Being outdoors is not limited to the warmer months. Wintry weather brings many opportunities for your preschooler to explore the changing season. Sledding, going for a walk, or building a snowman are perfect ways to enjoy newly fallen snow.
As a parent, your concerns about the cold weather must be a priority. Lower temperatures can be dangerous for young children. Taking precautionary steps to protect your preschooler against the cold weather will keep your child safe and healthy.
Cold Weather Safety Tips for Preschoolers
Regardless of the time of year, exploring is a natural instinct for preschoolers. Following cold weather safety tips for your preschoolers allows the exploration to continue in the winter months.
- Know the Weather: Prior to heading outdoors, check the weather. Lower temperatures and negative wind chill may require your preschooler to stay indoors.
- Time Limits: Setting time limits is a great way to monitor your preschooler’s well-being. Children may not recognize the effects of cold weather. Bringing your preschooler indoors gives you a chance to check your child’s warmth under all the layers. Wet boots and mittens may increase the risk of frostbite.
- Use Layers: Dressing your preschooler in layers helps prevent frostbite. As a general guideline, dress your preschooler in one more layer than you would wear in cold temperatures.
- Accessories: Along with a winter coat and snow pants, boots, hats, gloves or mittens are necessary accessories for your preschooler to fend off the cold weather. When purchasing the items, proper fitting accessories are necessary. Your preschooler’s extremities are the most susceptible to frostbite.
- Sunscreen: Using sunscreen is not just for the summer months. Sunscreen helps protect your preschooler from the sun’s rays reflecting off the snow.
- Hydration: Providing plenty of water, soup, or other warm liquids will help your preschooler stay hydrated and combat colds.
- Vehicle Safety: Protecting your preschoolers includes winterizing your vehicle. Keeping extra blankets, hand warmers, and other supplies in your vehicle are critical for emergency situations.
- Know the Signs of Hypothermia: Even with all of your planning, colder temperatures may result in hypothermia. If your preschooler is slurring words or shivering uncontrollably, call your health care professional immediately.
Encouraging your preschooler’s natural curiosity provides a learning experience. Being outdoors in the colder months allows your preschooler to engage in large motor activities, increases imagination, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills. Planning for colder temperatures enables your preschooler to safely discover the natural environment.
Mission Valley Montessori incorporates nature into its learning plan for all students. With that, teachers also shows students how to be safe in different types of weather, including being prepared during cold weather. To learn more about the Montessori method, contact us today.