Mom Monday-Fun outdoor activities for kids and their dogs during winter

2 Dec

Winter months are often cold, which means parents, their children, and their pets, may not be able to go out to do their normal routine.  However, there are plenty of safe activities that you can all do even as the temperature goes down.  As you will see, these fun outdoor activities for kids and their dogs can be fun for the entire family.

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Build A Snowman


A popular activity enjoyed by many families, each year, is to build a snowman.  You can either work on creating one together, or you can have a contest to see who has the best one.  As we all know, these creations come in all shapes and sizes, and you can also use a combination of materials to create your snowman.  If you have a dog, you can have him or her fetch sticks to create the arms, and other parts.

Go Sledding


If your neighborhood has several hills, you can use a sled or toboggan to go through the snow.  The rush that you, and your kids, will feel as you go down the hill is an exciting adventure you won’t soon forget.  Enjoy it before the snow melts.

Enjoy the Lights


Every year, around the holiday season, people put up a light display.  While some of them are modest, many people go out of their way to create a big extravaganza.  This is your chance to go around your neighborhood to see what everyone else has done.  The different showcases will surely be a delight.  You can make it a family outing with your kids and pets.

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Build a snow castle


Many of us enjoy going to the beach in the summer, and building sand castles.  However, you can do similar things in the snow.  By using small plastic containers, you can create bricks that you can use to build your winter fortress.  When you’re done building it, you can also gather the icicles that will form around your house as flags.  The ability to make these combinations will excite your kids, and allow them to use their imagination to conjure up all sorts of ideas.

Create Snow Paintings


If you have a child will likes to be artistic, this is their chance to create a masterpiece.  All you have to do is gather some squeeze bottles, and fill them with water mixed with food coloring.  Once your kids choose the colors they want, they can use the snow in the backyard as their own personal palette.


Obstacle Course


If it’s too cold, or dangerous, to be outside due to severe wintery conditions, you can come inside, and make your own obstacle course.  Using your own furniture, and other household items, you will be able to turn any part of your house into a great place for your kids to race, and you can monitor their experience keeping them safe as they compete.

Play Chess


One time-tested way to get your child’s mind to expand is to teach them how to play chess.  Being able to understand this strategic game will also give them life lessons.  They will learn how to plan ahead in order to avoid problems, and they will also learn how to accept defeat when you say, “Checkmate”.  Learning the different ways that every piece moves, and the multitude of scenarios available in the game makes this a great choice to help children broaden their horizons.

Playing With A Small Dog


Regardless of the activity you choose for you, and your family, you may want to include a small dog.  While, just like humans, temperament can vary between breeds.  They are happy living in just about every location, and with many different types of people.  However, they do tend to bark, and be aggressive, when they feel threatened or not allowed to explore.  Because of their small size, they are also prone to injury when they are around other dogs or people who aren’t careful.  So, protect them.  But don’t coddle them, either.  Not letting them explore is another way to make them fearful or aggressive.  They want to explore their surroundings.

Families with children, and small dogs, can easily participate in many winter activities.  Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t go outside, and explore the scenery safely.  However, if you want to stay inside, there are plenty of things that will keep you, and your family, busy.   Stay safe, and have fun.

Guest Post: Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance Hilary Smithjournalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and parenting related topics and wishes to help parents raise their children to be the best they can be.  Follow her on Twitter!

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