I love this piece about winter play, written by Marlene Power, Executive Director of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada (www.childnature.ca).
One of the things I appreciate most about my son’s daycare is that the kids play outside every single day, no matter what the weather. On rainy days, my son comes home a bit wet and muddy, but those days are often the most fun! On family days, we try to get outside as much as we can. The beach is always exciting on wild west coast days! Whether you live in a city or a rural area, winter offers lots of great opportunities to get outside and have adventures.
“As caregivers, we can help children make these decisions and problem solve, but we must first open the door to outdoor play and give them the opportunity to navigate this wintry terrain. In doing so, children don’t just learn about the climate and nature, they don’t ‘just play’, they also begin to learn about themselves and they begin to see themselves as a part of the natural world.”