Sunday, January 9, 2011

Jump Into the Swimming Pool this Winter!

Who said outdoor swimming pools were just for use in the summer time? I know that up until this year, we only used our pool outside in the summer.

After a great workshop from Dan Hodgins, I learned that you can use swimming pools outside in the winter too:

They make great winter sleds!

Their size gives children a great opportunity to work together.

We are still in the "testing" phase with this wonderful idea! So far, we have learned that the pools work best when the trail is made from really compact snow. The pool does not slide as fast as some of our other sleds.

Our "butt" slide is much steeper than the hill we sled on at the park, and the pool works much better on the "butt" slide.

Have you ever used a pool as a sled? If so, we'd love to hear your recommendations as we continue to test and perfect our pool sledding technique :).


Unknown said...

Oh man, you guys are having way to much fun in that snow of yours :)

Scott said...

Now that looks like a lot of fun!

Amy A @ Child Central Station said...

Yes, we have been having quite a bit of fun in the snow.... But, we have to! We have snow for many months out of the year :). (Sometimes as early as October, and sometimes into April!) It has even snowed in June before....... Not regularly, but stranger things have happened ;). Sledding is always a big hit! The swimming pool idea was genius from Dan Hodgins. If you have not had the opportunity to hear him speak and he happens to be in your neck of the woods- GO! He is a dynamic speaker with all kinds of experiences and knowledge to share.

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