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As a person who grew up in the northeast and has lived in Vermont for nearly twenty years, I really should have developed more of a love for winter by now. I’ll keep trying, but make no promises. What I have developed, through raising two second-generation Vermonters, is a “make it fun” attitude.
I know full well the struggle of wrestling a wet noodle-like toddler into snow boots and gear for half an hour, only to have them red-faced and crying within seventeen seconds of being outside. But I also know the joy of a well-earned mug of hot chocolate that comes after a family sledding mission, having exerted enough effort to count as cardio.
And it’s not just sleds that make winter fun. There’s a whole host of snow toys to keep kids (and adults) entertained whether you’ve got a hill nearby or not. And since rallying the troops for some outdoor time is non-negotiable, suit up, channel your inner Scandinavian and resolve to make this the most fun winter yet.
Need help getting started? Get everyone excited for outdoor time this winter with these Vermonter-approved snow toys.
The best snow toys for kids and toddlers
A version of this article was originally published on December 22, 2020. It has been updated.