Outdoor play is good for children—even in winter! Contrary to popular belief, outdoor play in winter does not put
children at risk for getting a cold. Germs, not cold weather, cause a
Nonetheless, the following precautions should be followed for outdoor play:
- Do not allow children to play outside during extreme cold or hot temperatures. Temperatures above 40 degrees and below 80 degrees Fahrenheit are usually suitable for routine outdoor play.
- Make sure children dress appropriately for the outside temperature.
- Protect children from sunburn even on cloudy days.
- Check outdoor play areas daily for unsafe surfaces and possible obstacles.
- Wipe down wet outdoor equipment to prevent slips and falls.
- Check for adequate cushioning under climbing equipment because sand and bark may compact when wet.
- Do not allow smoking while children are playing in outdoor play areas.
- Always supervise outdoor play!
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