I’ve got a great joke for you!
One winters day, four toddlers and their mama go out for a walk….
Need I say more…
If you’re a mom you’re already laughing…
After an hour of attempting to bundle up the kids without losing your cool, you now have four wandering children going in all different directions, pushing, falling, and slipping down every slope they can find. They are cold, crying and whining and it’s enough to quit going outside altogether!
Winter isn’t an easy time of year around here as the cold weather makes it hard to get outside and enjoy the day.
I need exercise and fresh air in the winter and although playing in the yard can help with that, I need more to keep me going and a walk outside is the only way to wake me up some afternoons!
I have discovered over the years a few different ways to make this activity a lot more tolerable..and somedays something to look forward to!!
5 Ways to Make Walking Outside With Kids a Delight!
You will have to find a way to get all these pumpkins bundled and ready to go, but keep in mind, as you are being knocked over, kicked and cried on, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and here are 5 things to make all of it worthwhile!
Forget about what the others sitting in their warm homes think of you and use that silliness you have stashed away.
My kids favourite game right now is Hide From The Dragon. I have three boys and one girl and dragons are a hit around here! We run around pretending that a dragon is flying overhead! I direct them where I need them to go by shouting, “he’s behind you, run to that tree!” It works about half the time and gets us a few blocks ahead of where we are wanting to go!
This one seems obvious, but if you are a bit lazy like me, running in winter gear doesn’t sound like fun…but, once you get going, you will be glad you did..they will get a few blocks further ahead and do it fairly quickly!
Inviting friends to tag along with you is always a great idea!! Not only do you have another adult to help herd the sheep, but the kids enjoy the friendships too!
4) I SPY:
A classic game we always used to play in the car on long road trips.
It’s a great way to get the kids focused on something other than the cold and can get them moving ahead a few steps. I usually have the kids not only find the item with their eyes, but go and touch the spot where the item is!
5) Snow Shoes:
I haven’t tried this one yet, but have heard raved reviews! You can purchase kid sized snow shoes and once everyone is all bundled up, they are so excited to try this out that they walk for quite a while. I would suggest bringing a sled for anyone who wants to take them off after a bit, you can just stick the shoes in the sled and keep going!
6) Bonus: Hot Cocoa!
Of course, bribing my toddlers has always been helpful (don’t judge me!) and letting them know that there is Hot Cocoa for them if they walk with me is a great motivator!
Now that I have shared with you my walking ideas…how about yourselves…what gets you through a cold winters day walk with the kids?
Warming Up with Hot Cocoa,