How to Play in the Snow

You don’t have to be that old to know how to play in the snow. Little ones learn from an early age that the cold, wet and white stuff that falls from the sky is fun. As time goes by we may forget just how fun playing in the snow can be.

Here’s a little reminder of some of the simple yet festive things you can do when Jack Frost does his magic and sends some fluffy snow your way.

One of the simplest ways to play with snow is to stick your tongue out and try to catch snowflakes on it. What a joy the first snowfall of the year brings with the cold crisp nip in the air and the tingly taste of the cool snow as it melts on your tongue and tickles your nose.

How to Play in the Snow
If you want to get your whole body in on the fun you can lie down in the snow and brush your arms up and down above your head while your feet and legs swoosh the snow out and in to form angel patterns on the ground. Making snow angels is a favorite way to play in the snow.

Another great way to enjoy playing in the snow is to build a snowman. Start with a snowball and start rolling. The more snow you have the bigger you can make your snowman. It’s lots of fun to dress him up and even make him a lady friend and family.

Throwing snowballs and building a snow fort or igloo was a must when you had a blizzard and were off from school with your friends. Oh the delight you felt as a kid hearing that it was a Snow Day! You couldn’t get your hat and gloves and boots on fast enough to get out there and frolic in the snow. Relive that feeling with some little ones in your life now.

If you have a good hill nearby sledding is a great way to enjoy a snowy day or evening. Whether it’s a toboggan, sled or saucer, sliding downhill with the wind in your face is exhilarating winter fun.

When you’ve had your fill of the cold you can go inside and have a steamy mug of hot cocoa and warm up by the fire and after your toes thaw you might even go outside and do it all over again.

Winter outdoor activities are always a fun and enjoyment!

How to Build a Snowman

How to Make a Snow Fort

How to Sled Safely

Sledding can be lots of fun and you want to be safe too. Here are some great tips for sledding safety like wearing a helmet, sledding away from trees and traffic and other hazards like thin ice. Also you will want everyone to sled on hills that match their skill and speed level. Be sure to dress warmly so that you avoid frostbite.

I grew up in Michigan so snow is second nature to me. My kids, however, were born in Arizona. When we moved to New York this year and had our first snowfall, they were blown away! They resisted putting on the snowpants and complained all the way outside …. then they got it! Two hours later … I had to drag them in! Hope you love this How to Play in the Snow post . Please share your snowing experiences with us .

All About Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter can be fun too!

Outdoor fun does not have to stop when the weather gets cold and the snows starts falling. On the contrary, Outdoor Winter Activities can be some of the best times spent outdoors..

Keep in mind, there really are no age limit restriction on who can enjoy the great snowy outdoors. But there are some precautions you will want to take no matter what activity you plan on participating in. And please remember if you have young children around, make sure they are warm and comfortable.

Outdoor Fun in the Winter

Let the playing begin!

Outdoor Winter Activities

There are many things you can do to enjoy outdoors in the winter. Activities that are for all ages. Do you remember when you was a kid and the how you couldn’t wait for that first big snowstorm? Hoping that school would be canceled so you could play outside with your friends!

Just because you are now older, doesn’t mean you can’t still play in the snow. No, you can’t skip work. But what about after hours and week-ends? Maybe even during the Holiday.
Below are a wide variety of Outdoor Winter Activities you can enjoy.

Snow Men, Snow Forts and Snow Sculptures

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“Let’s Build a Snow fort!! ” Yells one child while another child hollers, “And have a snowball fight!”

These are sounds you often here and know instantly that winter is upon us. There is something about sticky snow that just brings forth the imagination of children. (and sometimes Adults. lol)
The ability to create something without having an adult tell them to stop is probably one of the driving forces.
The only real tools required are their hands and an imagination. (And sticky snow)

With that said, there are things that can make building a snow fort, snowmen and snow sculptures a lot easier.

Sliding

One of the most popular winter time activities involve a hill, snow and something plastic to sit on. Yup, I’m talking about Sliding.
Sliding has been around for ages and the “sleds” kids and adults use have changed a lot over the years.

All you need to use to participate in sliding is something that will slid along the snow while you are sitting on it. A sheet of plastic under the right snow conditions will work as a slide. Some people have even used old inner tubes and used those. (inflated of course)

Stores have replicated and improved on both of those ideas, The plastic is now thicker and harder. The inflatable sled was inspired from the old vehicle inner tubes.

Downhill Skiing

Two feet, Two long thin boards and a snowy hill!

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A favorite past time during the winter months is Down hill skiing.
There are many ski resorts located within driving distance where ever the winters bring snow.
They have lifts that will carry you to the top of the mountain, where you then proceed to basically, “slide” down the mountain while STANDING up!
Two long pieces of slippery boards are attached to you feet. (One board per foot)

Does it sound like fun to you?
If so, may I suggest you practice on the “bunny” slope first until you you can do the bunny slope without falling down.

Cross country Skiing

Cross country skiing is a lot like down hill skiing, minus the down hill. LOL Actually, the equipment might look the same at a glance, but cross country skis are different then down hill skis.
Cross country skiing is a great way to work both your upper body and your lower body at the same time. The scissor like movement that cross country skiing requires is a great way to keep the weight off while you are waiting for warmer weather.

Snowboarding

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You think down hill skiing is bad? Try strapping both feet to one wide board and throwing yourself down a mountain. Sounds crazy don’t it?
Would you believe that not only are there people that have done it, but they do it again and again.

I guess you can say it has become an official sport, considering it is now part of the Winter Olympics. To think what probably started out as a dare, is now a reason to find someone on the front of the Wheaties Box. lol

Snow shoeing

Intimating a snowshoe rabbit

Have you ever wanted to walk that summer hiking path in the winter, but the snow was waist deep? Well, with a proper pair of Snow shoes you can.
The sport of snow shoeing didn’t start out as a hobby or way of getting exercise. It was actually a necessary means of transportation across deep amounts of snow.

Ice Skating

Standing on 2 blades cutting into the ice

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Another great out door winter activity is Ice skating. When done right, ice skating gives out the ability to move across iced over bodies of water without slipping and falling down. It is also the basic function required in sports like Ice Hockey, and Speed skating.

From the small frozen over fishing hole to the ice rink down the street, Ice skating is enjoyed by all ages.

Ice Fishing

Cutting holes in a perfectly good frozen lake or pond

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Another fun winter activity is Ice Fishing, fishing isn’t just for summer ya know. Actually, some of the fish are best caught and eaten during the winter when the water is cold. The trick is, fish sometimes don’t bite as aggressively in cold water.
Now, since the water is frozen over, you can not fish the same way you do when there is no ice. Luckily, there are specially designed fishing equipment just for ice fishing.

Ice fishing does take more energy then summer time fishing, since you can not just bait your hook and cast away. Nope, you first have to cut a hole in the ice. (how else did you think you was going to get your hook in the water?)

Snowmobiling

Gas powered winter transportation

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Now let us not forget one of the most popular outdoor winter sports of all time, Snowmobiling! Snowmobiles have been around for along time. They help use accomplish many things quicker and easier then without them. Here are just a few examples of what I mean:

Ice fishing, the activity mentioned a little earlier. What if where you wanted to fish was on the other side of the lake from the parking area? How long do you think it would take walking across the lake? Do you think it would be quicker jumping on a snow mobile and going across? Of course it would.

Snowmobiling also allows you to get out into areas of woods where you normally wouldn’t have access or time to. Plus don’t forget about all the fun they are!

Winter Camping

Anyone can camp in the summer

Outdoor camping is not just for warm weather anymore. With the era of Extreme sports and activities where people try to see how far they can push their bodies, come Winter Camping.

It would be understandable to learn how to “camp” over night in sub zero weather in snowy terrain in case you were in a survival situation. But there are people that actually set out into the harsh snowy weather with camping as the main target.

So remember if you do want to try Winter Camping, make sure you go prepared. A good quality tent and equipment, but most importantly warm clothing that is made for the cold environment.

Winter Clothing

No, Winter clothing is not a winter sport or activity. But it is a necessity, unless you want to be terribly uncomfortable or possibly freeze to death.

You want to make sure you do more then just grab a coat,some gloves and a pair of boots. You want to make sure you get clothing that is made with the sole purpose of protecting you from cold weather.

Final Verdicts

Did you enjoy reading my posy about Outdoor Winter Activities?
Let me know what your favorite out door winter time fun is.
Remember, it doesn’t matter how old you are, making a snowman can is FUN Period!

How to Catch Maryland Blue Crabs

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Spend a day on the water catching blue crabs. Here’s exactly how to catch ’em!

I’ve lived in Maryland all my life so, when it come to knowing how to catch Maryland blue crab, I’m the chick to talk to. In the summers of the 1960s, my family had a bay front home on Kent Island, right across from Annapolis. Some of my best memories were being handed a string and a chicken neck and being told to ‘go get some crabs.’ That’s all it took for me and a few friends to spend time on the shoreline, bringing in ‘keeper’ after ‘keeper’ of Maryland blue crabs. By the way, a ‘keeper’ to us Marylanders is a crab that’s the legal size to keep. I personally only keep male crabs, preferring to send the females back to repopulate for my next year’s dinner…

The tips that you’ll find in this article apply to anywhere blue crabs live – that’s mostly up and down the Eastern seacoast. Laws and regulations may change so make sure you’re aware of any state restrictions before you head down to the dock of the bay and cast your line for some blue crabs. To me, there’s almost no better way to spend a few early morning or late evening hours than crabbing.

What is a ‘soft shelled crab?’

Crabs shed their old shells as they grow. Their new shell is larger and is soft for about 3-4 hours after the crab molts. Soft shelled crabs are typically found close to shore where they are safer from predators during the vulnerable time after the blue crab sheds their old shell and before the new crab shell hardens. They are also in a weakened state so very easy to just pick up with a net or even one’s fingers.

Crab nets

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I used to think you could use any kind of fishing net as a crab net but, boy, was I wrong. Those crab claws will break through a regular fishing net in no time flat. You must use a strong polyethylene net, or, even better, a metal crab net, such as the below, when trying to catch your Maryland blue crab dinner.

My favorite Maryland blue crabs catching method
Also the easiest and cheapest: Chicken necks and string!

I realize that my favorite way to catch blue crabs is not the most efficient, but there’s something very satisfying to me to tie a chicken neck to the end of a piece of string, throw it off the dock, and wait for a ‘walker.’ A ‘walker’ is when a crab grabs the chicken neck and tries to take it elsewhere – the string becomes taut and you know you’ve got a crab on there. So, what do you do? You grab your trusty crab net (or, even better, have a friend grab the net) and you s-l-o-w-l-y pull the string back in. It’s important to not jerk the string during this delicate manuever; instead, you must steadily draw the crab back in.

Ostensibly, your friend should be able to dip the net below the crab, swoop up and, when the blue crab releases the bait, voila – you’re on your way to dinner.

Now, netting for crabs this way has a few obstacles:

1. Depending on the time of day, how hungry the crab is, and what the weather is like, blue crabs may release the bait the second they feel the line pull away from them. Just let up on the line – that blue crab will come right back to the chicken neck and you’ll get a second chance to net that crab.

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2. Unless you use a heavy line, the crab can easily cut it with those sharp front claws.

3. You’ll want to get a nice, heavy crab mit for handling blue crabs. Trust me on this, once in the net, there are some crabs who just will not let go – witness the triple play I had in that photo above. Trying to pick them up with your bare hand, even for those of us skilled at this, will get you a nice pinch on your fingers. Ouch!

Crab line
Crab line needs to be strong so that it can withstand the water and those crab claws. Nylon line works best but, in a pinch, I’ve been pretty successful with a ball of thick twine. I actually like colored crab line as it’s even easier to see a walker during the early morning or early evening hours.

A fun video of a crab chasing an elusive chicken leg
This little crab just doesn’t want to give up. I’ve actually seen this kind of action before so I know it can’t be that rare, but it is funny!

If you don’t have your crab calipers…
…Here’s a few handy items that might help you guestimate the size of that crab:

A dollar bill is 6.13 inches long

A soda (or beer….) can is 5″ long

Get the most crabs the fastest way with a trot line.
In order to run a trot line, you need to have a small boat. A trot line is a line of rope (it can be 100+ feet) which is anchored on the ends. Crab bait is anchored to the line every 3 feet or so. The line is attached to some PVC piping on the boat so that, as the boat moves down the line, part of the line is pulled up, ostensibly bringing the crab along with it. Someone on the boat just has to net the crab, put it in a bushel basket and go to the next crab, etc. I’ve personally seen one man come back into the dock with 1.5 bushels of blue crabs in one hour!

A trotline in action on Bush River here in Maryland
This is a nice, light video of a few guys having fun trotlining. I particularly like that one guy measured a little crab and let it go – it was too small.

Crab traps
Crab traps are a bit like cheating to me but, don’t get me wrong, I still use them! A crab trab works by having a bunch of bait added to a metal cage in the middle (and tying it in very very securely). The trap typically has 4 or 6 holes that the crabs will find and enter to get to the bait. There’s even escape holes where crabs under 4″ or so can go through on their own. The ‘keepers’ will be waiting for you when you pick the trap back up.
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These type of crab traps are meant to be ‘soaked’ overnight for the best results. You might easily come down to the dock with your morning coffee, pull up your crab trap and find a few dozen keepers awaiting their invitation to your crab feast dinner!

Beware, that first crab pot below is very expensive but it’s also very heavy duty.

How Summer Camps Improve Kids Physical and Mental Strengths

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Stimulating children to perform activities at an earlier era does significantly more than simply create their physical capabilities. Fighting and enjoying on the group shows children useful abilities in sportsmanship that may be put on every part of their lives. As your children stop, operate and report targets at summer camps, you are able to appreciate comprehending that they’re understanding to be a great activity these five tenants.

Exercise Playing From The Guidelines

Understanding how to enjoy good starts with focusing on how to perform with the sport. At summer camp, every mentor starts by training their players the game’s guidelines. These guidelines are continuously examined to ensure everybody knows what conduct about the area is recognized as from bounds as children start to acquire abilities. There’s usually a grownup managing who are able to give a reminder if somebody does your investment guidelines about the area.

Value for Expert

At summer camp, children lookup for instructors and their camp counselors. However, it’s also very important to train children that each authority-figure deserves value. Whenever a referee makes a phone that seems unjust normally, it is difficult for children to bite their language. Precisely why instructors design polite conduct that assists children learn to take someone else is expert with elegance that’s. Adhering to a mentors coaching for instruction and methods also shows children to check out instructions, even if they might not feel just like it.

Study from Deficits

It is essential in order for them to discover that everybody cannot be successful constantly, although children never prefer to shed. Team-leaders and instructors help to keep their spirits large by telling them the point-of the overall game would be to have some fun and discover whenever a group drops a game title at summer camp. Campers should review what occurred throughout the sport to recognize any modifications that may be created. Understanding how to defeat deficits assists travelers to determine an objective that is higher beyond merely making a prize in most sport that moves.

Enjoy Graciously

The exuberance of earning children should try to learn that extreme party could make another group and a game title is difficult to handle feel terrible. Because of this, summer camp groups develop traditions that market a feeling of wellness following the sport for both groups. For instance, following a sport continues to be performed to provide each person in another group a higher five children prefer to fall into line. Or, they all might collect at the conclusion to perform the camping tune, which encourages unity.

Summer Camps Tech Teamwork

In activities, no participant must actually believe they achieved a gain alone. Actually, protecting the target, moving the basketball and assisting a teammate up following a drop all consider teamwork. Throughout a sport, children should recognize each other’s aid. Informing a pal they did a great work for rating or saying thanks to some teammate an objective shows children that everybody needs to interact to get the sport.

Understanding how to perform nicely with others is just a talent because they advance through life that each kid requirements. Activities at summer camp are made to guarantee every child discovers just how to perform with great sportsmanship. Every child has got the opportunity to emerge of the overall game successful from respecting expert to soothing a buddy following a reduction.

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