How to Make Play a Priority During Winter Months
This winter is unlike any before it. Last year, many families decided to spend some time apart as COVID-19 wreaked havoc worldwide. This past holiday season was the first time in a long time that friends and families are getting back together.
As people begin to venture out again, gather together, and reconnect with one another, play is a universal language that brings all generations together. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some playful days. Read on to learn how to prioritize play during the upcoming winter months.
Play Helps Us Weather Life’s Storms
Winter weather is not a hindrance in the world of play. In fact, winter brings many great opportunities for play and physical activity. The California Childcare Health Program states that playing outside during the winter months “gives children an opportunity for a change of environment, a balance in play and routine, and large muscle activities (gross-motor development).”
It is also great for stimulating young imaginations.
Outdoor play is essential as the calendars turn to 2022. The world is starting to adjust to our new post-COVID-19 society, and children are yearning to play with each other in person. Going outside helps cooped-up children get active.
A common argument against playing outdoors in the winter is that the cold temperatures tend to make children sick; however, the indoors may be worse when it comes to spreading germs. The CDC states outdoor play is less likely to spread germs and viruses like COVID-19.
Another reason to pursue outdoor play is pivotal for socialization among all economic demographics. Not every child has access to technology such as cell phones and collaborative video games that allow them to play with children in the comforts of their own homes. Their only way to be social during the winter months is to meet up with friends at the local park.
Our Favorite Snow Activities
What if there is snow on the ground? That doesn't have to stop you from playing. You may find the snow makes playtime even more fun. Try some of these fun games and activities:
For the whole family:
- Pin the nose on the snowman
- Work together and build a snow sculpture
- Play Pictionary by drawing in the snow
- Search for winter constellations
For the wild child:
- Tug of war in the snow
- Footprint tag
- Snowball relay
- Snowball dodgeball
- Capture the snow flag
Endless Possibilities for Play
The social implications of this winter holiday season are unprecedented, and the best way to bring friends and families together is through play. Bundle up and take the whole family outside. Walk your kids to the park to play footprint tag with some neighbors.
If you want to ensure your play and recreation spaces are ready for the winter, contact your local GameTime play expert. We can help you make play a priority this winter and for many winters to come.