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There’s one essential component to a fun snow day — getting out to play in the snow.
Outdoor fun can go beyond making a snow man, although it is a must. Some stores now sell snowman making kits that help make the perfect snowman. You can also build a snow man old-school style with a carrot from the fridge and some hats, buttons and scarves found in the house.
Many people also build igloos, snow forts or, if you are a Superman fan, a Fortress of Solitude.
Disney’s “Family Fun” magazine has a few fortress building tips.
The magazine also suggests spraying water on the surfaces that will be joined together to hold the blocks in place as they freeze together. To add color mix water and food coloring and put in a spray bottle to “paint.”
But on a snow day, nothing beats sledding.
Everyone can’t sled Clark W. Griswold style but most people enjoy a nice ride down a proper hill on a snowy day.
Whenever you find a good sledding hill make sure you get the property or business owner’s permission to use the hill.
Some local residents have preferred sledding methods and locations. While these might be some local favorites, always make sure to sled safely and follow recommended safety tips for sledding. Sometimes our favorite sledding mechanisms are not the safest idea. The ideas mentioned here are not meant to be attempted. Just ask Griswold.
Jennifer Fulkerson likes sledding on an inner tube. Her friend’s house has a great hill for sledding.
Tracy Wilson likes getting the cheap plastic disks from a discount store and goes sledding at the Freeman Lake dam or the slope behind Severns Valley Baptist Church.
Crystal Moseley likes to go sledding in her front yard.
“Our house sets on top of a great hill to sled on,” she said.
For a large group, she recommends sledding on the hood of an old car. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend a car hood for sledding.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.
Outdoor play safety tips:
One concern is frostbite. Karen Blaiklock, community and industry education manager at Hardin Memorial Hospital, offered tips to avoid and recognize frostbite.
For sledding, the American Academy of Pediatrics has some safety tips.
The AAP has more tips for staying warm. Without the proper clothing a sledding outing could result in hypothermia.