Tips for Playing Outside in Winter
The arrival of colder weather doesn’t mean children should be kept inside all
day. There are several health benefits to outdoor play in the winter. For instance, the Vitamin D children receive from exposure to the sun is essential to their growth and can have a large effect on their mood. According to the California Childcare Health Program, while outdoor activity is recommended, it is still important to pay attention to the temperature, the wind chill factor and how children are dressed. Once you know the temperature and wind chill factor, check the Child Care Weather Watch chart, which will help you determine whether outdoor play is safe.
The chart can be found at https://ncrlap.org/Resources/.
1. Set time limits and come inside periodically to warm up.
2. Watch out for common warning signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
3. Dress children in multiple loose layers so they stay dry and warm.
4. Rule of Thumb: Dress children in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
5. Check surroundings beforehand to see if there are any icy or slippery patches.
(Provided by The American Academy of Pediatrics)