Baby it’s cold outside

I sure hope this message finds you safe and warm because I know many of you are in the middle of currently preparing for or dealing with blizzard or other stormy conditions. Here in Indiana, the blizzard has missed us so I can’t really complain about the freezing cold weather or the small amount of snow we currently have on the ground.

Baby Its Cold Outside

Running my own preschool means that I have to keep an eye on the weather and make that somewhat difficult decision as to whether we should keep the preschool open on a snowy day, delay school start-up time, or just close for the day…

Baby it's cold outside by Teach Preschool

So far this school year, I haven’t had to close or delay preschool. Although it has been bitter cold on some days and snowy on others, it hasn’t affected our local public school system which I use as a guide for what to do…

Baby it's cold outside by Teach Preschool

When we do have preschool, I still have to decide whether or not the children should go outside to play in the snow. As a general rule, we will go outside in almost all reasonable (or what would be considered normal) weather conditions here, even if it means spending 30 minutes getting on coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots for just five minutes of play in the snow…

Baby it's cold outside by Teach Preschool

My students are just so happy when they get to go outside. If I based the decision of whether or not we would go outside to play on how I feel about cold weather and snow, I can assure you – I prefer to stay warm and we would stay inside. So I have to remind myself almost daily that going outside isn’t just about giving kids something to do but it is an essential part of healthy growth and development.

Baby it's cold outside by Teach Preschool

I can see a clear difference in my students after they spend even five minutes outside…

After playing outside, the children are always more relaxed, happier, and are able to focus better on whatever comes up next once we get back inside…

Baby it's cold outside by Teach Preschool

I have learned to dress for the weather on these cold and snowy days so I can enjoy the outdoor experience too…

For those of you who are experiencing this crazy blizzard that I am watching on the news, please know that I am thinking and hoping that all is well with you and your family.

In the News

NBC News report on Blizzard

Weather Safety Tips

Winter Storm Safety from Weather Wiz Kids

Things to Do

10 Indoor large motor activities for preschoolers by Teach Preschool

10 Indoor activities for toddlers by Hands on: As we Grow!

Winter Play Days by Fantastic Fun and Learning

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By |2016-01-23T01:29:20+00:00January 23rd, 2016|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Wendy January 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    My first reaction to your wonderful photos was “No snowpants?” I live in Vermont, and I wear snowpants starting in November, before the snow, just to keep my legs warm. Once snow falls, they keep our pants dry too. In a multi-room center, I am the only teacher seen on the ground, loving the snow play, because I wear snowpants.

    I try to get outside every day as well. If the temps are above 15 degrees, we go outside, even briefly. The kiddos need to escape the classroom and get out some energy.

  2. Faye January 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    We live right next door to you in Ohio, and were blessed to only get a few flurries. I deeply pray for the ones who weren’t so lucky.

    We had the opportunity to go outdoors last week when it snowed; the children enjoyed spray painting and scooping snow into a container to bring indoors. A couple of my neighbors stopped by and watched as the children painted the snow. Unfortunately, their “art” melted the next day. I was sort of hoping for a little snow I don’t like the cold much (or the heat), but I do take advantage of these rare times for the children to enjoy the snow. I feel if they are bundled up properly, they will be just fine and warm from the body heat they generate when they play. They LOVE it for sure!

  3. Jen January 24, 2016 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to get outside this week with my preschoolers! We got 35.5 inches of snow from the storm and it’s going to be great to play in it! Although, we do have our first snow day tomorrow so play will have to wait but it is coming!!!!

  4. Jana Esposito February 2, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Love the pictures! We’re glad we don’t have snow! It’s great to get the kids out when you can! Cabin fever can set in.

    I have a game that could be fun indoors and could be changed for different ages! It’s a game that has been around for over 40 years, check it out!

    https://[email protected]

  5. Napoleon Nalcot February 6, 2016 at 3:29 am - Reply

    There is something with little children and snow that I find so beautiful. Children playing in the snow are, in my humble opinion, perhaps one of the most beautiful marks of humanity. Awesome pictures, great blog. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. First School February 18, 2016 at 1:50 am - Reply

    This is a really nice article! No one can stop a child’s play. So, allow him to play not only for his pleasure; it will also help him in his physical and mental development and in learning teamwork. But you should be watchful and be aware of all his little activities.

  7. ruchi February 22, 2016 at 1:57 am - Reply

    These kids just seem to enjoy the moment. We can learn a lot from these kids when it comes to living life to its fullest. The pics are just awesome.

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