Our month of focusing on outdoor play began with a flurry of snow and a very chilly afternoon. They tell me that March is the snowiest month in Denver, which is why this seemed like the perfect month to make a conscious effort to get outside more often. I have a tendency to want to hibernate during the winter months (I know, heresy in Colorado!), so this is going to be a challenging month for me. My husband and our kids are easier – they all love any time they can get outside.
This blog project is ultimately about habit building, and starting with small, do-able steps. The small steps we took today were:
1. Being prepared – we had warm clothes in the car, so we’d be able to play outside this evening.
2. Choosing an easy location – after I picked up the kids after work, we stayed at the playground at B.’s daycare center. The giant tire was a big hit!
3. Acknowledging that some time outside is better than no time – we played for about half an hour, before we had to head home and warm up. B. didn’t want to leave – she seems like a prime candidate for one of those amazing 100% outdoor Forest Schools…
I realized that I need to pack even warmer clothes and blankets in our car, and I need to remember the snacks and water bottles. But overall it was a great start for building our outside-play-no-matter-the-weather habit!
If you’re building this habit too, what small steps can you take to make outside time easy and enjoyable for everyone involved?