Cold weather is the surest thing to send your kids indoors. Which is great until they’ve been inside watching TV for two days straight and everyone is going crazy. Then it’s time to get your kids back outside. Outdoor play is crucial for kids. When kids play outside, they get more exercise, fresh air, essential Vitamin D, and new learning experiences. The cold doesn’t have to kill all outdoor play. You just need to reimagine the way your kids play outside. With a few easy tips, you can have your kids excited to play outside again, even in the cold.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just send your kids outside to play in the snow for hours on end? Realistically, you should plan on your kids coming in every hour or so to warm up. Once it gets dark temperatures will drop, so encourage kids to come in after the sun sets. Keep your kids inside if the temperatures fall below 13°F. These low temperatures can lead to frostbite. It’s also a good idea to bring kids inside if they are shivering, tired, or seem confused.
Your kids don’t have to give up their favorite outdoor activities just because it's cold. Let them blow bubbles and see how they act different in the cold. Take a family hike (with snow shoes if you have to). Go on a nature walk and look for birds. Pull out the dump trucks and sand toys from the sand box and use them in the snow. Even favorite (waterproof) toys can be reused in the snow.
Getting your kids to play outdoors during colder weather isn’t impossible. Your kids will learn to love the winter if you encourage them to love playing outdoors in the cold and the snow. They’ll love it even more if you join them outside for the fun. It’s good for them to be active, breathe fresh air, and soak up Vitamin D in the short sunshine hours.