When it comes to winter weather many of us would rather stay inside where it is warm and dry than brave the cold ankle high wet snow outdoors. And don’t get me started on the process of getting children bundled up to go outside. Depending on the age of children in your care this process can be very time consuming. At my after-school program we require children to play outside for at least 30 minutes per day, weather permitting. This policy does not make everyone happy, and inevitably the question arises. “Why do we have to go outside?!”
I know that playing outside, even in winter is good for kids. But the real question is.. is outdoor physical activity in winter really better than indoor physical activity? I did some research and this is what I found.