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Guest Post by Christina Johnson

Cold winter days are a great time for families to get together and have a fun time. Although winter lengths may vary, Jack Frost and Old Man Winter have supplied many ways for families to enjoy themselves and make memories that will last forever. The camera batteries should be charged and a new memory stick installed so all of winter’s moments can be captured and enjoyed for years to come.

Play in the Snow
Children love snow and enjoy building snowmen. Families can grab old hats and clothes from the attic and make a snowman family. The dog chasing sleds up and down hills will make a child smile. Giving wings to a snow angel and hiding in a snow fort makes picture possibilities unending.

Ice Skating
Nothing says winter better than a family ice skating. Mom and dad can call the local malls and city parks to discover ice skating hours for families. A camera can capture the right moment for creative photo gifts.

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Family Board Games
When the wind is howling and the snow drifts up, that’s a winter hint to pull the board games from the shelf. Board games come in a variety of themes. Some board games will teach children how to play and understand rules. Other board games are educational and teach children how to spell or learn about history. When mom lands on Boardwalk, that’s the time to give children the camera to capture a winter moment.

Arts and Crafts
Construction paper, crayons, safety scissors and glue sticks can occupy the entire family on a winter afternoon. Add feathers, pom-poms, sequins and rhinestones and a young lady can be queen for a day.  A knight in shining armor can rescue a princess in distress. Capture these moments in pictures for grandparents to enjoy and treasure.
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Cooking Together
The kitchen is a wonderful place on a cold winter morning.  Mom can get the oven going to prepare delicious treats and meals for the coming day. Trying out new recipes is a fun way to start the day. Old standbys like cupcakes and cookies will draw the entire family into the kitchen.  

Older children can measure ingredients and pour them into a bowl. Adding chocolate chips and mixing the cookie batter is a great job for younger children.  The youngest child can join in with a plastic bowl and wooden spoon to bang on the floor.  Sprinkling nuts on top of the cupcake frosting develops coordination. Measuring ingredients teaches children fractions.  A dab of frosting on a nose makes a fun picture to remember, so keep the camera ready.

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Grooming and Teaching Pets
A long winter day is a good time to groom the pets. It’s also a  time to teach pets a trick or two. Brushing the dog or cat teaches children how to care for pets. Children learn about interacting with the dog by teaching tricks. Cats, for example, love chasing balls of paper. Dogs can be taught to roll over, sit and lay down. Pictures of children and pets are fantastic scenes to paste in photo albums. It’s a memory everyone will cherish for years.

The camera is an important tool to capture winter moments.  Children may forget how the family had played and enjoyed these times. Over a cup of hot chocolate and a bowl of popcorn, children looking at winter photos will smile and remember all the fun the family had together when they were younger. 

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Christina Johnson works remotely for Elliman Prudential in the New York City apartment market.  She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career.  Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews.  Her favorite winter activity is sledding and making hot chocolate!