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We may reside in Florida, where the weather tends to want to not participate with the rest of the states, as temperature drops at fast rates starting in early Autumn. However, we know how to make sure that even while traveling out of state to the cooler weather and staying in our home town, to keep active!
In this day and age, it seems like a constant battle to keep active as an adult, let alone a child, with all the technology surrounding us. When daylight savings time kicks in, it becomes even harder to get that extra outdoor activity time. Voice of Play wants parents to realize that there are many benefits to keeping active year round, including when the thermostat starts to drop!
I encourage you to read the Science of Play, it will lead to a better understanding of the many characteristics of play! In Florida, we toss on a hoodie or jacket as soon as the temperature drops below 65°, but we were in for a big shock when we got out of our vehicle in Ohio for our most recent trip. HELLOOOOOO 38°! Something my son may not have ever felt for longer than a brief moment when we get cold weather here. We decided after a 15 hour car ride to get out and stretch our legs, so we did it the best way we knew out, PLAY!!
We grabbed our jackets from the trunk, and headed straight for the playground. That was the first mistake, the cooler weather made it wet, and sliding in to frigid water wasn’t ideal. So we decided to climb the Miamisburg Mound. Nothing better to refresh yourself than a long climb up, wind whipping your face, and realizing you still have to go back down!
Even though we were limited to travel time a few ways we incorporated outdoor play, to make sure we got rejuvenated was to stop and walk around, jump on any playground we saw, and of course walking around decorated areas as much as possible. If we would be so lucky to visit again when there is snow, we would surely work off our energy by having snow ball fights, building a snowman, and sledding. I can’t wait for my son to be able to experience those things! When traveling, even more so on road trips, take time to pull over and play a game of tag, stretch the legs, or even put a ball and glove in the car to play a round of catch! They have rest stops along the way, your body will thank you for taking the time to move!
As we spend our time in warm weather, we are lucky enough that we can get outside a bit more often without the chill. Our son is learning to ride his new bike, we race, play Simon Says, Take walks with the dogs, go to local playgrounds, and when the weather drops just a bit too much and it is wet we are always able to still encourage play by hitting an indoor play area so he can run, jump, crawl, and have fun.
Something big that I notice year round, while keeping my son active, is that his appetite stays with healthier choices and he certainly sleeps better.
Even 30 minutes a day of outdoor activity is better than nothing, so if it’s freezing, get creative! Build the snowman, take paint outside and paint the snow, and make memories. If your kids see you keeping active, they will join right in!
My son’s daycare teacher, makes outdoor play a priority! They get to play outside at least twice a day as long as it is not too cold or raining. On those grim days that they get trapped inside, they still dance, work out, and stay active! Children that get outdoor play, tend to listen better, participate more, and stay on a better schedule. Keeping active is an all around healthy way to improve the overall attitude of children as well! Nothing makes me happier than an exhausted, well behaved three year old 😉
Find out more fun ways to keep active and check out IPEMA’S Voice of Play website.
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.