Though daunting at first, hiking with a two and half year old in the winter, It’s been a great way to spend time and we've learned a few things along the way. My son now happily hikes in the snow about a mile and a half independently. Here are a few things we’ve learned that make winter hiking with toddlers more fun for everyone:
We used the old sheet at rope method to create a backyard “fort” in about 15 minutes. It’s easy to get caught up online, checking out elaborate treehouses and backyard she-sheds, but let’s not forget the old school tried and true way to make a simple (but awesome!) backyard blanket fort.
Situational awareness is exactly what it sounds like, being aware of your surroundings in any given situation. It also includes identifying when something has strayed from the norm. It's an incredibly important tool in case of emergency and useful in avoiding accidents. With games, you can teach your kids this great tool for emergency preparedness without making them scared or paranoid about something that might happen.