With its short, cold days, winter seems like a season best spent indoors. But there's no need to stay cooped up when there's an outdoor fantasyland ready to be explored. Bundle up the whole family, and head for the nearest forest or city park for a snowy treasure hunt. The bounty? Animal tracks, birds, plants, and so much more.
Although some birds and animals leave for warmer climates and many plants struggle or go dormant in the cold, there is still plenty to see. Follow a set of paw prints and see where they lead; snow provides a perfect canvas for the tracks of animals. Be sure to look for birds -- certain species, such as cardinals, stick around through the coldest months. Or study a tree's bare branches for clues about how it manages to survive the harsh season.
To get the most out of the day, it's necessary for both parents and kids to prepare properly for the cold. Everyone should dress warmly but comfortably; clothing that makes it difficult to move can turn a joyousRead More »from The Secret to Thriving (Not Just Surviving) in Cold Weather