Debra K. Whaley, M.D.
When it's cold outside, how do you keep your kids from getting bored? There are video games and television shows, but how about physical activity. It is important for children to have outdoor playtime in the winter months, too.
A hat, gloves and scarf are essentials for outdoor play. Keep extra gloves on hand in case the first pair gets wet from snow and ice. Children are not good judges of how cold or wet they are, so they should always be supervised.
Parents can join children in snowball fights, making snow forts or pretending to hike Mount Everest. Before you know it, an hour has passed and children are getting their daily physical activity requirement. The American Council of Exercise recommends children get approximately 60 minutes of physical activity each day, but that can be broken up into intervals anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
If the weather is just too cold outside; try taking your activity indoors to a recreational center, basketball gym or an indoor swimming pool.