At Bates, we recognize that children come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, traditions, and experiences, which will influence their attitudes around physical activity and exercise. Children can gain cultural awareness by exchanging games and engaging in a variety of physical activities together.
Cold weather does not cause colds or flu. However, viruses that cause a cold and the flu are more common in the winter when children spend more time indoors."As far as proper attire goes, if a family asks or staff notice that a child is in need of weather-appropriate clothing, we have spares that we provide at no-cost (we work with a majority of low-income families who may not be able to afford it) or we can refer to community clothing banks. We also start reminding families just before the weather is turning, or as soon as it does, to please be sending their children with a change of clothes in case they go out in the rain. Rainboots are stored in children's cubbies when not in use. We don't have snowsuits, but perhaps those could be hung on a clothes rack to minimize the space they take up.
Snow Play: How to Make Forts and Slides and Winter Campfires by Birgitta Ralston.