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 sculpt
snow, amazon.com offers cool kits for
snow bears, snow dinos and extreme
snowmen for as little as $17.95.
To take the sting out of snowball
fights, the Aviva Arctic Bunker
Inflatable Snow Tunnel offers durable
backyard protection; available at Toys R
Us. Older kids will get a charge out of
Arctic Force’s SnowBall Blaster and the
Snowfling Snow Ball Thrower. You may
want to encourage a below-the-knees
target zone to keep the action safe.
For one of winter’s greatest thrills—
Man Winter offers kids a lot of fun.
Tobogganing, ice skating, snowball
fights and making snowmen are just a
few of the activities that your kids can
Of course, the key to any winter
activity is keeping it safe.
Safe environments, safe equipment,
proper supervision and age-appropriate
activities all help to reduce the risk of
injury, says Katie McGillivray Elgie, an
injury prevention coordinator with AHS
Provincial Injury Prevention Team.
“Before starting out for any winter
outing, it’s important to dress your kids
for the conditions to help prevent cold
related injuries such as frostbite and
hyperthermia,” 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’s
favourite game in your own backyard,
check out hockeyshot.ca’s NiceRink
Rink-in-a-Box, which includes
everything you need to build a 20 ft. by
40 ft. rink, complete with bumpers.
— Heather Kipling
Gear and tips for outdoor activities
For more winter safety tips for kids,