Monday, 4 February 2013

Winter Weather Survival For Cold Weather Fun!

The Spark:
If you look outdoors during the winter time, you can see all of the trees in your neighbourhood just standing there in the snow.  Trees and plants can't run indoors to hide from the cold weather, they can't migrate south to sunny locations, and they certainly can't make a warm soup or throw on some cozy clothes to keep them extra warm during winter.  So, how do they do it?  How do trees and plants brave the winter months and survive?  Are their winter survival tactics the same as ours?  How long do you think you could last if you were standing outdoors, all winter long, without moving, and had no warm clothes on?  I don't think you would last very long.  Plants have adapted over time to brave extremely cold winter weather and survive by creating a type of antifreeze in order to prevent ice crystals from forming inside their cells and to prevent desiccation outside the cells.

We love to get outdoors in the winter time to play.  To keep warm we dress warmly as well as drink warm liquids and soups to keep our body temperatures up and keep us hydrated.  Keeping our bodies moving through physical activity is also extremely important outdoors as it keeps our body temperature warm.  Are you interested in testing you bodies ability to keep warm during winter play?  Let's get outdoors and play during the winter freeze! 

Are you interested in testing your ability to keep warm, healthy, and active during winter play?  Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Start your quest to test your ability to play in winter weather without compromising your body's well-being.  Start your quest with the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why: To be able to get outdoors in the winter time to play in the snow and cold without compromising your body's well-being.
What:  To dress warmly, get outdoors, and play winter games to increase physical activity for warmth, fitness, and health.
Who:  You, your family, and friends. 
Where:  In a nearby patch of nature, a park, your backyard, or wood lot.
When:  During the winter months and as soon as you can get organized.
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH., or is it?

Take Action:

A big part of your body's ability to survive outdoors in the cold weather depends on if you dressed properly.  Watch the video to find out how before heading outdoors.

Keeping physically fit and active helps you body temperature to rise and keep you warm while you play outdoors.  You don't need expensive equipment for fun winter recreation.  Try these outdoor winter fun activities.  Gather your family and friends and set up a winter relay.

Follow the leader.  Make snow prints and see if your friends can follow your path.

Take timed turns to see who can roll the biggest snowball in the shortest time.

Make a snowball target. 

Hula hoop in the snow with your snow suit on and see who can do it for the longest period of time.

Set up hurdles and jump them in the snow.

Make a perfect snow angel.

Play timed freeze tag and see who plays without getting caught.

Play find the flag in an area with boundaries.

Balance a small bit of water in a spoon and see if your can drop it in a far off bucket without letting the water freeze.

Don't Stop Here:
Keep on researching and finding out more about how plants and people adapt to survive the cold winter weather.  Who knows, it may turn out to be one of your passions in life.  Don't forget, if you have a hunch about something just drop us an email and we'll give it a whirl and get back to you.

Quest Check:
We are extremely interested in keeping you extremely interested on your quest to imagine, explore, play, learn about, and protect nature.  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

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