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Winter Outdoor Education: Tips and Tricks Round-up

Hi folks,
As we move into colder and wetter weather, what are your best tips and tricks for continuing your outdoor education programs through the winter? Please share below!

#1 - Be a resource to the families. Share gear recommendations and notices of upcoming sales.
#2 - Let families know how to dress their child for the expected weather conditions (every time). Save snowsuits for actual snow. Until then, waterproof gear with layers underneath is the best option.
#3 - Keep moving! Don't sit for Morning Meeting. Keep it active with movement songs and games.
#4 - Sleds! Even if you don't have a sledding hill. It is fun to use sleds to move things. And, you can make a slippery obstacle course with sleds.
#5 - Ice! Make colorful ice cubes, blocks, rings, and other interesting shapes. Freeze interesting things in the ice, like fairies, balls, wooden blocks, etc.

Rain garments are usually not very warm, and wet weather can make everything feel colder. I learned from trainings that wool and fleece are the warmest layers, but since wool can be itchy I recommend fleece layers to my families. Keeping the core warm is important - if the core is not warm to begin with, it will be very hard to warm kids up. Two-year-olds tend to be more sensitive to the cold so keep an eye on them! Although it doesn't get super cold in Los Angeles, I bring instant hand warmers in case the little ones get very cold in the mornings.