Snowball maker

THE SITUATION: Getting little (and big) kids outside in the cold can be a real challenge. But studies show that a trek outdoors, even when it’s chilly, can have a range of benefits from increased health to busting the winter blues. It’s also a great way to let off some steam.

A SOLUTION: Rather than dread a snowfall, use it as an opportunity for exercise with Wham-O’s Snowball Maker. Part of the manufacturer’s Arctic Force line of snow toys that will bring out the child in everyone, the Snowball Maker allows users to pack three snowballs at the same time — making it the perfect tool for an epic snow fight that’s sure to burn some calories.

THE DETAILS: It’s made from a durable plastic that will last through many winters and won’t rust like similar metal products. It’s hinged for maximum packing capacity and easy enough for small children to handle. Size is also compact at 7.48 by 4.23 by 2.7 inches, so you can store it in the garage or mudroom without a struggle.

PRICE: $9.99 (may vary depending on retailer).

AVAILABILITY: amazon.com and other online and in-store retailers.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, Tribune News Service