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Getting The Most Out Of Outdoor Play

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.

Outdoor Play



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.

tree climbing

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

washing the car

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

walk in the woods

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

muddy puddles

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?

Getting The Most Out Of Outdoor Play




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I am Sam and owner of StressedMum, I hope you enjoyed reading my latest post, I always love to read comments from my readers


    1st April 2020 at 4:15 pm

    It’s important for kids to get outside as much as possible. MIne love to help my dad in his garden, obviously not at the moment. For now, they have a shared garden that they can use when I can take them.

    • admin
      1st April 2020 at 5:03 pm

      Childen thrive on being outside having fun, I was always very keen for mine to be outside which luckily 2 out of 3 of them loved, the 3rd got made to go out x

  • Rhian Westbury
    2nd April 2020 at 9:37 am

    It must be so tough at the moment, especially for any families who don’t have a garden to make sure that kids get enough outdoor play x

    • admin
      2nd April 2020 at 10:20 am

      It is tough, I know a few people who do not have gardens and are really struggling with getting outside with their kids

  • Liam Wilkinson
    2nd April 2020 at 2:54 pm

    We try to encourage the kids to go out in our garden everyday, especially at the moment, I also get them involved in maintaining the garden, as they can help with it.

    • admin
      2nd April 2020 at 3:28 pm

      My Daughter used to love helping her Grandad with the garden, we even got her, her own little tools as well x

  • Rebecca Smith
    2nd April 2020 at 3:58 pm

    This is great – the kids love going out in the garden and doing a lot of different activities. Jack used to love helping my Dad in the garden.

    • admin
      2nd April 2020 at 6:43 pm

      My Daughter would always be out with my Dad when she was little she was hardly inside

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    2nd April 2020 at 8:55 pm

    If you are self isolating and home schooling little ones than it is so important that you have an outdoor play area or go for walks to get some fresh air

    • admin
      2nd April 2020 at 9:20 pm

      I totally agree, if they were in school they would have break time, getting out in the fresh air is just as important as learning x

  • Laura | Tales of a Natural Spoonie
    3rd April 2020 at 8:12 am

    I love being outside with my three, we only have a small yard but will often just throw a blanket down and have a tea party. This year they are helping me to fill it with edible pot plants and we are all super excited to see what we can grow.

    • admin
      3rd April 2020 at 10:16 am

      Getting outside is so important, and getting the kids interested in gardening and growing is great fun for the whole family

  • Emma Raphael
    3rd April 2020 at 10:16 am

    Before we bought this house, we almost bought one with almost no garden. I had a bad feeling about it so we didn’t go ahead with it. I am so glad we bought this house instead. The garden has been my sanity saver in this strange time!

    • admin
      3rd April 2020 at 10:19 am

      I bet you are glad you did buy one with a garden now, for so many reasons x

  • Kara Guppy
    3rd April 2020 at 2:26 pm

    I need to get mine to wash my car – it is filthy and they have been drawing on it. My kids would rather be outside than in

    • admin
      3rd April 2020 at 2:52 pm

      Mine used to love helping their Dad wash the car it gave me a break as well haha

  • Jess Howliston
    3rd April 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Great post, my two are 5 and 10 and love being outside! I swear outdoor play wears them out more than anything else too. I find when kids are outside if you leave them to it a little they come up with some amazing imaginative games and fun!

    • admin
      3rd April 2020 at 6:00 pm

      I totally agree mine used to play all sorts out in the garden or find things to do x

  • Chérylène
    5th April 2020 at 6:38 pm

    I totally agree, kids do have breaks and PE. Ever since the lockdown, it’s been getting harder to just stay inside. My siblings are too old to “play” outside now and let their imagination run wild but it’s always nice to enjoy the sun and play some games too.

    • admin
      5th April 2020 at 8:13 pm

      No matter what age it is nice to get outside and get some fresh air


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