Recently, with the influx of available land here in Detroit, Community Gardening has become more than just a concept. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to drive by a neighborhood that doesn’t have a community garden. Community Gardening with children is so much fun,especially in the fall and winter months.
In Michigan we have more cold winter days than most states. Keeping our kids active and getting their blood pumping during the fall and winter months can sometimes be a daunting task. It’s important to note kids should be and stay active throughout the year, regardless the climate. We found fall/winter gardening to be a great way to introduce farming all year around. Who knew urban kids would love farming so much? The kids can’t wait to pick their seeds in the summer and plant them for harvest in the fall and winter. Butternut squash, collard greens, mustard greens and kale are a few vegetables with a fall harvest. Pumpkins also are harvested in the fall.
Study’s show, kids that stay active all year long, are less likely to suffer from obesity and obesity associated illnesses. A simple game of hide-n-go-seek, jump rope or even tag everyday for at least 20 minutes is all it takes to keep kids active. Let’s face it, kids love the outdoors. It’s adults who tell kids it’s too cold to go out and play. When kids wear appropriately fitting clothes, including gloves/ mittens, socks, coats, and hats they can enjoy fun outdoors everyday. Besides, running jumping and constantly moving gets the blood pumping to their arms, hands, feet and everywhere in between to keep YOU and them warm. Please, don’t let the fall/winter weather keep you and your kids from enjoying outdoor play. In case you were wondering…..? Yes! Building a snowman counts as outdoor play! Share your snowman pics in the comments below!
The Voice of Play is an education and advocacy initiative of the non-profit membership association, IPEMA, formed to educate and promote the benefits of children’s free outdoor play and playgrounds. Through the Voice of Play website and social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of play.