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10 ways to celebrate Valentine

In European folklore February has been a fertility month for humans of forest and fields long before we got St. Valentine's feast ordered by the pope in 496.
I hope you and your family is making Valentine cards for your friends and loved ones. Here are a few ideas to connect you and your family to the Valentine tradition and the outdoors.

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Recess, even in the winter!

What is considered to be too cold for recess in Canada and the US differs from states to province. On our Facebook page, last year we had one mom reporting in Texas that kids are watching cartoons at school when it is 15°C (59°F) outside, because it is too cold. Then we have schools in Canada and the US they are outside when it – 20°C (-4°F).  See USAToday for more on the story on how different recess limits are set.

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Snow tag

If you are lucky enough to have snow where you live you have so many opportunities for fun outdoor play.

Now in the winter it is important to be in motion when you play outside, so you keep yourself and your kids warm. It is the winter that is our peak season here in activekidsclub.com. There is so much to do; it is only our imagination that stops us.

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A kicksled great for winter adventures

Today Shawna tells us how her family uses her kicksled/spark here in Canada. The spark ("kick" in Norwegian) was orginally from Norway and commonally used as way to get from A to B and for recreational use in Scandinavia.

When did your family start using a kicksled?
We got our first kicksled 5 years ago. We just had our third child and wanted some more wintertime activities to do with 3 small children.

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Let there be color

 By Kari Svenneby
Food coloring can be uses for so many things; it is not just limited to decorating cakes, but also for some fun activities in the snow. Our kids and adults loves making snow art in the snow. It hardly cost anything and is so easy to do whereever you live you just need some snow. Both activities simulate grow and fine motor skills, imagination, science, and of course some exercise.

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Banana bread for cross country skiing trip

bananabreadfrontFor our upcoming cross-country ski trip our oldest decided that she was going to make banana bread to bring along and she was going to make it herself.

When I lived in Norway I decided to make up a batch and see what it was all about. Well, I though I did something wrong or something was bad, as it tasted strange and was not my cup of tea. Then years later I tried someone else’s banana bread and I realized… no, that is what banana bread tastes like. Since there were many other cakes and treats in the world I liked, I never looked back.

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