It’s almost mitten season! The temperature is dropping, it’s wet, frost is in the air or on your car, the leaves have fallen to the ground and your kids just want to stay inside to play. The thought of putting on a sweater, mittens and maybe just maybe even a hat isn’t appealing because there is no white stuff on the ground to play with. Read on – this is how to get your kids outside in November!
We all still need fresh air. It’s good for our lungs, our mind, our body. It can be hard leaving the warmth of your house to go play outside with your children. The best way to get your kids outside is to go with them (role model), even for 30 minutes.
Three quick tips to get your kids outside:
- Dress them in layers: no one wants to wear bulky jackets just yet. Once you start moving around they will get warm and can take a layer off as they need to.
- Be prepared to get wet and dirty: don’t wear your favourite clothing.
- Clean up the yard together. Who doesn’t want to jump in a leaf pile?
Activities to try….together:
- Create a family Scavenger Hunt.
- Collect a few paint chip cards, take them outside try to find the colours in nature and then make an art collage.
- Do a cookout lunch. Build a fire and learn how to make orange brownies, banana boats and hot cocoa over the fire. Bring other food to eat while these special treats bake.
- Photo shoot! Grab your camera and head to your family’s favourite summer spot (beach, trails etc) and take some family/individual photo’s. Try this each season to see how different the place looks.
- Night hike! Dress the kids up warm and head out when it’s DARK! There is so much to explore at night, especially when there is a full moon.
Don’t be afraid of the cold weather, if your children see that you don’t like it they will have a harder time enjoying it too. If you and your children are prepared for the weather there is lots of fun to have.