Outdoor Play in Winter

We take the children outside at least once each day (weather permitting), even in the winter.  There are many benefits to playing outdoors in the winter. 

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While playing outside, children are escaping the indoor germs and bacteria and instead are breathing in fresh air.

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Outdoors provide larger spaces to exercise their large muscles.

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With snow covering the climber and swings, children need to sue their imagination to find new ways to play.  Building snowmen instead of digging in the rocks, climbing snow hills instead of crossing monkey bars…

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While playing outside, children are exposed to sunshine, which gives them Vitamin D.  Vitamin D helps regulate serotonin and melatonin levels helping with their mood and sleeping habits.