It’s that time of year again - children are getting bundled up to play outside. Embrace the cold weather and find something fun and active to do with your little ones like skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing, tobogganing or a family walk. If artistic pursuits are more your idea of fun, use spray bottles with water and food colouring to make an outdoor art gallery, build a snowman or a snow castle!
Tips for playing outdoors in winter:
It’s a good idea for children to wear 2 pairs of socks – one to draw sweat away and the other to keep them warm.
Wearing a hat is key so they don’t lose body heat from their heads, and to keep their ears warm.
Dress children with a pair of ‘long johns’ - cold legs tighten muscles and can cause a strain or sprain.
Layering children's clothing makes it easy to adjust to outdoor temperatures that can fluctuate
Groundhog Day. On February 2, Canadians watch for the groundhog to emerge from its winter burrow to predict how long winter will last - if the groundhog sees his shadow, folklore states that winter will last six more weeks.
St. Patrick Day. March 17th marks Patrick’s Day, a cultural and religious celebration in Ireland, that is now celebrated all over the world and in Canada. It commemorates the patron saint of Ireland with public parades, festivals and the wearing of green shamrocks.
Valentine’s Day. Every February Valentine's Day is celebrated by giving flowers, candy and cards to those we love. We do this in honor of St. Valentine. This could also be a great time to create a house of hearts! Hide a few construction-paper hearts in a defined area (so that children can remain visual the whole time). Have the children find the hearts and award the one who finds the most with a special Valentine-day treat, like a new book.
We would like to wish everyone a safe winter!
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