Questions to ask your child:
- What are all these outdoorsy people doing? (Name five things.)
- Is everyone headed in the same direction?
- Who is going a different way?
- Who is skiing? Sledding? Riding a snowboard?
- Who is on a camel?
- Point to a different animal on the ski slope. What is it? Where does it belong?
- What looks fun?
- What looks scary?
- What do you think the winged fairies are doing?
- Does the astronaut in uniform belong on the slopes or in outer space?
Do the math. Check the pic and ask:
- How many people are wearing hats?
- How many are wearing scarves?
- How many people are skiers?
- Is everyone skiing? Point to those who aren’t.
- How many animals shouldn’t even be on a ski slope?
- Count the flags. How many did you find?
- Can you find two pandas? One fox enjoying a cup of tea? A pair of bare legs? One chef in a hat?
Figure it out
- Who appears to be winning?
- Who will finish in second place?
- What is that long rectangle thing that Grandma is knitting? How can you tell?
- What’s with the glove on the ski pole? Is it a decoration, a trail marker, or something else?
- Why might an experienced skier tell a new skier to wear a helmet? What might happen if a skier falls?
Get cozy with nature
- Plan a scavenger hunt with your Nordic explorer. Take a walk around the block and see if you can find five pinecones, three squirrels, three birds, and three different kinds of paw prints in the snow, and an empty bird’s nest. Snap photos and identify the prints at home. (Bonus question: Why are some of these items hard to find?)
- Look for trees that stay green all winter. They’re called evergreens, and instead of traditional leaves they have needles. Breathe in and smell the evergreens. Do other trees smell the same way?
- Plan an outdoor race in the snow—if you’re able to. Make sure you know where the finish line is—a picket fence in the yard, the steps in the front, or the sidewalk at the end of your driveway. Stand in a row, count backward from 10 to 0, and hit the finish line first.
What to do after the first really big storm of the season:
- Make a snow-people family. Create three different bodies in three different sizes. Decorate with twigs for arms, carrots for noses, and stones for eyes. Add a scarf and a hat for each. Give your snow people names.
- Build a fort, a maze, or a trail with a snow shovel or your very own footprints. Hide in plain sight (behind a large rock or a tree). Have friends find you.
Put your memory to work!
Take a long, careful look at this picture and try to remember as many details as possible. After a minute, look away.
- Which kind of animal is sitting in the snow with her arm around her baby? (Hint: she is black and white, and she has a warm fur coat!)
- How many camels are in the picture? How many astronauts? How about rainbows? (Hint: the answer is the same for all three questions!)
- What does an astronaut do for a living?
- Where does a chef usually work?