We just bought some of the new Oaki rain pants during their seasonal sale, so I thought I'd review them a bit here so others can see what they look like in action!
In this video you'll see some of the following outdoor gear items (that we use daily). A few of these links are affiliate links, which means you're paying the same for the item, but Kinder.Earth might receive a small commission for referring you to the product. Important to note: Kinder.Earth did NOT receive any compensation or free gear from Oaki for filming this video or recommending these pants.
After 2.5 years of getting my son ready for outdoor preschool, we have some pretty refined routines for getting ready. While I am able watch what other parents do with their kids when they arrive at school, we rarely get a chance to discuss what they're doing at home to get ready. I've never even THOUGHT about asking what they do the night BEFORE school, but the other day a parent posted a photo of her 3 kids wearing their base layers to bed. We also wear our base layer shirt to bed (because my son tends to get too hot at night for both top and bottom), so it was fun to see them doing something similar. Then I realized, what if other parents hadn't thought of this time-saving trick yet?
Here are a few tips about how to prepare for outdoor preschool the Night Before School:
I also wrote recommendations for what to do in the morning and once you get to school (whether you're walking, biking, or driving to school) on cold and wet days. These are available as a free download through the Kinder.Earth Newsletter.
Click here if you'd like me to email you this free PDF! It describes what we do the night before school, the morning of school, and when we get to school.
- Teacher Kendall
Lately I've noticed kids coming to nature school with backpacks stuffed with additional insulating layers. The fact is, during the school day teachers don't have time to take kids' outer layers, mittens, and boots off to put another insulating layer on (especially not pants). Occasionally, if a kid is really cold, we'll take their rain jacket off and put another fleece or puffy jacket underneath, but usually we only add outer layers like neck warmers, hats, and mittens. And believe me, mittens going on and off (and on and off) already take up half of our time on cold days.
Teachers need to be able to assume that students have the appropriate amount of base and insulating layers on when they arrive at school. This needs to be done at home, where it's warm.
Think about layers this way: the goal is to keep a child's core so warm they don't have to wear bulky mittens. So when in doubt, put another layer on!
- Teacher Kendall
Dr. Kendall Becherer
Kendall is an author, photographer, teacher, and learning scientist who loves helping parents & teachers find new ways of connecting with their children.