Is It Ever Too Cold For Kids To Play Outdoors?

I have heard a lot of people mention over the last week that the weather has turned quite cold and that their kids are stuck inside due to the cold weather.  This struck me as a little strange as I have never kept the kids inside because it’s too cold, we simple put on more clothes.

Apparently this isn’t the norm for the UK and parents are clearly worried about their kids getting too cold outside, or maybe the children themselves don’t want to go outside when it’s chilly.  But, maybe we all just need a little reminding that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

The weather up here in Scotland has definitely turned cold, it’s been around 5 degrees during the day for the last few days and tonight it started to snow.  However, we haven’t stayed inside for the last few days, we have still made sure we have had time outdoors whenever we can (clearly we aren’t normally outside all day, but we try and spend at least half a day outdoors).

keeping warm by bonfire

Last Friday was the local Fireworks display and bonfire, so we wrapped up warm in several layers each, with gloves, hats and scarves and we went off to enjoy the display.  As predicted from their early start to the day both boys were tired before the fireworks started and were happily snuggling up to us sitting on the ground beside the rope around the display area.  I knew this would happen so made sure they were both wearing their waterproof trousers to keep them warm and dry when sitting on the wet grass.  Although there were complaints of hunger and tiredness, there was never a complaint of the cold and they soon perked up when the fireworks actually started.


firework display

Frog bikes

Mr O received a new bike last week, which has been brilliant and made cycling a whole lot easier for him.  His old bike was just too stiff and heavy and he constantly got upset when the ground wasn’t very flat as it was such hard work for him.  Now he has a gorgeous new bike from Frog Bikes, that not only looks good, but is so light and easy to pedal and manouvere.  It also has the luxury of gears and a bell, which is possibly his favourite part.

So we have spent a lot of the last week testing out his bike and cycling around the local area, even getting a few evening cycles in well lit areas to practice racing his daddy.  As he was cycling he was keeping pretty warm anyway, but we always make sure he’s wearing a jumper and his cosiest jacket to keep in the heat and have recently bought some thin balaclavas for the boys to wear under their helmets so they can be warm when cycling.  Gloves are a must when your fingers are on the handles for long periods of time too.

kids hill walk

cold weather for kids

On Monday we had a little mini expedition up to the top of a local hill, called Dumyat, which overlooks Stirling.  The hill is a great walk for younger kids as you actually park part way up the hill on the Sherrifmuir road, so they get experience of climbing a hill, without the walk from the base.  It still took a couple of hours to get to the top with a few rests on the way and a small boy on my back screaming (just for 10 minutes before we got to the top) from tiredness, hunger and getting uncomfortable sat in the carrier.

view from Ochils

walk Stirling kids

Fortunately littlest was happy once he had lunch at the top and a little stretch of his legs.  The views were great, although the wind was pretty chilly, so we were glad for our hats and scarves!  Littlest had more layers on than his brother (check out his new fleece lined Kozi Kidz jacket and their Arctic Fox hats from Wet Wednesdays), but this is because he was sitting still on my back for most of the way and not running about to keep warm.

keep warm walking hills kids

too cold for kids

keep kids warm winter

We have managed all of these adventures this week, despite the cold, so it really can be done.  Just remember to layer up and don’t forget the hat, gloves and scarves.  It’s better to be too warm and take layers off to carry them than getting too cold and not having enough layers to keep warm.

cosy kids in winter

Enjoy the winter weather!

J x


  1. November 9, 2016 / 7:07 am

    I love how much you get out and about and I have to say we don’t very often let the weather stop us having fun outside either!xx

  2. November 9, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Fabulous adventures you’ve had and the views look amazing as always. I’m still determined to get my kids outside despite the weather turning colder but as you say you just need to add those layers. #Whatevertheweather

  3. November 9, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Oh, I completely agree. Especially living in the UK, we’d miss out on half the year if we don’t wrap up and get outdoors. The world takes on a new beauty in the winter time, its a shame to miss out!

  4. November 9, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Love how much you get outside. We love getting outside and we dont tend to let the weather stop us either. Unfortunately its lack of time as we always have other stuff planned #whatevertheweather x

  5. November 10, 2016 / 12:55 am

    oh wow I can’t even imagine what 5 degree days feel like. It gets cold over winter and if we go to the mountains it will be that low and lower. Overnight and some mornings we get the rare zero. But I agree we just need to dress warmer. We actually holiday a lot in winter simply because no one else does and so caravan parks and beaches are deserted and we get total freedom. Summertime you can barely park near a beach and it’s crowded. #whatevertheweather

  6. November 10, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    The thing with living in the UK is that if we only go out in good weather, we’d be hibernating for most of the year! The thing is to be prepared, it’s actually fun getting wrapped up, we had a lovely morning out in the rain this week (I’ll write it up for #whatevertheweather next week).

  7. November 10, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I would love to agree with you but M finds it so hard to keep warm. We go out but sometimes only last a 10 minutes before she cries from the cold. This will be with thermals, winter woolies and snowsuits. That was last winter when we had the mild winter. She does appear to keep her heat more now but she has always suffered from the cold since birth. Her brother, however, would go out in his nappy and still be warm!!!

  8. November 11, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Oh it makes me cross, children need to be outdoors and wrapping them up in cotton wool and keeping them inside is bad for them in so many ways, not least that their immune systems will be weaker. I totally agree that it’s never too cold to be outside. No such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes as they say!

  9. November 11, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Glad the outdoor gear is coming into its own now the weather has turned. Fab pictures of O and A in their outdoor gear! Kids learning through play in beautiful surroundings. We look forward to seeing and hearing of your future adventures! The boys certainly have the location for it xx

  10. November 15, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. Kids are so adaptable and, given the right stimulus, they’ll forget all about the weather. The hill you can park halfway up is great as they get the benefits of the views for less effort, giving them encouragement to try other hills. Lovely photos as always.

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