By Megann Sauer, M.D.
The winter season brings snowflakes and ice and a playground full of outside activities like sledding, snowman making, ice-skating, building forts and snowball fights. Families will likely spend time outdoors playing and it is important to keep children safe while having fun. Physical activities can be great stress relievers for children who are cooped up inside at school and home for one too many hours during the cold winter months.
The American Council of Exercise recommends children get approximately 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Play can be broken up into intervals anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes and Boys Town Pediatrics offers winter safety guidelines for your family.
When is it too cold for your child to go outside and play? Follow the colored safety zone guide.
Get creative and join in on the fun with your child. Parents can help build snow forts, protect the forts with a snowball battle, build snowman families or pretend to hike together on an epic journey up Mount Everest! Remember to watch the temperature, bundle up and most importantly have fun with your child this winter season.