How to Build the Perfect Snow Fort for Kids

Winter is full swing, and for many of you, the snow banks are piled high.  The holidays are over, school is back in session, and spring seems a million years off.  About now, cabin fever may be setting in.  The kids are tired of playing outside, and you’re tired of the kids playing inside.  This is the time to kick-up the outdoor fun a notch and show your kids how to build the best snow fort on the block.  Show them how to do it right, do it safely, and to do it with some style.  The next thing you know, you’ll be serving hot chocolate in the fort instead of the kitchen!

This simple video, narrated by kids and made for kids, shows you just how easy it is to build a basic snow fort:

NOTE:  It is important to remember to make sure that they maintain the thickness of the ceiling as the video explains, and that they do not make the entrances and tunnels too wide.  Inserting painter’s sticks in the ceiling is an excellent way to make sure that the fort stays strong and won’t collapse.

If they don’t want to build a fort with tunnels and would rather build the fort so that it has an open top, then the JM Cremp’s Snowball and Snow Brick Maker will be their best friend.  Pack the snow in the mold, place the bricks in a staggered formation one on top of the other, remove the mold, and voila! The next thing you know there will be a fort the size of the Alamo in your yard!  If you’re not a kid, you may be asking, “What’s the advantage to an open-topped fort?”  Snowball fights of course!

The Snowball and Brick Maker will make quick work out of fort-building and snowball making.
The Snowball and Brick Maker will make quick work out of fort-building and snowball making.

Whether their fort is small or large, simple or grand, one thing is for certain – they’ll enjoy hours of entertainment and loads of fun.

As always, JM Cremp’s is your ultimate source for adventure toys and gear, outdoor fun, and family activities.  If you don’t already have their catalog, request one today!

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Christmas Break Fun and Games

Christmas break is finally here.  Screen shot 2013-12-24 at 10.06.24 AMWhen all the presents are unwrapped, the cookies are eaten, and the stockings are emptied – what are you going to do?  Don’t worry, we’ve got some great ideas to keep the kids outside and  the parents enjoying Christmas break.

Sled Hill Obstacle Course
Take an empty milk jug or soda bottle and fill it with water.  Add a few drops of food coloring.  You will use this to mark “obstacles” on your sled hill.  When you get to the sled hill, pour some of your colored water in the shape of X’s on the hill in various spots.  Whoever can make it down the hill without hitting one of the obstacles is the winner.

Sled Hill Capture the Flag –
Place a flag on the hill.  Whoever captures the flag on the way down is the winner!

Snow Fort Battle  
Divide into two teams.  Each team will need their own flag.  To start you need to build a snow shelter and a amass a pile of small snow balls.  Put your flag in the middle of your fort.  The goal of the game is to capture the other team’s flag and return it to your team’s fort.

JM Cremp’s has lots of fun toys and gear to complete your outdoor winter adventures.  Our zipfy sleds will get you to the bottom of the hill in record time.   Our snowshoes are perfect for winter treks into the woods with the family.  And for the downhill skiing family, our Kids Beginner Skis & Poles will give the youngest of toddlers the feel of downhill skiing.