Or how to make a waterproof knight
I’m always surprised that we are practically the only ones in the playground on a wet day. So here’s my bit to encourage people to go outside in what is seen as bad weather.
It's just bad PR.
Wet days are fun days!
Admittedly, only if you are wearing the right gear! Irrespective of physical age.
Having a son I have soon learned that it is much like having a big dog, a husky for instance: they need a lot of walking. Min 1 hours outdoors per day I’ve found, better still 2-3, or longer. Otherwise we are both climbing the walls. Cabinfever sets in early.
So here is what I learned from my upbringing in the far north. Not going out to play on a rainy day was not an option, as there were too many of them!
The real key to stay warm is layering cotton and wool under waterproofs. A rule of thumb for both kids and adults is 2 layers under the coats in weather down to 5-0 degree C, 3 layers in sub zero. Minimum 1 of these should be wool. It’s rare by silk is actually very warm. It sounds extravagant, but if you can get knitted silk go for it, as an adult it is an investment. I got a small silk hand-me-down body for Digger when he was 18 months. It worked wonders and didn’t itch him.
- Woolen long sleeved Tee
- Woolen long john or tights
- Rain coat
- Wanders/water proof trousers
The trousers go over the wellies and those little elastic bands on bottom the trousers go under the wellies. If you then put the coat over the trousers, then you have created a knight in waterproofs.
For toddlers, the all-in-one waterproofs come in very handy.
Kids optional extras for weather of 5 to -5 degree C:
- Woolen socks
- Cotton long sleeves Tee
- Thin coats
- Gloves (although Digger hates them so I've stopped bothering)
Although it may be difficult to persuade a girl/boy over 7 into this attire if no one else is wearing this but toddlers in the playground. That said, it is well worth having full body waterproofs for any age.
Waterproofs should last kids longer than you are prepared to stay outdoors. I’ve seen Digger sit in a puddle up to his waist and remain dry inside.
All this said, I still bring a dry spare set of clothing for my 3 year old. It only takes one leak from one place to reduce the fun considerably in cold weather.
Warning: it will take longer than usual to unpack your kid to get to the loo in time. Be prepared for some some temporary set backs if you are potty training.
Now all this prep is worthless if you, the adult, is getting cold. So here’s my tips that should have you snuggly warm while standing in an icy puddle in the torrential rain for a good hour or 2.
I focus on having keeping my feet warm, and have recently become the owner of the awesome Sorel boots – the four wheel drive of boots. My long rain coat is also a life saver. With this on I feel like a mummy knight.
- WARM FEET in good water proof boots
- Long waterproof coat with pockets
- Layering of cotton and woolen layers
What to do?As for what to do in all this wet wet… Gosh… anything!
Cycling/scooting through puddles, jumping in puddles, digging in the mud with sticks. Nature changes so much from wet to dry. It is great sensory stuff.
All toys that are great in sand are also great in water.
Think bath tub...
Diggers, diggers, diggers. Scoops, rakes, buckets.
Expect your kid to get proper muddy. But then again, everything but the kid can go in the washing machine.
The last key is food
Good big bowl of porridge in the morning, and a lovely cup of hot chocolate when back it inside. Enjoyed with red cheeks and a generous dollop of whipped cream. That is heavenly memories for me. Memories that I am hoping to create for my son too.