Being a parent I have always been very aware of my children being outside having fun. No matter what age your child is getting outside and having fun is great fun. Which is why we are talking about getting the most out of outdoor play. Especially now while we are all on lockdown.
Head Out Into The Garden
Whether you have babies or your children are older getting outside and letting off some energy is what they need. Don’t forget if they were in school, they would have breaks and PE.
The Younger Ones
For the babies put a blanket down and put a few toys out for them to play with, let them learn to enjoy outside play as they start to grow up and start to explore and play more. They can laugh at their older siblings so they become aware of their surroundings.
Get some outdoor play equipment, when ours were younger we had swings, a slide, a trampoline and a play house. They all used to love being outside playing on these. Although there were the usual sibling arguments when one wanted to go on what the other was playing on at the time. If you have a garden it really is a great way to let your children go outside and have fun.
Let Their Imaginations Go Wild
Let them just go outside and use their imaginations, my Daughter used to love her little car and would clean it like Daddy used to clean ours. Or in the warmer weather a hose pipe (obviously limited play) can give some great fun and laughs.
All mine have loved doing this, we are lucky to have trees in our garden, and if we were not outside, my Daughter would get a garden chair to help her up and stand on it to pretend she was climbing the tree.
Get Them Helping
Why not get them helping, mine used to love helping Daddy clean the car. Make the most of it while they want to help as they soon grow out of it.
Help With The Garden
why not get them helping you with the garden, they can plant some seeds and watch them grow, or help with the weeding. Why not grow some vegetables that they can grow and then have for dinner.
Out And About
How about a walk in the woods, it is amazing how much fun this can be. Apart from doing something as a family you can also
- Look for different leaves
- We used to love the Gruffalo so we would look for the Gruffalo and the other animals
- See what animals we can spot ie squirrels
Put on The Wellies
There is also always a muddy puddle or two to splash and have fun in, a walk in the woods would not be the same without a muddy puddle.
If You Do Not Have A Garden
I know at the moment it is difficult to go out and play, as playgrounds and schools are closed. Get some chalk and draw on paths, or hand painting where it will not get all over your floors.
What have you been doing to get outside?