Mitten Weather

Child covering face with mittenAs we prepare for the cooler fall and winter weather, please remember to bring your child with the appropriate clothing to venture outside each day.

Layering is important for indoor comfort that can easily adapt to also being outdoors. We recommend waterproof mittens so children can comfortably actively engage in play and keep melting snow away from their fingers. Longer armed mittens can be especially helpful for children who like to frequently take off their mittens.

We have samples of children’s wear available at school from a company named Oakiwear. They offer a wide variety of high-quality children’s waterproof rain and snow gear, including mittens and boots. If you are interested in any of these items for your child, please visit their website. You can also find gear locally at Midwest Mountaineering, REI, or other outdoor focused retailers, however sometimes finding very small sizes of high-quality gear can be challenging.

After you find the perfect gear to keep your child warm and comfortable year-round, please be sure to label everything as getting 18 pairs of mittens or snow pants back to their correct home can be a challenge at the end of the day. If you have black mittens or snow pants, we recommend a silver permanent marker to make the name clearly visible.

We are excited for a year of exploration and joy, and we welcome you to join in the leafy and wintery fun as well. Bring your warm boots and gloves to join us in the leaves or mittens to join us once the snow starts to fly for snowshoeing or quinzhee making. If you have any questions about weather or gear, please contact me in the office at will0342@umn.edu or 612-624-9543.

There’s also a song that I like to sing that goes along with putting on mittens:

Thumb in the thumb place

Fingers all together

This is the song

We sing in mitten weather

Sheila Williams Ridge HeadshotBy Sheila Williams Ridge