Fall is here and that only means one thing: winter and the snow are right around the corner. It may seem easier to stay inside on the couch, but we’re here to tell you that the cold weather shouldn’t hold you back from going outside to play.
Play shouldn’t always be seen as a silly, optional activity, but rather an essential tool in a child’s development. Research shows that outdoor free play gives kids many valuable benefits, including the development of physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills.
IPEMA and the Voice of Play teamed up with a community of bloggers, to help spread this message during the start of the fall season. The Voice of Play asked bloggers to share what they and their children do to enjoy time outside during the colder months. Do they visit the playground? Do they visit the local pumpkin patch every year? The purpose of the blogs, regardless of the activity, was to encourage other families to enjoy fall and winter outside in a similar way.
Check out this excerpt from Cow Country Housewife:
“Here’s the best way I can think to explain this to people: take the bounciest super ball you have, put it in a shoe box, and shake like crazy. That’s how my kids are when they’re trapped inside all winter.
It’s SO important for kids to get outside and play. So it’s just as important that they’re stocked up on warm clothes, shoes and outerwear. Once your little ones are dressed up in their gear, go to the playground with them.
Or you can go on a walk with them. I made a fall scavenger hunt list I keep in my car and bring with me when we go out. Staying engaged for my boys is super important.”
How do you prioritize play in the fall and winter? For more stories from our bloggers, check out the hashtag #YearRoundPlay on Facebook and Twitter.