Don’t miss the opportunity to let your children play outside just because the temperature has dropped or the first snowflakes of winter have started to fall! Encourage their adventurous spirit whatever the weather, but make sure your little ones are wrapped up warm. They will have great fun playing on their climbing frames or with their garden toys, even in winter time!
Here are Selwood Products ‘Top Ten Tips’ for keeping the children warm while outside this winter!
1. Fuel their play – Give them a hearty breakfast, lunch or snack before they venture outside. If it’s early morning play then porridge and warm milk are great for filling their tummies! At lunchtime, soup or pasta is a super start to the afternoon. If they need a quick fix snack for late afternoon play then why not try toast or crumpets!
2. Wrap them up warm – It’s an old saying but a true one! Vests, leggings or tights under trousers, thick socks, gloves or mittens, scarves and hats are a must. Coats should cover the hip area and always make sure that the waist and midriff area are kept covered. Layer their clothing so heat can stay trapped between the layers and always tuck vests or t-shirts in rather than leave them hanging over the top.
3. Don’t lose your head! – We lose more heat out of our heads than any other part of our body. So keep a hat on your little ones at all times when they are playing outdoors during the winter. Thermal, fleece or knitted – it doesn’t matter as long they are covered up. Cover ears too; how about a traditional deer stalker hat with fold down ear flaps or even ear muffs. They can come in a variety of bright colours attractive to children!
4. Keep it watertight – Waterproof footwear is hugely important. Wellies and thermal socks make a great combo. Snow boots are brilliant as they keep feet toasty warm whilst remaining waterproof and often have draw string tops to keep feet nice and dry.
5. Hot little hands– Keeping little hands warm doesn’t just mean gloves or mittens. There are some great products on the market nowadays; like hot hands hand warmers by Heatmax. Simply click them to start them heating up and then they last for up to 10 hours!
6. Luscious lips and rosy noses! – Use petroleum jelly to prevent wind and cold chapped lips. Spread a little at the end of your child’s nose and on their top lip to prevent runny noses from causing chapped skin.
7. Sunscreen isn’t just for summer – Apply sunscreen to your child’s face. Snow can reflect up to 80% of UV rays and it will help to keep skin moisturised and prevent drying out in harsh cold windy conditions.
8. Got it in one! – Why not pop your child in an all in one snow suit or overall. Most outdoor adventure shops have great outfits for children – not just for those on the slopes! An all in one means they can keep zipped up warm and toasty from the cold and still enjoy their active outdoor play.
9. Super snacks – All that climbing and playing on the swings makes for hungry children! Super snack ideas when they come in from the garden include; hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, toast with chocolate spread or hot banana custard. Yum!!!
10. Let them be children! - as long as you have taken care to protect them from the elements and made sure they are full of energy for winter garden play, you can relax knowing they will have just as much fun out there as they would on a summers day!