Favorite Snow Toys for the Under-Five Set?

There are aisles and aisles of sleds, tubes and toys for outdoor winter fun, but which ones are the best fit for young kids who have outgrown infant/toddler sleds but aren't quite ready for X Games gear? I grew up in New Orleans, where the occasional flurry was a big huge deal but we never had enough for sledding. When I went to college in upstate New York we were extremely resourceful, fearlessly zipping down hills on trays liberated from the cafeteria. Now I'm raising kids in Chicago and facing a steep learning curve in search of something fun and safe. Last week we got our first decent accumulation this winter and headed to the park with friends. They brought their Sonic Snow Tube from L.L. Bean and it was an instant hit with my four year old, who loved riding in it as much as he loved hauling his buddy across the park. It's an awesome toy but it is on the spendy side, so I'm looking at other options. So far I haven't found anything that holds a candle to the Sonic Snow Tube in terms of quality, construction and function, so I'm appealing to the Apartment Therapy readers for recommendations.

Between tubes, plastic discs and oblong sleds, what are your preschoolers' favorites?

(Image: Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph)

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