|A little pop up den (from Cosy Direct) provides a quiet spot in the noisy playground.|
|A Tuff spot with gloop - messy activities are perfect for outside.|
On dry days when there has been lots of frost & subsequently ice, the tyres are a great source of fabulous ice shapes as the water in the rim freezes. If you know it's going to be lovely & dry but cold, make some ice shapes overnight in the freezer (or if it's cold enough outside). The children will have fun playing with the shapes & watching them melt. Some years I have put leaves in the ice shapes & the children love getting them out of the ice.
|Ice shapes - trying to put the pieces back together is always fun|
|You can see the frost on the tyres but it's still fun to be outside|
Of course it's much easier to be outside on warm, dry days but honestly for the past 7 years that we have been going outside everyday I can safely say that there has never been a day when any of the adults or children didn't enjoy being outside. We never have any child refusing to come outside or wanting back inside before it's time to go inside. The children quickly accept that they are going to be outside & will find extra layers if they do find themselves getting cold. It is of course important that the adults are dressed appropriately too with good warm boots & waterproof trousers & coats if necessary. In my setting most of us wear this everyday whether it's raining or not, so that we aren't worrying about kneeling down to help children put on wellies or sitting down on a damp tree stump to chat to children.
I really do challenge anyone to try going outside everyday for a month. It will quickly become a habit you won't want to break.