BURRILLVILLE – We have had some real ups and downs recently with our weather patterns, but the calendar month is still February, and it’s another three weeks until the first day of spring in March. One day it’s in the 60s, and then we get hit with colder temperatures and a snowstorm, just like the one we had move over us a couple of days ago.
This week’s Sunday Cartoon reminds kids to be extra careful when participating with outdoor winter activities in and around their neighborhoods. First thing kids need to remember is to make sure that they are bundled up with proper winter weather coats, scarves, gloves, mittens, hats and boots while playing outside in the snow. Even your very own snowman needs a scarf and mittens.
If kids are shoveling or participating in activities that require they use their muscles and remain active, then they need to take breaks and pace themselves.
Lastly, kids need to limit their outdoor winter activities and go inside their homes and apartments often to get warm. Staying outside for long periods of time can cause a child to become stressed and overly tired, and could also lead to illness such as a cold or the flu, especially if they are engaged in outdoor fun with other kids.
This coloring cartoon is great for students returning back to schools, libraries, daycare centers, youth centers and active in outdoor winter sports. Pediatric doctors offices, hospitals, family clinics and urgent cares are also great places to provide kids and families with these injury-prevention and life saving coloring safety tips for children. Please feel free to copy the image below and pass it out to kids in these locations and environments during the rest of the winter season to help keep them safer, and share it on social networks. You can find other winter safety coloring cartoons on this website by searching back to previous Sunday Cartoons, published every week just for kids.
Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades. Jim was also appointed to Children Across America as their events and creative director for their child safety programs initiatives and outreach kids safety campaigns nationwide.