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Keeping Outdoor Toys Safe During the Winter
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Outdoor play is a great way for children to burn off excess energy and get a bit of fresh air. Running around with a ball, riding a bike or playing with a skipping rope are all fantastic exercise and there's never been such a good choice of outdoor toys for kids. When the cold weather sets in, however, you'll need to find ways to keep the toys in good condition.
If it's possible to keep items indoors, that's ideal. Larger toys, such as bikes, may not fit in your house, but a shed or lean-to can be purchased quite inexpensively. Small toys that are generally used outside can be kept in a box with drainage holes, such as a crate, allowing you to carry the box out to the garden or park so that the contents can still be accessed easily. It's a good idea to allow children to carry on playing outdoors throughout the cold weather as long as they are well wrapped up and it's safe to do so; portable storage for their favorite small outdoor toys makes this easier to arrange.
Some outdoor toys for kids, such as swings, slides or trampolines, are too big to bring indoors. When this is the case, it's often possible to buy covers that will protect them from the worst ravages of winter. If your toys don't have a purpose-built cover that can be readily obtained, a piece of plastic sheeting will generally be just as good; these can be held in place with some heavy-duty tape or clamps. If you are certain that a toy won't be used for several months, it is sometimes more convenient to dismantle it so that it can be stored in a shed before being safely reassembled, rust-free, once the warmer weather returns.
A well-made outdoor toy will last for years and provide endless hours of exercise and entertainment for your children, which is why it's worth taking a little extra time and trouble to protect them from unnecessary damage due to cold and damp weather. Correct storage or covers will help to prevent an expensive bill for replacements and, more importantly, will ensure your children aren't disappointed by the loss of a treasured pastime. If you are loving your outdoor playsets, simply visit My Kid Needs That for more information.
Since you all loved the other cookie giveaway I did last week I thought a St. Patrick's Cookie Giveaway would be another great one for those of you who have a sugar tooth. :) This giveaway is sponsored by Gourmet Cookie Bouquets ! I personally have not tried these cookies but looking at the pictures of all the cookie bouquets made me ready to try them! I absolutely love the creativity in all their Holiday Bouquets! 2 Lucky winners will win a fun St. Patrick's Day Bouquet that is valued at $50. GOOD LUCK! I hope one of my readers wins!! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter the St. Patrick's Day cookie giveaway. The mandatory entry is commenting on this post, but once that entry is completed, various other entry options will become available. Any option is acceptable, but the number of entries per person are limited to the number indicated in the contest rafflecopter form. Entries will be reviewed and duplicate or uncompleted ones will be removed
St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly. I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos. Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you. This was a super easy one for those little hands. I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting. The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper. EASY, but they enjoyed it! :) It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge! :) I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!
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