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Focus on Winter Fun & Safety
January 2023 | Issue 229
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Heading outside for some wintertime fun like sledding, throwing snowballs or ice skating can be a sure-fire cure for cabin fever. It's also a great way for kids to get the 60 minutes of daily exercise they need. Just be sure your child is dressed right—and know when it's time to come in and warm up. Go to article.

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Winter is a tricky time for car seats. As a general rule, bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. In a crash, fluffy padding in a coat immediately flattens out from the force, leaving extra space under the harness. A child can then slip through the straps and be thrown from the seat.

Here are some tips to help strike that perfect balance between keeping little ones warm as well as safely buckled in their car seats.

 "Working" Side-By-Side 
Stuck inside because of a winter storm? Enlisting kids to help cook is a chance to connect through simple play. Involve them in meal preparation, like adding veggies to a tossed salad. Also gather some of their play food and kitchen-themed toys at the table. They can explore these while you're at the stove. Even empty pasta or cereal boxes or oatmeal and spice containers can be great fun! The conversation and just being present with one another while you play (and work!) side-by-side is what's most important here.
Read more in this month's Power of Play article, Indoor Play Ideas: Fun Ways for Families to Connect.  Find printable play sheets for January here.
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