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Escaping the Winter Blues with Outdoor Play: 4 Tips

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 16:31 -- Better Beginnings

For families with young children, winter can often be the toughest season of the year because cold temperatures and shortened days can leave your child with a bad case of the winter blues. 
 
There is one simple, easy way to chase away the blues: outdoor play.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children need at least 60 minutes of physical play every day - even in the winter time. 
 
Here are 4 top tips for healthy winter play:
Dress the children in layers, so they can shed one if they get too hot. Hats and gloves or mittens are a must. 
Have drinking water available and keep children hydrated.  
After play, change the children into dry clothing.
Make sure clothes and shoes are dry before children go out to play again. 
 
For fun winter activities to do together, visit the Parents and Families section at ARBetterBeginnings.com and view 5 Great Activities for a Wonderful Winter in the Family Resource Library