EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Kate’s Corner: Get Out!

Posted on: January 19, 2010

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Get outside – now! Seize the moment. Children love the outdoors. They have this magical quality that allows them to ignore the snow caked in their mittens and the fact that they can no longer maneuver in snow drifts as big as they are! Hearing squeals and squawking under full faced superhero masks makes me laugh and watching preschoolers “swim” down snow hills make me shiver.

Oh, Western New York… Are you prepared to Get Out?!

Some Simple Steps:

  1. Organize full winter gear to play outside in cold weather: boots, heavy socks, warm pants, snow pants, sweatshirts, snow jackets, a hat that stays on, gloves or mittens that stay on and a scarf that can be tucked into a jacket. This is for both of you.
  2. Take your snow bunny to the potty! (But take notice: just because you have spent time in the potty is no guarantee that as soon as you step foot outside in the full gear above, your favorite winter playmate won’t tell you they need to “go” again – right now).
  3. Bundle up! It is so important to keep your child as warm as possible and protected from the elements.
  4. Go out! Catch snowflakes on your tongue, run into snow drifts! Smile and nod “ok!” when your child tells you they have to go potty.
  5. Repeat Step 2
  6. Repeat Step 3
  7. Go out! Throw snowballs at trees, chase each other up and down snow piles!  When your child tell s you they have to go potty don’t say anything — just smile and lead her inside.
  8. Repeat Step 2
  9. Repeat Step3
  10. Go out! Throw snowballs at trees, chase each other up and down snow piles!
  11. Repeat step 2
  12. Repeat step 3
  13. Go out! Make a snowman, sing “Frosty the Snowman”, slide on a saucer! Bring out some dump trucks and/or buckets to play with.  Keep smiling when your child tells you they have to go to the potty.
  14. Repeat Step 2
  15. Repeat Step3
  16. Stay In! Check on your snow angels and Frosty from the window with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Get cozy in your pajamas and settle in your nice warm home. You will both need a nap after playing in the snow!

Have fun this winter – indoors and out!

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director


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