This is the season of snow for us in Chicago and with it, comes an invitation to explore. Our daughter loved cutting strips of recycled printer paper into “snow” and letting a piece of contact paper – taped sticky side up to the table – catch the flakes as they fell. Tempting as it is to only admire pretend snow through a window, it is so important for young children to play outside too! We don’t have a yard but we take to the city’s sidewalks & parks armed with ladles for scooping or sleds for sliding or carrot noses for decorating. The bundling often takes longer than the play but rosy cheeks and big smiles make it worthwhile!