Who said kids can't ski at home?
You don't have to have snow outside your house or go to expensive ski resort to have a lot of fun skiing. It's all about setting up the mood and imagination. Kids can play anywhere with anything.
Since it's winter, Olympics is around the corner, we don't have snow and it doesn't look like we gonna head to a ski resort this year (or any year for that matter) we decided to have some fancy skiing at the house.
To be able to ski, even if it's in the house you need skis.
Every time we need something and we don't have it, my daughter shouts out: "maybe we can make them".
To make homemade skis we used:
- cardboard for the skis
- plastic soda bottles as ski boots
- wooded sticks (that we found during our leaf hunt in the fall) as our ski poles.
Then we colored the skis, attached the bottles (with clear tape), taped the skis all around with clear tape to have them stronger and for better slide. We attached some rope thingies to ski poles and handles. And Voila - got the skis.
My kids were already in the skiing mood by the time we finished making skis. In case, yours aren't - create a skiing mood in the house.
Ideas on how to create skiing mood in the house
- If you are an experienced skier - talk more about skiing with your child or watch some skiing videos to get kids in the mood and to have an idea on what different things skiers do (as my daughter thought that they dance like on ice).
- Let the kids wear skiing clothes or just a hat, scarf and some gloves.
- Create and mark a skiing route around the house. Mark the start spot and the end one.
- If possible create some mini slopes (use some firm pillows for that) or even a mountain to ski from (we put a board on the low mattress for them to slide off).
- Add fake snow.
- Have award ceremony for the champions.
What I really like about this skiing activity at home is that it teaches my child that she can create real fun anywhere. It all depends on her imagination and positive attitude.
Important. If you choose to do this skiing activity at home, please supervise your children and pick safe choices for this play.