Given how challenging 2020 has been for all of us it feels especially important to take a moment and say, “Thank You!”
Thank you, to an early learning community that stepped up and provided support to families during these difficult times. Thank you, to the educators who put themselves at risk to ensure our children were in safe environments with people who truly cared about them. We are so immensely proud of all of you and to be part of this amazing community.
The start of each new year provides us with time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the future. It holds a promise of new opportunities and the possibility to change our lives for the better. Today, it feels especially important to express our hopes and dreams for better days ahead.
We look forward to hearing from you, supporting you and working together to make 2021 a better year for everyone.
Outdoor Winter Play
By: Traudi Kelm
Research shows that the simple act of playing outdoors offers many developmental and health benefits to children. For as long as I can remember outdoor winter play has been blamed for colds and the flu. Untrue, viruses that are spread by other human beings that cause colds, Covid, and the flu are mostly found indoors where the air, bacteria, and other germs are simply recycled.
While going outside unprepared for the elements is unwise, with the right preparation there is nothing better on a bright sunny winter day than spending time outside. The cooler weather and snowy days open-up many opportunities to play, create, build, explore, and make fond memories. Afterall living in Canada we have winter for more than half of the year, why not make the best of it.
Just imagine … A beautify winter day, big fluffy snowflakes, the ground is covered, and the children are eager to get outside. My favorite kind of day. What about a foggy day, what games can you play in the fog?
Sadly, it has been my experience that these are the days that some adults prefer that the children stay indoors. They might get sick, you don’t like the extra effort it takes to get the children dressed, “I get it, have a plan”, some don’t have appropriate winter clothing, in fact you didn’t bring appropriate clothing. Why? because you don’t want to go outside.
Remember, children will not get sick from breathing in cool fresh air, there is no bad weather just bad clothing choices.
Outdoor play looks much different in the winter. Invite the children to discover the wonders of winter has to offer. Definitely my happy place.
Suit up, get outside, play, and enjoy!
For more information on outdoor play contact us to book Creatives “Outdoor Play” workshop