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Tips for Outdoor Play During Winter Months

The autumn season may have officially kicked off over a month ago, but Kentuckians are just now feeling the effects of the colder weather months to come.  Due to the current pandemic and resulting isolation, it’s now more important than ever to build in family time outside with your kiddos to foster learning, burn off energy, and build connections. 

As the weather gets colder, however, you will want to ensure your family is protected from the elements.  Follow these guidelines to keep your family safe while playing outside in the cold:

  • Layer it up! Keep the body warm by dressing in layers. Be sure to cover extremities with insulated mittens, hats, socks and scarves.
  • Bring extra clothes. When playing in the snow, kids’ clothes may become wet, making it harder for them to stay warm. Be prepared by bringing extra clothes for them to change into in case this happens.
  • Watch for signs of getting chilled. Pay attention to your kids for signs of chill, such as shivering and discoloration in hands, feet, or ears. These may indicate that you need to head inside.
  • Take breaks. Take breaks inside often to allow the body’s temperature time to regulate.
  • Have fun! Don’t let the cold weather keep you and your family from getting essential outside-time. Proper preparation is all it takes to continue your favorite outdoor activities well into the winter months.