Jan 17, 2012

Guest Writer - Winter Activities

Please welcome Christina Johnson, a guest writer to lil Mop Top today! Hope you enjoy her list of fun winter activities!

“The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…” With these sentiments ringing in our ears, winter often serves as a time for many of us to stay inside, cuddle up on the couch, and spend little time engaging in activity. However, this snowy time of year does not have to be a season of hibernation. Rather, it should be an occasion to participate in life, try new things, and have fun! So, the next time the weather turns “frightful,” choose from any of the options below, and you’ll surely change your tune and soon be singing, “Come on it’s lovely weather...”

Fun Winter Activity Medley:

Play in the Snow— A wonderful way to spend time as a family and to get everyone active is to take advantage of the winter weather. Building snowmen, making snow angels, constructing forts, and having snowball fights are all ways to pass the time and to appreciate the climate that winter has to offer. Sledding and tubing are also enjoyable ways to spend the time. However, if a trip is more your style, consider packing the family to the nearest ski resort and trying a new sport.

Go Ice Skating– One of the most memorable winter experiences for children and adults alike is ice skating. Whether skating on a frozen over pond or venturing to a commercial skating rink, ice skating is an exciting and unforgettable experience. Remember to wear your thickest socks and warmest sweater, though. You’ll be exposed to the wintry elements even at an indoor rink.

Play Board Games— On the worst of days, staying inside is probably a better option than challenging the elements. A fun indoor activity? Board games, of course! Playing board games together is a lovely way to spend time and teach good sportsmanship to the children. Make sure you keep plenty of age-appropriate games on hand so everyone can participate. Complete your “family game night” with your favorite snacks and treats, and you’ll while away the hours having fun as a family.

Make a Craft— Crafting is another enjoyable indoor activity that helps pass the time. This activity even helps you exercise your brain instead of just your body. Craft products can be purchased in local craft stores or even just collected from around your home. Tablets of construction paper, safety scissors, and tubes of glitter, glue sticks, feathers, buttons, sequins and rhinestones are all fun craft items. Let your imagination carry you away from the weather. Cut, glue and sparkle masterpieces into existence.

Cook Together— Cooking is an entertaining and practical way to spend your time. Gathering the family in the kitchen for the testing of new recipes is a fun way to spend an afternoon, evening, or weekend. Bake cookies, bars, or cakes. Try a new and unusual ingredient or recipe for the first time. Or, refine your family favorite for a tasty, timeless dinner for all. Cooking is not only an enjoyable activity for all; it will also heat up the house and keep everyone contented and cozy.

Whether you’re staying in or going out, making snowmen or baking cookies, winter is a splendid time of year to make memories. And, what better way to preserve those memories than to take photographs? So, when you’ve decided on that “perfect winter activity,” be sure to pull out the camera and snap a few candids while you do it. And, once you’ve had your fun and sung your tune, you’ll be able to add another winter activity to the list— Make a Winter Scrapbook.

Christina Johnson works remotely for Elliman Prudential in the New York City Apartments and New York City Rentals market. She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career. Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects.


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