January 15, 2022
Dear Berry Patch Families,
Minnesota is winter wonderland! Get outside and embrace all winter has to offer. Sledding, snowman building, and snowshoeing are fun artic activities for the whole family. Since The Berry Patch School is a play-based program, I’d like to encourage you to play… outside.
Here are a few tips to get geared up for a day in the snow.
1. Schedule a family meeting to discuss winter activities. Share your memories of winter fun when you were a child. Include ideas like building snow forts, making snow angels or ice fishing. Even the littlest ones can contribute to the brainstorm list of ideas.
2. Be prepared! Getting into the winter gear takes time, but it’s well worth it when everyone is warm.
3. If the adventure includes a drive, consider distance and road conditions.
4. Pack water and treats for hungry family members. Even if the trek is to the local park, load a backpack with small water bottles and a treat for everyone. It’s easy to get dehydrated.
5. With little ones, it’s always a good idea to have a spare pair of mittens on hand to exchange if the first pair gets soggy or misplaced.
6. Take a few photos to print at home to remember the day’s adventure and spur you on in planning another.
7. Have fun on your family’s outdoor play date! And when it’s too cold to venture outside, plan for family fun indoors with these ideas: Indoor Fun for Cold Winer Days!
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Licensed Parent & Family Educator
Click on the links below for more on the importance of play.
Play is Practice for Life Skills
Just Play with Me: What Research Tells Us About Playing More Confidently with Our Children
Why is Play Important for Your Child’s Development?
Executive Function is Enhanced Through Play