We have a fairly small, flat backyard but our kids like to go sledding.
So, we took advantage of the big snow and built ourselves a sledding track (yes I said “ourselves” because I like it too).
I wanted to pile snow up so that we could start on the platform of our play-set, but since I knew that would take a huge amount of snow, we put the picnic table next to the platform. Then we placed an archery target next to the table. You can’t see the target in the pictures, but it is basically a big cube.
Then we piled the snow on to make the starting ramp. I used a big wide shovel to carve out the path of the track, and we piled up snow to make banking turns. You can just pile snow, but it is easier if you have some kind of structure, like the small wall we use for parkour vaults.
Then I sprayed the track down with a hose and let it freeze overnight. (Just make sure you put your hose away and turn off the water so your pipes don’t freeze.) Icing the track makes it faster and makes it hold up better.
After the track froze, I did have to make some modifications. When we originally tested the track, the corners seemed good, but once the track was icy, we went faster and hit some of the corners at the wrong angle. I added some snow going in and out of the turns so that you could make it all the way down the track.
The kids had a ton of fun working on the project and sledding once it was done. They really enjoyed seeing their hard work pay off.
What fun ideas do you have for a snowy day?