Getting Winter Ready- Tips For Outdoor Play
We are all aware of the vital role outdoor play has in children’s development. It provides children with learning opportunities where they can explore natural resources such as mud, grass, and sticks. This exploration has been shown to promote high levels of attention, emotional regulation, and well-being. There may also be additional opportunities to engage in sensory play with natural resources, which we may not be able to replicate in an indoor environment. The opportunities for risky and creative play are only limited by the imagination.
Top Tips For Being Outdoor Ready in Ireland- Clothing
- As temperatures can be variable, we should consider light layers, thus ensuring the child does not overheat or get cold. A base layer – such as wool or a moisture wicking fabric is appropriate, cotton is not ideal as it absorbs moisture. Fleeces are ideal for the next layer as they are perfect for providing warmth.
- Mittens/gloves, again waterproof, so children can explore. A cotton glove once wet will become cold on a child’s hand and inhibit play.
- Welly boots – fleece lined will provide warmth. Alternatively, an additional heavy sock layer may be used.
- Always consider the opportunities for movement in clothing; ensuring clothing is not too bulky and does not inhibit play.