Snow much fun it is to . . .
“Typically we suggest an approved
hockey, ski or snowboard helmet,
because they’re designed for cold
weather and higher speeds, to be worn
for sledding, skating, hockey, any on-ice
activities. For skiing or snowboarding,
we recommend a ski or snowboard
Once kids are bundled up and
equipped, it’s time to get outside.
For those who like to roll and sculptsnow, amazon.com offers cool kits forsnow bears, snow dinos and extremesnowmen for as little as $17.95.
To take the sting out of snowballfights, the Aviva Arctic BunkerInflatable Snow Tunnel offers durablebackyard protection; available at Toys RUs. Older kids will get a charge out ofArctic Force’s SnowBall Blaster and theSnowfling Snow Ball Thrower. You maywant to encourage a below-the-kneestarget zone to keep the action safe.
For one of winter’s greatest thrills—Man Winter offers kids a lot of fun.
Tobogganing, ice skating, snowballfights and making snowmen are just afew of the activities that your kids canenjoy outdoors.
Of course, the key to any winteractivity is keeping it safe.
Safe environments, safe equipment,proper supervision and age-appropriateactivities all help to reduce the risk ofinjury, says Katie McGillivray Elgie, aninjury prevention coordinator with AHSProvincial Injury Prevention Team.
“Before starting out for any winterouting, it’s important to dress your kidsfor the conditions to help prevent coldrelated injuries such as frostbite andhyperthermia,” McGillivray Elgie says.
If your family’s winter outdoor
activities include sledding, skating,
skiing or snowboarding, McGillivray
Elgie strongly recommends your kids
(and you) wear helmets.
sledding—the Provincial Injury
Prevention Team recommends sleds
with both a braking and steering
mechanism, such as those on the Arctic
Slider Snow Racer or the GT Outburst
Sled. (Both available at Canadian Tire.)
Plastic discs and inner tubes are not
recommended because they are difficult
If you want to enjoy Canada’sfavourite game in your own backyard,check out hockeyshot.ca’s NiceRinkRink-in-a-Box, which includeseverything you need to build a 20 ft. by40 ft. rink, complete with bumpers.
— Heather Kipling
Gear and tips for outdoor activities
For more winter safety tips for kids,visit applemag.ca.