This last weekend was May Long here in Manitoba. The weekend that separates winter from summer. And no, I didn’t miss spring. Here in Manitoba it is not at all uncommon for us to go from winter to summer over a long weekend. In fact, we woke up to snow this long weekend and today it is going to be sunny with a high of +18 degrees celcius. After a long winter, the kids are generally ready to get out their bikes and scooters and spend some time in the warm sunshine. But what if your family is having a hard time getting back into the summer swing of things? Here are 3 tips to get your family back into the routine of playing outside after a long winter!
#1) Shed winter routines
It’s time to celebrate the extended hours of daylight! After dinner when homework and chores are complete, why not take a short walk as a family? There is a great ice cream shop 30 minutes away from us that we love to walk to. Of course, starting with even 15 minutes of outdoor play a few times a week will help you and your family break away from your indoor-focused winter routines.
#2) Break out the outdoor toys
The winter months always feel as though they’re dragging on. With so many months since last being able to play outside in the sunlight, your little ones may have forgotten about their favourite toys from last summer. Pick a weekend to pull out all the outdoor toys from storage and have your little ones help you. Pull out those scooters and watch as your child tries to navigate balance again!
#3) Learn new skills
Learning to ride a bike is a major milestone for any child. Not only will they learn a new skill, but it will teach them a few valuable lessons like perseverance and bravery. It will also give you some precious bonding time and memories that you will both remember for years to come.
Of course, no matter what activities your child is involved in, safety is the first priority. Helmets are a must here in Southeastern Manitoba for those under 18 years of age.
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