Granted the last few days have not been conducive to doing anything fun outdoors due to the ice and cold in our area, but when those conditions are not too intense, Michael and I have found lots of fun things to do outside to keep our energy up, our spirits up, and our physical exercise needs met. When this doesn’t happen, parents and children get cranky. Being cooped up indoors is certainly not fun, whether you are exceptional or not! But when the weather is cooperating, I love to get outdoors with Michael especially at this time of the year and celebrate the beauty that our winter in Canada can be (when temperatures cooperate) So what do we do in winter to pass the time? Here are a few of our favorite activities:
1) Sledding: Going sledding outside is a great activity when energy is high and weather is mild. Pick any hill close by to your home or even a little farther away. You can make a day of it if there is a longer drive and sledding expedition ahead. Also think, winter carnivals! Most municipalities have them.
2) Skating: Indoor or outdoor skating can be a fun treat. If your child is not too comfortable skating, the indoor rinks usually have little walker-like accessories they can use to hold on to to get their footing.
3) Taking a walk outside: For some children who may have motor difficulties or issues with skating or sledding due to sensory issues, taking a walk can be excellent as it provides physical movement for parent and child and it something fun and economical to do for the family. You can even putt them in a sled and a go for walk if they are young enough!
4) Building a Snowman: We have yet to do this this year as Michael is older, but one of our favorite family activities is building a snowman in our backyard or front. It marks the winter for us for sure!
5) Cross Country Skiing: We have yet to try this activity, but apparently there are lots of places where you can rent skis as a family and try cross country skiing. It is great exercise and very cost effective too.
Exceptional Parents, what are your favorite winter activities that you do with your Exceptional Child? If you are having trouble getting your child out there, start with a little outing where you are just standing outside catching snowflakes on your tongue. Progress to touching and playing with snow, and go from there. In time, your child will see how much fun it can be playing in snow and making the best out of winter. Until next time.
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