Friday, October 7, 2011

Seasonal Change

This week, we saw rainy weather for the first time this season. Last week, we were in the high 80's, and this week we were cold and wet.  Ironically, the first day that it rained, look where the kids wanted to be!

Where there are usually at least three or four children in the patio reading books on the couch and doing extensive self-guided art projects, on this cold and rainy day, they were ALL in the sandbox!  I decided to leave the shelter of the patio area to see what was happening.  But when I went over there, nothing big was going on, just some big ol' sand castles and the usual birthday cake play.  Okay, that is big in and of itself, but nothing unusually spectacular.

The fact that there was nothing totally exciting going on (beyond the usual excitement and learning in child-led dramatic play) tells me that the rain is simply a non-issue.  They didn't even seem to notice the sprinkles on their heads and backs.

And that is why we spend a little time outdoors every day, rain or shine.  On a typical day, we see 3 to 5 hours per day outdoors.  On the rainiest day this week, we saw about two.

More to read:

what to children learn when they play outdoors?

learning through play outdoors

tranquil scenes have a positive impact on the brain (ahem, getting out in nature)

tv is relaxing (ie. stop watching tv and go outside!)

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