1. Snow angels
The great thing about snow angels is that you can make them in all types of snow, powdery as well as sticky. Your child simply lies down on his back in the snow and waves his arms and legs back and forth to form an angel’s wings and dress. If you join in the fun, you can create a whole family of angels! Give your child a hand to get up so that he doesn’t ruin his angel. Snow angels can even be decorated like snowmen using buttons, pinecones or stones.
Snow not sticky enough to build a snowman? No problem! You can suggest making miniature snowmen instead, using Play-Doh, or even better, by making your own “snow dough”! Simply mix 750 ml (3 cups) of baking powder and 125 ml (½ cup) of white hair conditioner, and voilà! For even more fun, put the snow dough in the freezer for about 30 minutes before giving it to your child. This “snow” will last several days in a sealed bag (e.g. Ziploc).
3. Hot chocolate
The ultimate treat after coming in from the cold! It’s so easy to make your own homemade version: simply mix some warm milk with a bit of cocoa and sugar, and there you go. You can add cinnamon, vanilla or some Cayenne pepper for extra flavour. If you use a commercial brand of chocolate powder, mix it with warm milk instead of water. To make the treat more festive, top with whipped cream, ice cream, white chocolate shavings or mini marshmallows.
While you may find shovelling a tedious chore, your little one will love to help out. To start with, give him a kid-sized shovel. If the snow is heavy, he can just push it as though he were sweeping. You can then join in by throwing it further away. If your child doesn’t want to shovel alongside you, you can give him sand buckets and ask him to fill them with snow to make a castle somewhere nearby. What he uses to build his castle will be that much less for you to shovel!
In very cold temperatures, blood doesn’t circulate as well and has a harder time reaching extremities (cheeks, ears, chin, nose, hands and feet). In these situations, the skin can effectively freeze: it turns red, stings and in severe cases, eventually loses its colour. To treat frostbite, you need to get indoors, take off all your child’s wet clothing and gently warm up the frozen parts with your hands, or put them under your armpits or in lukewarm water. It’s very important not to rub the frostbitten parts and not to apply snow or any greasy substance. You should also refrain from dipping any frostbitten extremity in very hot or very cold water. For more information, visit:
Source : magazine Naître et grandir, january-february 2017
Writing : Josée Bournival
Photos : iStock.com/Creativex (up) et iStock.com/Visualcommunications (below)