each one individually with cling film, then get throwing - soft enough not to hurt anyone, or break any windows!
6. Write letters to Mr Snowman
Yes, really! Think letters to Santa, but with a cold twist. From holiday wishes to things they want to do at weekends, this will get little minds working and give you ideas too. Winning.
7. Make marshmallows for your hot chocolate
Because every snow day needs LOTS of hot choc and, let’s be honest, it tastes so much better with marshmallows. Double up on sweetness and keep them busy by making your own.
8. Whip out the dress-up box
From those World Book Day outfits to any other piece of fancy dress, raiding that box will get their imaginations going keep them busy for hours. Wait for the ‘show’ at the end…
9. Save the snow
If they get sad when you make them come in or when the white stuff starts to melt, do it like the Beckhams. Yep, Posh posted a cool idea on her Instagram Stories where she popped her kids’ snowballs in the freezer for later. Do the same, or collect a bit of snow, pop it into Tupperware and store it away for the next day. Thanks, Vics!
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