In the late summer, before the kids go back to school, practice for fall sports often begins. The weather is still nice where we live, the nights are beginning to get a bit cooler, and the leaves are giving hints of the changes headed our way. Once they actually begin school, usually after Labor Day, our schedules get even busier adding homework, clubs, and organization meetings after school, pack the schedule even more. It can be hard to find the time for them to get outside and just PLAY. I am a big believer in outside playtime, it gets them away from electronics, keeps them active, and allows them to engage their imaginations.
The Voice of Play is an education and advocacy initiative of the non-profit membership association, IPEMA, formed to educate and promote the benefits of children’s free outdoor play and playgrounds. Through the Voice of Play website and social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of play.
How do you prioritize play in the fall and winter? We make sure that we buy weather appropriate clothes and accessories, and they dress in layers, as needed. We go to the playground, and the younger two play while the older one prepares for Cross Country meets. We hit up the local farms to pick our own fruits and vegetables, that are so delicious when they are fresh! We go up to the Mountains and explore the trails and the gorgeous fall foliage. Once winter sets in, we are buried in feet of snow. The kids can get out and build snowmen, snow forts, skate, ski, make snow angels, and have snowball battles. encourage other families to enjoy the fall and winter outside in a similar way.