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Any Outside Toys for Christmas for Outside Play Time?

Were there any outside toys under the tree at Christmas, such as a wagon, sled, toboggan, bike or trike, or other riding toys? These are popular items and kids love to be active outside. Now that the busiest part of the holidays is over, the family may be able to go outside and play! Some places will be fortunate enough to have snow, (if that can be considered good fortune ☺), and the rest of us have to make due with grass that’s either green or brown. But whether the weather is warm or cold, it’s still fun to play outside.

outside Christmas toy play timeAt this time of year, kids may have had enough of being inside. They have been plenty excited by special holiday events and they need to run around and be active. Backyards and playgrounds have space for bodies as well as for voices. Besides the exercise for muscles, being outside also boosts children’s immune system and increases Vitamin D. Not just bodies, but brains get exercise too. Kids solve problems, make choices, release mental stress, and stretch imaginations.

outside play timeOutside stimulates children’s senses. There are voices, birds, wind, and other sounds outside. The moving provides lots of different sensations for touch as bodies feel clothes, cool nips in the air, equipment, toys, the ground, and hopefully, lots of sun. Outdoors has scents and odors, unless noses are frozen from cold. Besides so much to see, the best part is the taste of hot chocolate when getting back indoors.

This time of the year, there are not many hours of daylight. Fortunately, over the holidays community skating rinks and swimming pools often have special family times and rates, possibly even some times when facilities are free. This can extend the times when kids can play and counts as outside time, although it’s indoors.

Will some outside and active play be part of your child’s day?

Summer Outside Fun, Play, and Learning in the Sandbox

Not all summer days are hot and sunny, but even on cool and cloudy ones kids can enjoy some outside fun and learning playtime in the sandbox. What is some of the early learning fun and development that happens in the sandbox? All that digging, filling, scooping, pouring, carrying, dumping, and more promotes muscle development. Hands and arms need to coordinate with what brains want to do. Science happens as kids see how sand makes a cone when poured out, how it passes thru big and small holes, and how heavy it feels. Measuring is early math and kids play with the concept of more and less. As kids share materials and spaces they are practicing language and social skills. This and more can happen as kids play outside in the sandbox.Continue Reading

Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Bubbles

There are so many activities that can happen outside in the summertime for fun, learning, and for those kids who will be starting school, for kindergarten readiness too. Blowing bubbles appeals to kids of all ages; it can be done many times and kids will still want to do it again.   A bubble is soContinue Reading

Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Water Play

Summer days are perfect for water play outside and any water spilled on clothes will quickly dry. Water play is not just fun, but also pours out lots of kindergarten readiness fun and learning. While there are tables specially made for water play, any big container will work such as a bin or big bowl.Continue Reading

Paper Airplane Fun and Learning for Kids

Outside play activities do not need to be elaborate to be fun for kids and they don’t need lots of equipment, either. What could be simpler than a paper airplane? Today, I heard about a major airport that had a paper airplane contest. Did  you know that many kids don’t know how to fold paperContinue Reading

Connecting to Nature for Fun and Learning

Summer may be over and school has started, but it’s more important than ever to make sure children’s day has some outside and nature time. This supports fun, learning, and not just kindergarten readiness, but being at school too. The start of school, whether preschool, daycare or kindergarten means the forming of new connections andContinue Reading

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