Four Family-Oriented Winter Safety Tips!

Four Family-Oriented Winter Safety Tips!

A shiver races up my spine whenever I receive a mindful masterpiece from a child.

Can you imagine what happened when two mindful masterpieces arrived in my inbox?

I shivered from head-to-toe—and who wouldn’t? Especially after I cast my gaze on seven-year-old Isaac’s Snowball Fight and Snow Plow creations.

Isaac's Snowball Fight

Isaac’s Snowball Fight

Look, everyone! Santa’s flying above Isaac’s snowman and his snow fort! He’s nodding his approval.

When asked about his inspiration, Isaac said, “I saw two kids having a snowball fight.”

Isaac's Snow Plow

Isaac’s Snow Plow

Mr. Snowman, watch out! Isaac’s headed your way. He’s driving full speed ahead. Just look at the smoke billowing out of that stack!

Isaac said, “We were driving on a mountain last week while it was snowing hard, and we saw a snow plow.”

Now, parents and grandparents, before those kiddie’s head outdoors, follow four simple family-oriented winter safety tips, and in no time, you’ll be having a blast throwing snowballs, building a fort, and creating snow angels.

  • Fill up your kids’ bellies. They’ll need those extra calories to keep warm.
  • Slap on layers of clothing—long underwear, an undershirt, a sweater, heavy socks, a hat, a snowsuit, and of course, boots. You don’t want those toes to fall off.
  • Add sunscreen to your kids’ faces. Snow reflects up to 85% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • To prevent frostbite, check on your kids often to ensure their mittens are dry and their noses don’t look like Rudolph’s.

Kids, did you have fun?

Great! Now you might be interested in making this paper tube snowman while you sip on a cup of delicious hot-chocolate. Don’t forget to toss in some marshmallows. Yum, yum! 🙂

Paper Tube Snowman

Paper Tube Snowman

Can you guess what item was used to make this snowman?

If you guessed an empty toilet paper roll, you guessed correctly.

The easy-to-complete instructions are available for FREE by clicking through to Craft Ideas.

Isaac hails from Korea and is Tina M. Cho’s son. Thank you so much, Isaac, for sending in your mindful masterpieces. Don’t forget to click through to see both pieces showcased on my Mindful Masterpieces page. And Mom Tina, I sure hope you’ve framed his artwork!

I’d love to showcase your child’s mindful masterpiece on my blog too. So send in those pictures in JPEG format to me, Miss. Tracy. Don’t forget to include your child’s first name, age, where you live, the supplies they’ve used, and a sentence or two about what inspired their creation.

Miss. Tracy

Will you be making a snow fort or having a snowball fight with your child or grandchild?

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Click on this sentence to read about additional Mindful Masterpieces.

The paper tube snowman image is courtesy of Craft Ideas. And a big thank you goes to Vivian Kirkfield over at Positive Parental Participation for directing my attention to this wonderful site.

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 Were you wondering why my post arrived later than usual?

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40 Responses

  1. I love your post, Tracy! What a fabulous idea. I love the children’s artwork and your commentary, the tips and the craft idea. A delightful, sweet and well put together post. Nice work! If I were a parent where snow fell, I’d jump all over those tips and ideas 🙂
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    • I’ll trade you places. I’m dying for more sunshine and peeling off three layers of clothing. Oh, and thanks so much for another blog award. I’m going to have to another post sooner with all the awards I’m getting. 🙂
      And thanks for stopping by Virginia’s blog.

    • Isn’t Isaac’s artwork fantastic. You don’t know how great I feel when I see kids creating mindful masterpieces. And thank you for stopping in at Virginia’s wonderful blog. 🙂

  2. What a fantastic post, Tracy! I love the children’s art…what a wonderful idea to encourage kids to send in their artwork to you. And I love the craft…perfect use of an empty toilet paper roll…they are so versatile, aren’t they. Glad the site I listed has been helpful.:)
    The third awesome part of your post….the winter safety tips…I can’t believe I didn’t do that yet…thanks for reminding me…your tips were spot-on!!!!
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    • Well, thanks to you, Vivian, I wouldn’t have found such a fun kid’s craft. I’m thrilled you liked my post and for stopping by Virginia’s super blog. 🙂

    • Isaac sure is! “Locked in the Mall?” I’ll be over to check your post out soon. You come up with the most intriguing posts. Thanks for popping in! 🙂

  3. Give the average adult a crayon and a piece of paper and we’d probably write a to-do list or something…….give the same to a child and an entire universe unfolds. We really need to stop growing up….it is over-rated……thanks Tracy

  4. Tracy, where in the world is the “like” button? I never seem to find it in here!

    Those “masterpieces” are adorable!!! You’re surrounded by sweetness all around… 🙂
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    • Hee hee, Inez, it’s the tiny thumbs-up just below the last sentence in the post. It’s so small because you have to leave a comment and I’m so glad you did. I’m surrounded by sweetness because of all the followers I have whether they comment or not. 🙂

  5. What a surprise, Tracy, to see Isaac’s artwork up today!! I showed it to him. Thanks for all the great compliments for him. Very fun encouragement for kids!

    • Tina, I’m glad you were surprised! It was my pleasure to showcase his mindful masterpieces. I’ve also added them to that page and they’ll stay there forever. 🙂

    • Hi Amy,
      Thanks for checking out my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you’ll become a faithful follower.
      Thanks,
      Tracy
      P.S. Your blog is delightful too!

  6. Tracy, Isaac’s drawings are fabulous! I am sure you inspire him. As for your comments about literary agents, you are doing the right thing by strengthening your online platform. Literary agents (and, obviously, traditional publishers) want to see that their authors are already marketing themselves. I’ll be happy to help you with any questions on writing queries to agents!
    Diana
    PS. Love your handmade snowman!
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    • Hi Diana,
      Isaac’s mom said he was pleased which makes me happy.
      Thanks so much for your encouragement regarding my agent questions and for your offer to help.
      Very sweet of you.
      Thanks! 🙂

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