WITH KATHRINE HOUE MARIC
OF LITTLE KIN JOURNAL
As a mother of three, living in a big city, I’m a big advocate for those in-between seasons. Spring and autumn are my easy times. When the weather is not too hot nor too cold, there’s enough light for staying out late, and enough darkness for my children to fall asleep before I myself am ready for bed. The colours are pretty, the light is perfect and you don’t need to think about sunblock and mosquito spray the minute you walk out the door.
Summer too is sweet, with little hands covered in sticky ice cream and watermelon stains on tiny t-shirts, but to me, summers are not supposed to be spent in big cities and escaping to my country of birth in the light and breezy Scandinavia has become our happy summer place.
My biggest concern is always the winter time. When we leave the joyful spirit of December behind and enter those cold and dark months or January and February, I know, it’s time to bring out my list of ways to get my children outdoors despite the gloomy season or to bring the outdoors inside on those days where winter seems so uninviting that I can’t convince anyone to put on their boots and leave the apartment for even a minute.
JUMPING IN PUDDLES
Definitely a classic, but even my 9-year-old will happily spend an hour or two outside as long as I let them jump in every single puddle we see. Make sure your little one is dressed accordingly and let them jump as much and as crazy as they want will only make it so much more fun.
It might sound too simple to be good, but going for walk after dark can spike the imagination in most kids.
In our house, making a wreath is not only something we do for Christmas. In winter, you can find lots of beautiful branches and dry leaves and flowers outside, and whenever we’re out we make sure to bring home enough stuff to make our own seasonal wreath.
HOT COCOA ON THE STOOP
Even when it’s really cold, this is a great way to get the kids out the door even if it’s just for a few moments. We bring little cups, hot cocoa, mini marshmallows and warm blankets, wave to neighbours and look at all the dogs passing by.
WINTER PICNIC IN THE PARK
This one might not be for the really cold days, but on those cold but sunny weekend days, bringing lunch and blankets to a nearby park is always a great hit with my girls. Hot soup in small tin cups is highly recommended.
If you happen to live in a snowy area, then this is a great way to have fun with your kids and get them out of the house. When you’ve had enough of snowball fights and sledding down the local hill, try and create a snow painting. Simply bring some watercolours and some water outside, and let the kids have fun dripping the coloured water in the white snow.
Jumping in puddles: Definitely a classic, but even my 9-year-old will happily spend an hour or two outside as long as I let them jump in every single puddle we see.
This is something we do every year when a snowstorm hits New York City and forces us to stay inside. Put on a warm coat and some gloves, open the window and let the kids make a mini snowman in the windowsill and let him stay right outside your window.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, this is a must do. When the daylight starts to disappear create a winter bonfire in your garden and make smores and hot cocoa.
FEED THE BIRDS
If it’s too cold to go outside, stay in and make homemade birdseed cakes. Hang them outside your window and enjoy looking at all the wild birds having a feast.
With thanks to Little Kin Journal X
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