What to Wear

It only take one cold, wet, miserable child to dampen the experience for the entire class. The teachers will show examples of appropriate outdoor wear during the parent orientation evening in September, and they are always willing to provide information on outdoor wear any other time of the year.

Basics

Here are some of the basics:

  • Rubber boots should be big enough to permit a pair of wool socks to be worn inside; allowing ‘wiggle room” also creates ‘dead-air space’ which assists in insulating the foot. Socks should assist in wicking moisture away from the skin, cotton tends to sweat easily and does not do a great job at wicking moisture away from the skin!!
  • Good quality rain wear (coat and pants) will enhance your child’s enjoyment of the wet weather. When purchasing clothing think about whether it will keep your child dry (the dew can be heavy in tall grass on Fall mornings), warm, and comfortable.
  • Gloves are not recommended.  They do not allow the child’s body heat to aid in keeping fingers warm and most preschoolers cannot reliably get their fingers into all the correct holes!  Waterproof mittens are best in winter with lighter mitts reserved for early fall and spring.
  • Snowsuits should be warm and fairly waterproof and allow for independent dressing.
  • Neck warmers are preferred over scarves for safety reasons and ease of putting on.

Mittens, no gloves!