Motivating your kids to go outside in the winter can be tricky on the best of days.
But with the right activities, winter exercising can be fun. All that is required is the proper encouragement and activities that appeal to your kids depending on what they like to do and how old they are.
Try these three wintertime activities this season to inspire play among your children:
Skiing & Snowboarding
If you are lucky enough to live near a resort or mountain with designated lifts and trails, getting your kids involved in skiing or boarding early can turn into a lifelong love of the sport.
If you don’t have a mountain nearby, consider looking into cross-country skiing. It is an even better source of exercise and you can explore the countryside at the same time.
Not only is skiing or boarding a great way to get some good exercise and spend some time outside, it can be a great way to enjoy an activity with your kids and help build your relationship at the same time.
Whatever you choose, make sure you have the right snowsports gear for the adventure. A retailer like REI can provide you with everything from boots and jackets to skis and boards with styles and fashions for everyone in your family.
Shooting & Target Practice
Practicing marksmanship can be a great way to get kids excited about the outdoors. And when combined with cross-country skiing or snow shoes you can create your own version of the Winter Olympics in your backyard.
By taking advantage of the wide selection of air rifles available from shops like Cabela’s, you can appeal to your kids; no matter what their age or skill level. Take this opportunity to teach them about safety and responsibility.
The outdoor retailer also offers a variety of targets, from paper types to knockdown styles. And if you have more than one child, you can set up competitions and tournaments to get them all involved in the fun.
Building & Creating
The winter months provide a unique opportunity to create some amazing works of art out of the snow. One all-time favorite is the snowman. Create a simple snowman with a scarf and hat, carrot nose, and sticks for arms.
Or maybe your kids want to create a frozen replica of your entire family on the front lawn. Bundle up, get outside and have some fun.
If that doesn’t appeal to your kids, take it to the next level. Every kid loves a fort. Create a snow fort from simple barricades or go all out and build castles filled with tunnels and multiple rooms. You can even go crazy and make multiple forts and have snowball battles with all of the kids in the neighborhood.
Remember, getting kids outside isn’t about you telling them to do something. Most of the time you are going to have to find something that they will enjoy and you’ll have to play with them. This way you can get them out of the house and all of you will get some great exercise and bonding time no matter what time of year it is, even in wintertime.