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Allowing children to play outdoors during winter is good for them

See why it's so important to get your kids outside this winter.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While we tend to think keeping children indoors in the winter helps keep them healthy, it is actually the opposite. Cold fresh air if beneficial to children, it can boost their immune system, the natural light is a great source of Vitamin D and general physical activity is always good for anyone.  

The experts at Milestones Child Development Center suggest a variety of activities beyond building snowmen and making snow angels, although both of those activities can be fun.  Why not let the kids help you shovel the driveway, examine snowflakes with a microscope, get creative making different tracks in the snow or allow them to bring inside toys out and play with them in a different capacity.

Even when the temperature is very low, a brief walk around your home or neighborhood is still beneficial. Look for changes in nature such as what happens to the trees, are there animal tracks in the snow, are there puddles that are frozen and what does that look like.  With younger children, you can bring snow inside and let them explore or watch it melt.

At Milestones, children are encouraged to bring winter outdoor gear every day and are outside twice each day.  Winter brings different ways to utilize our natural playgrounds to provide activities such as using snow in our mud kitchen, using child size shovels to move snow, painting in the snow with spray bottles, science experiments with water and ice and nature walks.  

For more information on enrolling your children at Milestones, visit www.milestonescdc.com or call 616-536-2520.

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