For those of you who enjoy being outside in the snow, there are a variety of snow toys available kids and adults can enjoy together. Included in this list are some great outdoor toys the entire family will enjoy such as snow sleds, snow tubes, snow shoes, and some all-around great snow gear for kids. Whether you are heading out for some fun or hosting a sledding party, as with all of these outdoor toys, adults should continue to supervise children while keeping some winter safety guidelines in mind, and wearing protective gear such as helmets when appropriate.
1. Snow Tube
Inflatable snow tubes, like this one from Sportstuff, can be found in many stores, including big box stores, discount stores, hardware stores and sporting good stores. Snow tubes inflate easily with air and are lightweight for children to carry. Simply walk to the top of the hill, grip the handles and slide away!
Recommended for kids ages 4-6, this is an outdoor ice rink for the yard. The sides are inflated, then the rink is filled with water. In the cold weather the water will freeze to make the ice surface. There are two rink sizes available for purchase, either 10 feet or 12 feet. The manufacturer states that two children may be able to skate together in the same space.
If there is a really fun snowball battle occurring, you better have a great snowball shield to help defend yourself.
Whether it be shoveling the driveway, making a path, or digging up snow to pile for a snowman, kids may enjoy having a snow shovel suited for their height.
This snowball slingshot by Hammacher Schlemmer does not require batteries, and can launch snowballs up to 60 feet. A softball sized snowball is placed in the launcher. Then the handle, which is attached with elastic, is pulled back to launch the snowballs. This toy is recommended for kids and adults ages 8 and up. A target is also included for target practice.
There are several different varieties of children's snowshoes available by different companies. However, this pair, specifically from L.L. Bean, is recommended for kids 25 - 60 lbs. These kids snowshoes have an Easy Fit binding that allows children to take their own snowshoes on and off, even while wearing mittens.