Tuesday, April 6, 2010
If you're going to be wet anyway...
I don't intend a full post for every day of the (newly re-named) Great Outdoor Challenge. For the most part, I'll probably just add a photo to end of another post. But today's rainy weather got me thinking about how often I'm asked about taking kids out in "bad" weather (I don't like using that judgemental term, however; I prefer the Norwegian philosophy of "there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.") I thought it might be nice to share a few of my strategies here.
It rained this morning. Most of the parents hadn't expected it, so the kids didn't have all their rain gear. I have boots for borrowing, so we geared up as well as we could. Today I chose one of my favorite rain strategies: if you're going to be wet anyway, might as well go to water. We headed for the little stream at the end of our block. There, the kids threw rocks into the water (or rolled, as size dictated!), searched for "treasure" (special rocks, bits of glass, fallen tree buds), waded in the water, and climbed fallen trees. We returned covered in mud, pockets full of treasure, happy and tired.
Play along with us during the month of April for Children and Nature Awareness Month by posting a picture of your child(ren) each day enjoying the outdoors! Get outdoors and climb a tree!