Outdoor Play in the Cold

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeWe 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?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post is linked to Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is: notice)

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36 thoughts on “Outdoor Play in the Cold

  1. he he he… me? I hate cold weather. But also hot weather too. Spring and Autumn days are fine for me… and can you believe this, I dream to visit Alaska πŸ™‚ This is nia, she is great traveller at her desk, in her world. Thank you dear Colline, amazing writing, I enjoyed. Have a nice day and enjoyable weekend, love, nia

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  2. I love this! As a teacher, myself, I was always just as glad as the kids were to get outside. It’s hard to step out of the warm, but once I did- I was energized for the rest of the day. Enjoy that recess! Great post!

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  3. When I taught, I always made the kids go outside, even if it just meant running one lap around the playground. I think everyone benefits from the change of scenery and bit of sunlight!!

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    1. They certainly do Annie. I can see the difference when we are forced to stay in because the temperatures are too low. Children need the chance to run off their excess energy.

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  4. Be glad you don’t live in New York right now, Colline. They have gotten hammered with snow. I don’t know how they survive. You’d think your neck of the woods would be buried instead. I don’t know how you ‘Northern’ women (implants, or not) stand the COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD. More power to ‘ya!

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  5. Yes, I do. But, I must admit, cold weather makes me long for a fire and hot chocolate rather than lingering out in the bite of winter chill.
    We don’t have the cold weather you are having, but I have seen my kids play for hours until they were nearly frozen. Play is powerful and wonderful. And with material like snow, it is magical.
    I am visiting from FMF.

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  6. I’m having trouble commenting on blogs with custom domain names. Hopefully this will do the trick. You described it all so well that I almost felt like I was there. Being outside always does me good, no matter what the weather. πŸ™‚

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  7. Fresh air is envigorating if it isn’t too too cold. I am enjoying wearing all the knitting I have been doing but I don’t enjoy bitter cold. Glad to hear you escaped the blizzard

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  8. Yes, it’s strange that the younger ones doesn’t feel the cold as we do when we get older Colline. LOL! Good thing though, they need to get rid of all that energy. πŸ˜€

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