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What better way to keep young kids and toddlers busy than with a complicated task? And who doesn't love projects that are low cost and, sometimes, even free? With crafts, you kill two birds with one stone, engaging kids from two to 10 (and sometimes even older) with projects that will have them using their brain, stretching their creative muscles and even working on hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills. For most projects, all you need are household items like construction paper, safety scissors, cotton balls, Q-tips and markers. For the rest, get creative! There's no need to run to the store for specific items during a blizzard. Make it up as you go. My personal favorite for my toddler is DIY snowflakes made from simple construction paper. For specific instructions on some of these crafts, there are great kid-focused websites that offer easy how-to's. Check out babble.com or The All Kids Network for fun lists.
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Think your kids are too young for this outdoor winter activity? Think again. Plenty of ice skating arenas and public plazas carry ice skates in toddler sizes and allow you to use equipment that will help your young ones stay stable and learn the sport quickly. And to top it off, many of these places also have hot chocolate for sale indoors, offering a warm respite from this cold activity. Unsure if it's for you? Give it a half hour and the gumption to try. And take pictures; you'll be glad you gave it a shot.