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Building a snowman is a great activity as winter kicks into gear.
If you live in an area where you see snow, then you’re one of the lucky ones. Not everyone loves snow, obviously, but it at least brings new activities that you can participate in. Kids love to play in the snow, at least for the first part of the season. The only part of snow that’s not really fun is how cold it makes you - bundle up and keep warm. With kids, this takes a bit of work, but it’s a great activity.
One of our favorite activities (and most kids favorite activities) in the snow is to build a snowman. There’s simply something magical about rolling a few balls of snow and stacking them on top of each other. If you think about it in raw terms of what you’re doing, it seems pretty silly, but once your child sees those three balls stacked on top of each other and a mouth and nose in place, they are in love.
By the time they’re older, they may have other things they like to do with the snowman as well - my oldest loves to build a snowman and then within a few minutes loves to knock it down and have a huge pile of snow. I guess at some point the snowman really loses the magic and simply becomes another friend that you can tackle and play with - not really sure what building the snowman up is necessary.
Regardless, one of the items that we purchased this year for our snowman building activities is a snowman kit. I’m not sure why we never had one of these before - probably because I never realized that they existed. A snowman kit is basically all of the accessories that you put on the snowman after you have the three balls of snow stacked on top of each other (eyes, nose, hat, scarf, etc.).
That’s right, you no longer have to go digging in the snow for rocks for eyes or a mouth. You don’t have to trudge back inside to grab a carrot (because who remembers to bring a carrot out when they first go out), and you actually have a hat you can put on top of the snowman’s head. Basically, this makes your snowman really stand out as looking like a real snowman rather than something that somewhat resembles a person.
Building a snowman is a great activity regardless of whether or not you have this kit though. It’s a great way to get you and your child outside and moving. Playing and working in the snow is a great way to get your heart pumping and to enjoy the outdoors at the same time. Depending on how deep the snow is, playing outside in the snow for an hour can be a great workout as well - there are a lot of ways to make it so.
Depending on the size of the snowman you make, simply trying to lift the snow balls on top of each other can be a real workout in itself. We’ve all been overzealous and made snowballs way too big for what we’re trying to do. You want the biggest and coolest snowman, but then you realize you’ve outdone yourself and can’t even get the middle section on the bottom section. Happens way too often - it’s all part of the fun of building a snowman though.
Get outside and enjoy the snow. Build a snowman and use your snowman kit to make it look awesome.