A Breath of Fresh Air

This past Thanksgiving, my granddaughter went over to the sliding glass window, smiled at me and pointed outside. The next thing I knew she was holding my hand and we were heading outdoors.

She did this several times throughout the day, and we’d always go out for 15 or 30 minutes at a time. At first I felt that I was going outside “for her,” but after awhile I realized I was going outside for me, too. The fresh air was a welcome relief! Together we explored: collecting sticks, watching our scarves blow in the breeze, climbing, running and just enjoying each other’s company. We had more time to talk – and listen! – to each other once we were outside.

Outdoor play is often abbreviated during the colder months, but it doesn’t have to be. Playing outdoors supports all aspects of a child’s development, helps prevent obesity and reduces the spread of illness. Not to mention it feels good just to get out of a stuffy classroom! If you and the children are properly dressed for it, take the fun outside. Blow bubbles, play with hula hoops, have a winter-themed parade with noisemakers or enjoy some dramatic play out of doors by doing a little “yard work.” We’ve written before that there’s no perfect temperature for outdoor play, and it’s true. Head outside! The fresh air will do everyone good.