This winter at Wicken Toys we want the kids to stay warm during their outdoor playtime and that can only be accomplished by a watchful parental eye!
Wicken Toys Playtime Tips
- Bundle those kiddie-winks up as warm as possible! If this winter is anything like last year’s expect snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures on those daytrips out and play dates in the park.
- Padded coats with hoods are ideally the best option. Shoes/trainers with grip and thermal thick socks will help to protect their feet. The same can be said for their fingers and hands. Get them some mittens or gloves to put on so they don’t come into contact with too much ice or snow. Woolly hats and jumpers are essentials for this time of year too! Don’t count out snowsuits from the equation either.
- At a young age a child’s heat retention and internal heating systems are not fully developed. This makes them extremely sensitive for temperature changes. Beyond winter clothing you should always bring a flask of hot chocolate or warm milk (unless there is a cafe or food stop nearby). This is good to give to them while they play with outdoor toys or in a play park and helps to warm them up.
- After playtime in the snow when you bring the kids back make sure to run them a hot bath. A soak in the bath can really help to fight off the cold and keep them warm. You have to watch out for colds and flu viruses around this time of year.
- Keep a close watch – long extended periods of play outside in the snow or in icy conditions can cause an onset of hypothermia.
Wicken Toys Activities
The best way to keep the kids warm when they are playing outside is to keep them active and on their feet.
Wicken Toys has a range of outdoor toys that are designed for action and movement. Our wheeled toys are great options to get kids pedalling and exerting energy to increase their body temperature while our sports and games section provides everything from outdoor games like football to basketball.
The important part of outdoor games and outdoor play is that children use their energy and say warm through the games they play. It’s not healthy for them to be standing around on the sidelines not moving, even with all the winter wear they might be wrapped in.
Winter time can be incredibly exciting and magical for the young ones, especially Christmas, which is why it is important to get them out and about to have fun during this time, but not to overdo it or to leave them to their own devices.