The other day we decided to run away.The holidays had been a bit overwhelming, we were all on system overload.We needed to get away from everything and just have some fun. We ran away to where there was lots of snow so that we could go play outside.
Play is the highest form of research. – Albert Einstein
There is just something about going outside to play, being out in nature, that can change everyone’s mood and make the day so much better. We’re definitely thankful for all the snow that has fallen upon our area and on the mountains. It’s been fun getting out as a family and going for little adventures.
The last time we went to the Sea to Sky Gondola was a year ago, we went snow shoeing and Addie was just a little baby. This time we went just to walk in the snow and let the girls play. We walked The Spirit (of Christmas) Trail. There were simple but beautiful decorations a long the trail and lots of sparkling lights. Even a little arch way made of branches and covered in red wooden hearts.
There was a little play set out in the snow with two slides that the girls loved climbing on and sliding down. There was even a little play house. Jason and I loved watching the girls just having fun. It was all we needed.
4 REASONS TO GET OUTSIDE
- Breath in that fresh air: Is there anything better then going outside and take a deep breath in, and inhaling all of that glorious fresh air? I don’t think! It’s even better when you are outside and playing in the snow. For some reason the air is just better.
- Encourages play: Your kids won’t be sitting staring at any sort of screen. They will be encouraged to play. Being outside helps forster creative and imaginative play. Our girls spent a large chunk of the time playing together too. We find often at home they do their own thing. Plus playing outside and having fun means they are getting excercise (and so are we) and the kids have no idea! Not once did we hear “I’m tired” or “Can we go home yet?”.
- Time spent as a family: We spent the whole day together as a family. No major distractions. The focus was us, our little family unit of 4. We weren’t worried about anything else going on. Our time was spent having fun as a family. We purpousely went without a to-do list. We just went with the flow for what the girls wanted to do. Which meant having breaks when they wanted, going inside to warm up and eat lunch, and back out in the snow to plau some more.
- Developing skills: Fine motor, gross motor, the process for how to do things, cause and effect, and so much more is learnt while playing outside. Lifeskills are learnt while being outside. It’s incredible to step back and just watch your children play and explore while outdoors. Our oldest has learnt how to make a snow ball this winter. Before she would say she couldn’t do it, with the encouragement of her Aunty she now makes them on her own and is all about building snow men.
Have you gotten outside this winter as a family and played?
Have you gone and played out in the snow?
What’s your family’s favourite snow day activity?