Why Mud Pies and Snow Castles are Good for Kids
Finnish Parents Applaud Curiosity and Exploration
In Finland, there’s a well-known saying: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Suitable clothing is absolutely necessary when you have months of sub-zero temperatures in winter and wind and rain the rest of the year.
Despite the seemingly inhospitable Finnish weather, Finns have a special relationship with nature, which starts from early childhood. Finnish parents applaud curiosity and exploration, and often encourage their kids to spend time outdoors making mud pies, building snow castles, and splashing around in puddles. Getting dirty is just part of childhood. With suitable clothing, Finnish children are protected from the elements, leaving them free to discover the joy of movement.
The Freedom of Movement
Movement is one of our first learning experiences. As babies begin to move, their world expands. Seemingly small experiments like wiggling toes and fingers, turning over, and moving physical objects all shape how we learn to explore the world around us – and it’s important that we continue this experimentation with movement as we grow.
Clothing and outerwear can either help or hinder kids’ experiments with movement. The wrong clothes limit movement and freedom. Kids who must stay indoors when it’s cold or avoid puddles that might stain their clothing don’t get to expand their world through the learning experience of movement. Making mud pies shouldn’t be a no-no, because it’s simply what kids do. With the right clothes, on the other hand, kids feel encouraged to run, jump, and play. They’re not afraid to get dirty, and have the freedom to splash in muddy puddles and climb trees. Parents don’t need to worry, either – when kids are prepared with the right clothes, they can explore to their heart’s content.
Safe and Protected
Safety, of course, is just as important as freedom. Kids are still kids, after all. At Reima, we create products that let kids explore the world as safely as possible. From fabrics to functional details like detachable hoods, every part of a Reima product is thoughtfully designed with safety in mind. The materials we use are always non-toxic and durable enough to protect kids in all weather conditions, while also being comfortable. Innovative products like Vibram Arctic Grip and Reima Vilkku Reflective Mittens are designed specifically to help kids safely navigate challenges like ice and low-visibility weather. New fabrics are not only tested in laboratories – both our own and third party labs – but they’re field-tested by real running, jumping, playing children, too.
With clothing that focuses on safety, kids can focus on discovering the joy of movement that will help them learn about themselves and the world. And in our opinion, it’s what they do best! So, have you challenged your kids to a mud pie-making contest or a race through the rain lately? If not, it’s time to head outdoors! Reima’s got your kids covered.