Welcome to my 29th Outdoor Play Party post!
On the theme of 'why not?' Another strand of that is why bother with waterproof clothing & going outside in rain etc. It would be so much easier if we didn't go outside everyday, no matter what, it would mean less set up time each morning when 2 of us spend 20-30 minutes putting all the resources out. It would make tidy-up time much easier as we wouldn't have to put it all away again & spend time hanging wet clothes in the dryer or on the line. BUT from experience I know that it would not make my job during the day easier, in fact it would be much harder to be inside with 26 children for almost 5 hours everyday. We had a taste of what this would be like last year when the playground was being repaired & we had to stay inside for 4 days - it was a nightmare for all - staff & children!
It doesn't take much to get the children dressed in their wellies & waterproofs, and on an average day it's usually about 6-7 children who choose to get dressed up, unless it's raining when it can be up to 20. We have it down to a fine art now, the children get their wellies & then choose what trousers & coats they want, if it's the Didriksons set. Our other set is all the same colour so it doesn't matter what they choose. We tuck their trousers into their socks & then get the wellies on, then the dungarees & finally their coats. The trousers go over the wellies, otherwise rain runs into their boots.
It means they can climb up on anything or sit down anywhere without us worrying about them getting wet or dirty.
If they have been in the mud or sand, they get hosed down before getting changed. They all know to get their shoes first before starting to take the waterproofs off.
Coats off first, then the slide the straps of the dungarees off & sit down to take their boots off before getting their shoes back on again. We would prefer that they don't wear shoes/boots with laces so that they can do all this for themselves.
We are so used to this system now it seems like part of the routine & we wouldn't have it any other way!
Given it was the start of a new year & for many it is the depths of a cold winter or for some a very hot summer, I was delighted to see so many posts linked up - 30 to be exact. So thanks to everyone who added a link, they are all appreciated & hopefully will inspire someone else to get outdoors a little bit more often.
I am featuring 2 posts from the last linky, mostly because I can't pick one & not the other as they both are about fab, family fun days spent on the beach in winter - and believe it or not the exact same beach - Barry Island! So my featured posts come from The Boy & Me & The Johnson Babies. How good does the beach look even in January?
How did your kids play outdoors this week?
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