Keeping Children Active in the Winter

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Keeping Children Active in the Winter

Keeping Children Active in the Winter | LA County Special Education

The generally mild California weather usually helps parents get their children outside during much of the winter months despite the increased coolness in the air. Most days are still mild enough for outdoor play. Even when rain or suddenly cold temperatures keep your children indoors, these tips still give you plenty of ideas for helping your children stay busy and physically active.

Staying Active During Winter Months

Sending your children outdoors to play is probably the easiest way to get them moving. Here they will have as much space as they need. Plus, they can be noisy and boisterous in ways that would never be allowed indoors. Some fun outdoor activities could include biking, going to a park, walking around the neighborhood or around a school track, walking the dog, and playing catch.

However, you do not have to settle for a game of indolent video gaming if inclement weather is predicted. There are many ways to keep your kids moving indoors, such as with certain competitive video games, exercise machines, and creative games. If your town has a community center, you can also opt for free swim time, indoor basketball or soccer, and competitive sports. Even cleaning the house or turning on music and dancing to it counts as active time for your child and for you too.

Being Prepared for Outdoors Activities

If your children are headed outside, be sure that they are dressed for the weather. Layers are a necessity in California where temperatures can range from chilly in the morning to quite warm in the afternoon. Start with a sweat-wicking bottom layer before adding an insulating middle layer and a waterproof top layer, particularly if rain has been forecasted. Be sure that small body parts, such as fingers, toes, and ears, are kept dry and warm, and apply sunscreen to exposed skin even if the weather is cloudy.

Keep in mind that special needs children may have other concerns that could make getting outdoors even more difficult. For example, your child may resist being bundled up against colder weather. Look for comfortable clothing that is not itchy and provides the compression that your child prefers. Many brands are now offering adaptive clothing that has easy-open closures, seamless designs, and comfortable compression materials. You can also find adaptive clothing with special openings for medical equipment, allowing you to keep your child active and healthy when he is home from school.

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