I can easily understand why snow fascinates you! Many, many children all around the world feel the same way about snow. Grownups like snow, too. Particularly when they enjoy doing winter sports or walking through a snowy-white winter landscape. But there are times when the grownups groan when it snows, like when they have to drive the car on slippery, snowy roads. Still, you wanted to know why it is so cold in the winter. That has to do with how the Earth is tilted. In summer, the Northern Hemisphere tilts towards the sun, and in the winter, it tilts away from the sun. That means that we are further away from the sun in winter, so it gets cold. You will learn more about exactly how that works in school. But I can tell you something else that is really interesting. Here in Hong Kong, where HABA Asia has its office, it’s also winter in January, but it never gets cold and the children here have never seen snow. In Hong Kong, the climate is damp and tropical and the temperature stays around 25 degrees all year round. We can walk outside in t-shirts all the time, even in winter! It’s not only like that here, but also in other countries on other continents. The Earth has many, very different climate zones. If you look at a globe or map of the world at home, you can see how the Equator circles around the center of the Earth. The area around the Equator is the warmest in the world, and the farther away you live from the Equator, the colder it gets. All the way up or down to the Arctic or Antarctic, the coldest places on the planet. That is something else you will discover much, much more about in school.
The seasons and how they change is something very beautiful, because Nature looks very different each season. Our Puzzles The Seasons lets you discover summer, spring, fall and winter again and again, any time of the year. It’s always fun, no matter what the weather. Since you love the snow and being outside, you would have loads of fund with HABA’s Bricklayer set. In the winter, when it snows, you can build a fantastic igloo…and in summer an excellent sand castle!
Whether you play indoors or outside, I wish you a beautiful winter. Enjoy it, Mail, it only comes around once a year!