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.
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.