Some kids are independent and can dress themselves to go outside with all the appropriate gear. Other children may need help remembering all the items needed.
Since most of my children are neurodivergent, I always need to help them get dressed to go play outside. I have done the Montessori method with all of my children, but the ones with special needs still need extra help. The task can be exhausting and frustrating, especially when they put things on in the wrong order like boots and gloves before the snow pants and coat. (That one is my fav combo *note the sarcasm*)
My 8 year old has been loving our Daily Rhythm Calendar from Treehouse Schoolhouse so he asked me today if I could make a visual chart to help him get dressed by himself to play outside in the snow. HOW SMART!
So I ran to the computer and made this quick visual guide to to help kids get dressed to play outside in the snow!
I realize this chart might not work for everyone, but wanted to share it with you for FREE in case it could help someone else get their kids dressed and out the door a little faster! Especially since we want to make sure we get that 1000 Hours Outside in!
WHY GLOVES BEFORE THE COAT?! Anyone watching me dress my kids always asks about this because obviously once they put the gloves on, they can't easily zip their own coat. Well, I always zip their coats for them. Why? Because if they put their gloves on before their coat, it helps keeps the snow from going up their sleeves - a huge pet peeve especially for those with sensory processing disorder! I get SNOW STOPPERS waterproof long cuff winter gloves for all my kids because it ensures no one gets snow up their sleeves with my gloves then coat method of dressing.
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Enjoy the snow!
BONUS LARGE FAMILY HACK!
With 4 boys constantly growing and passing down their clothes to the next in line, I try to get ALL their snow gear of each size in the same color so that they can easily identify what they need to grab for themselves and helps me when I put that size away for the next child.
Size 12-24 mos is blue. Snowsuit, hat, mittens, and boots are blue.
Size 3-4 is red. Snowsuit, hat, gloves and boots are red.
Size 5-6 is black. Snow pants, coat, gloves and balaclava are black.
Size 7-8 is green. Snow pants are black, coat, gloves, hats are green.
Size 10-12 is blue. Snow pants are black, coat, hat, and gloves are blue. (And we recently scored a second-hand Obermeyer snowsuit in blue that he loves!)
If you want to have snow gear that lasts for multiple children, I highly recommend Lands End Waterproof Iron Knee Snow Pants. You can use any coat you want, but man, these snow pants are indestructible. My first pair of these have gone through 3 children using them for 2-3 years each and they are still in great condition. Other snow pants have barely made it through one season.
I recommend getting them out of season, one size up, when Land’s End is having a 30-40% off sale. Plan ahead and you will save money and avoid frustration!