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winter season has always been anticipated by kids everywhere. What
kid doesn’t love the thrill of the cold but tangible snow?
There’s nothing like taking a dive into a large mound of snow
or making snow angels. It wouldn’t be winter, for many, without
a few snowmen and good old-fashion snowball fights. Your children
may have to give up riding their bike for a couple of months, but
there are plenty of other games and activities to keep them busy
and active all winter long.
Perhaps one of the most fun and well known games, a simple game
of tag can be altered to play in the snow. Snow tag is played in
much the same way as an ordinary game of tag, but with the added
element of snow. The snow makes for an especially fun game of tag
because of the likelihood for nose-dives into the snow while running
away from “it”. To play this game the group first decides
who “it” will be by counting out. Count out with age
old rhymes such as “Eeny meeny miny moe …” or
“1,2,3 out goes he …”. Next, “it”
takes his place in the center of the playing field while the rest
of the group spreads out. The group tries to avoid being tagged
by “it’ by running away from “it” while
staying within predetermined bounds. When “it” tags
someone, the person tagged becomes the new “it”. This
is a fun game that can be played for hours.
Another common game that can be altered for a fun winter variation
is the game of hockey. Broom hockey is a fun and interesting way
for kids to play this old game without needing any special equipment.
This exciting winter game is meant to be played on a lake or pond
that has frozen over. The rules are exactly the same as in a regular
game of hockey. The only changes are in the equipment. In place
of hockey sticks, the kids us broomsticks and in place of a hockey
puck, they use a tennis ball. This is a game that they will look
forward to every winter and neighborhood kids ever where will be
lining up to play.
Fox hunting is a fun game of wits that can be played by a group.
This is a particularly good game for scouting groups. At the beginning
of the game two kids are chosen to represent the foxes. The rest
of the group goes off in different directions. After giving them
a five minute head start, the two foxes take off also. They must
make sure that they do not follow in any human tracks. Their goal
is to avoid getting caught by any of the other players. They can
use all sorts of creativity to do this, such as walking along the
tops of walls or treading in each other’s tracks. If they
approach another’s tracks (of the human group) they must run
off in another direction. Both foxes must be captured for it to
count as a win. The goal is to avoid capture for one hour and return
to the starting point.
Winter is a time of frosty, frozen fun. Kids of all ages look forward
to it all year long. While skiing and snowboarding are fun activities,
they can become expensive. With a little creativity, you can find
plenty of games and activities to keep your children busy and active
all winter long.
One of the best things about winter is the snow. And one of the
best things about snow is the fun and games that it allows.
Sports and Activities
Wintertime often sparks cabin fever, creating a feeling of seclusion,
boredom and depression in many people.
For most of us, ice skating is merely recreational, whether ice
hockey or simply ice skating in a rink.