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Skating with kids

skatingfront By Debra Scott

Last year my daughter and I went to the rink every Tuesday and Thursday morning.  We were often the only ones there and it was wonderful.  So calm and relaxed.  Sometimes we were there for half an hour other times she would get frustrated after five minutes.  Never-the-less we went regularly and we made it fun.  I never forced her to stay if she wanted to go and I just loved it on those days when she'd say "just a few more minutes mom".  If skating was too much that day we'd spend time playing on the "SNOW MOUNTAIN" that appears every year right beside the rink and a favourite for kids of all ages.

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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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Winter wonderland


By Kristen Maxwell
The leaves have begun to fall, the air is cool and my daughter and I have begun to collect leaves to decorate the dinner table.  Yes, fall is upon us with winter on its heels.  Last year my daughter’s favourite winter fun was making snow angels. I wonder what will tickle her fancy this year.  Recently I came across a book called I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature , by Jennifer Ward; she offers many inspiring ideas for outdoor play on cold, snowy days.

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Holiday ice art

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Ice,ice baby

By Kari Svenneby

One year we celebrated Christmas in Norway, my home country. My parents were scratching their heads when my husband and daughter started to fill balloons with water and put them out on the porch to freeze. We then took cookie cutters on cookie trays and buckets and filled them with water.

Every time we were having dinner or hosting a holiday party last year, we would look at the beautiful ice sculptures glowing in the candlelight. It was so easy, cheap, environmentally friendly, educational and so beautiful.

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