Alway dip your toes but don't forget the boots.
Noah and Lukas' Guide to Make Hiking Fun - Tip #2
Noah learned this lesson the hard way. We were on a late winter hike, made the mistake of not having him wear his waterproof boots. There was a semi-frozen puddle. What child could resist a puddle? However, this was a lesson he has never forgotten. Always bring a change of clothes, including socks and shoes. If there is a possibility of rain or snow, better to get that waterproof gear on. Proper clothing = comfort = a good time hiking.