Winter Play

Winter Play

30 June 2016

As the cold and rainy season sets in we often think it is best to keep our children inside to prevent them from getting sick. However, health experts have proven that colds and the flu are spread by germs on people and in the air, not by the cold weather outside.

The winter weather should not stop children from having fun exploring the outdoor environment. Outdoor play influences children’s physical, cognitive and emotional development and also encourages appreciation of the natural environment. Children of all ages can enjoy and benefit from playing outdoors as it gives them an  opportunity to practice and master emerging physical motor skills, burn energy and develop a healthy, active lifestyle.

Fresh air is healthy for children and taking children outdoors in winter is completely safe as long as you are prepared and dressed in clothing that is appropriate. As the saying goes— ’there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing!’ Layers of clothing will keep children warm, but you also need to ensure they don’t overheat and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.

In a homebased setting, parents can ensure their child is well prepared for a day of play, exploration, learning and fun by providing warm clothes (and a spare change in their bag) such as a coat, rain jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves. Gumboots make fantastic winter shoes as they are durable, waterproof and will keep feet dry and warm from mud and puddles while children have fun outdoors!