We cannot help but notice that old man Winter is on his way. Temperatures have plummeted until it feels like -16C. The icy winds seem to slice through us as we walk outside. We have had our first snowfall. As we watch the children play, the kindergarten teachers and ECEs stand with their hands deep in their pockets wishing that the time for outdoor play was over. The children, however, feel no such desire. Instead they run around the playground playing with the snow and building castles. Up and down the structures they swarm, their energy warming their bodies. Not one child, I notice, comes to tell us that they want to go inside because they are cold. Instead we tell some to do up their zippers, or to play in the snow with their gloves on. Finally the time has arrived to go inside. Everyone lines up and we move indoors, stamping our feet as we enter the school. The outdoor play does the children good – they have exercised and breathed in fresh air. Now they are ready to continue with their day.
Do you find being outside in the fresh air does you good?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post is linked to Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is: notice)