32 ways to take a child on a winter walk
Many parents notice: kids up to 3-4 years old do not really like to walk in the winter, and gathering them for a walk is not easy. What is the reason? The expert on occupations with children Zhenya Katz advises to check clothes and shoes first: comfortable, not cold? And then take advantage of the ideas of the games: the children will definitely like some of them!
My son Grishka, at 1.5-2, hated winter walks and started whining as soon as we left. He did not want to dig, he did not want to go up the hill - he didn’t want anything. And now she loves to walk - just outgrow the kid's problems and learned to entertain herself perfectly on the street at any time of the year, and especially in the winter. Well, that winter I had to reinvent the masses in all sorts of exciting activities in order to bring the child to the fresh air for a while.
That's what I noticed then: in the fall, it is also difficult for adults to get used to the frost and wind, and therefore I myself wear much warmer clothes in the beginning of winter than in the middle of it. I just freeze until I get used to winter! And the children are freezing too! Therefore, from the very first cold days we dressed more warmly.
While the child is very small, sitting in a stroller or on a sled, one-piece jumpsuit is convenient. Small children usually do not particularly like to dress, and winter walks are difficult for them and for parents, partly because you need to pull a bunch of things on the baby. Having suffered so much for some time, I solved the problem radically: we bought a down jumpsuit and a very warm hat with a collar. After that, dressing for a walk was reduced to a minimum: we put tights or socks on the child, sometimes a thin sweater over a T-shirt - and a down jumpsuit. Everything! Boots-moon rovers - on their feet, and you can go, and wear a hat and mittens already in the elevator.
My children in infancy were rather cold, so I was looking for them or sewing the warmest and most waterproof mittens. Sometimes children do not like to wear mittens, because something is inconvenient and unusual to grab. Gloves are probably more suitable for such children, although their hands freeze much faster. In any case, it would be good to take spare mittens for a walk, so that you can change your clothes if the first ones get wet, icy or snow stuff.
Sometimes kids on the street crying in the winter, because they have cold cheeks, you can try to smear them with a special cream before a walk. Or maybe just chilly hands or feet. Then you need to carefully examine the clothes and shoes and find something suitable.
Some children in the year and a half refuse to walk on the street at all, if they put on too thick clothes - overalls with fur or, especially, a fur coat. In such clothes, the child is so clumsy that it is just difficult for him to take a step. My brother, for example, did not take a single step in a fur coat, but simply lay down on the snow. My mom had to knit a warm sweater for him and sew waterproof winter pants - and then he began to walk normally.
What to do in the winter for a walk
- ride from a hill on an ice-boat or on a sled;
- try to climb these hills on the steepest place, either on the ice, or on the deepest snow drifts;
- ride head over heels;
- floundering in the fluffy snow;
- dig snow and make waders;
- climb the tops of snow drifts;
- kicking the ice on the walkway;
- play hockey;
- throw snowballs;
- sculpt snowmen, snow bears and cats, crocodiles and geese;
- build houses for a mouse - from snow-ice slabs, from bunches of dry grass, from lumps of snow;
- drill holes in snowdrifts with a stick or pen from the blade;
- tread on the snow cunning labyrinth paths and then run along them;
- to lay tracks - to play an expedition to the North Pole;
- look for trees like snow snakes;
- build large snow fortresses and houses;
- falling on his back in the snow and waving his arms - "draw angels";
- draw with a stick in the snow;
- water the snow with tinted water from a bottle;
- lay out colorful ice on the snow to create a pattern;
- tear off pieces of the crust and throw them on the ground to break;
- throwing your hands or shoveling snow into the air is very beautiful, especially in the evening under the lantern. At the same time it is necessary to shout loudly, "salute!" or "hooray!" and try to run under the falling snow;
- to play "catch-up-boo" - run through the snowdrifts and whoever you catch up with - you can beat him;
- plant branches that have fallen from the trees during the wind, in the snow;
- collect ice and snowballs in the cage from the stroller, and then melt them at home: you can be under water, and you can watch them gradually melt;
- tear off icicles;
- to drive New Year's round dances around all the trees, sing about the Christmas tree;
- to decorate the Christmas tree in the forest with all sorts of toys;
- peck the steps near the hill;
- to skate;
- run, jump, lead round dances.
Here is our favorite snow dance:
We walk through the snowdrifts,
Raise your leg higher
Boo! Fell all in a snowdrift!
Can with children tinkering trough, for example - from dairy packages, hang them in the nearest park, and then bypass all the feeders and fill them with crumbs and kernels. So you will have a more or less extended route, and the purpose of the walk.
In the bitter cold you can do with children ice lanterns. Here is the easiest way: lay the snow in a circle, tamp it down, and then pour it with water so that the ice walls grow. And inside such a flashlight you can put a thick candle or a sparkler.