«I don’t feel like taking the kids out today, it’s cold!»”
«They can play indoors rather than going to the park, that way they won’t get sick!»
«What if they catch a cold?»
How many times have you said all this? How often have you made your kids stay indoors thinking that they wouldn’t get sick that way?
Unlike what most people think, playing outdoors in winter is good for your kids.
Each season has so many different experiences to offer, that you should allow your kids to enjoy, despite the cold.
Cold winter temperatures won’t stop your children exploring! Quite the opposite!
Playing outdoors helps children to develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and imaginatively.
Outdoor play stimulates intellectual, physical, social and emotional skills far more than playing in a confined space.
In other words, playing outdoors keeps your children healthy.
Observing the elementsof nature and their effects on the body(red cheeks or cold hands) will encourage your children to ask questions helping them to develop exploratory and critical skills that are so important for their growth and development.
Children need to spend at least a couple of hours a day outdoors, even when it is cold.
Because playing outdoors is very good for their health, in so many different ways. When skin is exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D, that helps the body absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones.
So let’s not keep our children indoors thinking that we are protecting them because letting them play outdoors even in winter is fundamentally important for their well-being.
Playing outdoors will give your kids a healthy appetite, relieves stress and helps them sleep better at night.Priscilla (Family Welcome)