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17 Feb, 2010


Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy

I volunteered to help supervise a class field trip to the Gatineaus yesterday. The goal: snowshoeing.

Many pairs of snowshoes

And like every field trip, there was a little learning thrown in there too.

We learned about animals and how they dealt with winter. To summarize: they either sleep it away, tolerate it, or run away a.k.a. migrate.

We didn’t see many animals, but we knew they were there:

Beaver tree

Almost all of the kids embraced this outing with glee. A few were sulky and tired. Others behaved as if they’d escaped from the zoo, or had 20 cups of coffee.

Heh. Did you know that I happen to be one of those loud parents who has no problem asking other people’s kids to buck up/be quiet/STOP THAT? :)

Overall, the little people did pretty well on their snowshoes … given their inherent awkwardness (the snowshoes, not the kids).

Sarah on snowshoes

I, however, put mine on backwards.

Methinks it’s time to invest in our own. But first, we need to get more snow!

p.s. There are two great giveaways going on this week: here and here!


Wolf kisses

9 Responses to "Snowshoes"

1 | Rémi

February 17th, 2010 at 10:16 am


Thought that wolf was real for a second.

2 | andrea

February 17th, 2010 at 11:53 am


He used to be real, at some point! :)

3 | Finola

February 17th, 2010 at 12:34 pm


What a great idea for a field trip. It’s something that pretty much everyone can do, awkwardly, but equivalently, if that makes any sense.
I think it’s great that you can tell other people’s kids how to get a move on. I’m a bit afraid of other people’s children, and so I doubt very much that I will be volunteering for any field trips. By the way, is it odd that my daughter has had 0 field trips and she is in grade 2?

4 | andrea

February 17th, 2010 at 12:39 pm


Finola : depends on the school I guess! Our school has 5 or 6 every year. Field trips are pricey nowadays … with the rising cost of fuel they tend to be around $10 each.

5 | Kaitlin

February 17th, 2010 at 2:38 pm


Part of the issue with field trips may very well be the trouble of finding volunteers. Some of it is up to the school as well. I remember having lots of field trips when I was younger, but after a new principal was hired, they decreased as the school’s budget was redirected.

The snowshoeing looks like a lot of fun!

6 | Nadine C.

February 18th, 2010 at 12:41 pm


My daughter’s class is going on that same field trip very soon . I usually accompany them on their outings but cannot make it this time(last minute thing…) . Thanks for the tip about how to put on the snowshoes ! I will make sure to remind her NOT to put them on backwards! Her entire class is so into field trips and judging by your pictures I know these kids will have a blast!
Oh and the wolfe really does look real!

7 | Shannon

February 18th, 2010 at 11:07 pm


Snowshoes sure have come a long way since I used them back in high school!!

8 | Mommy X

February 21st, 2010 at 5:23 pm


What a fabulous field trip and beautiful pics! I’ll have to suggest this one for our school…everyone can participate!!
Love that~

9 | destiny

March 4th, 2010 at 3:31 pm





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