Staying warm in the cold weather

I know that I personally love being outside in the winter. I love playing in the snow, building snow forts, and most of all going sledding. But as the weather gets colder spending time outside also means that we have to start dressing a lot warmer.

There is a Norwegian saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. If you ask my assistant Ms. Simon she will tell you I am firm believer in that saying. But how do you dress a child to be prepared for spending time outside but not overheating while inside?

The key is layers, three layers to be exact. The first is thermal clothing under their actual clothing. This layer is to wick away the moisture and should fit close to the body. The next layer of their actual clothes which can pretty much be anything as long as it covers their body and its purpose is to insulate. The final layer is the one that protects them from the weather such as a waterproof winter jacket. The only suggestion I would have on the outer-most layer would be to have it large enough to fit layers all the layers under it.

While we are on the topic of the outer layer there are a few other things to remember. Boots and socks are so important to keep your child’s feet warm and dry however I always would say to have a pair of inside shoes too so that they don’t track snow into the classroom. Hats to help keep in their heat and covers their ears, because there is nothing worse than cold ears. Finally gloves are always important to have too, I say gloves not mittens because mittens make it hard for children to hold hands when they are outside.

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