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Anne is the Coordinator of the MA Children at Play Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

 

 

When you picture outdoor activities you can do with your kids, do you automatically imagine a warm, summer day? Many people don’t realize how much fun they can have as a family during a New England winter.  As long as kids are dressed warmly, there are lots of fun, age-appropriate activities that can get kids moving.

We’ve been pretty lucky this winter, with high temperatures and not a whole lot of snow. But, if and when the snow comes, the options are endless!

Making snow angels, building snow-people, shaping snow balls and creating snow-houses are great ways to be active in the snow.Shutterstock_70092772 small

 A fun game I used to play with my two boys was walking across the yard and then hopping back, trying to land only on the footprints you made. It’s okay if they can’t do this perfectly, as long as they’re up and hopping around!

Many parents look puzzled when I say that children can help shovel snow – not only are they capable, they actually enjoy it! If you have a car, they can help remove snow with a soft brush or broom. These can be fun little jobs that are easy for kids to manage and get all their muscles moving.

Bundle up and take a winter stroll with your children, and make up games you can play along the way. For example, ask your children to see how many different birds you can spot in your yard or neighborhood.

If things get too chilly, you can still keep moving indoors as well: have a dance party, march up and down stairs, or play follow the leader. Remember, being active doesn’t have to be hard work.  As long as kids are moving, every little bit counts. For more fun tips on how to help children of all ages be active, visit www.mass.gov/massinmotion.

 

 

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