This is a guest blog post by Fiona Longmuir from StorkUp. Enjoy!
Phew! The sun is shining, the temperature is rising and the parks are full. Seems like summer might be here at last! After a rather miserable few months, this is the perfect chance to spend time outdoors with your lovely little ones. I love spending time outside with children - their ability to find wonder in ordinary things is contagious, and always seems stronger when they’re outdoors. Outdoors doesn’t always have to mean heading to the busy parks. When the weather is nice, even a day in the garden can turn into an adventure.
Here are my ideas for a perfect summer’s day in the garden - tried and tested with my favourite little people!
Have a picnic! Kids love having ordinary routines shaken up, so why not take lunch outside? Spread a blanket on the grass, bring out all the dollies and teddies you can find, cut your sandwiches into triangles, make up a jug of squash and top it off with a big bowl of yummy, colourful fruit. This is a fun way to spend time to spend some time together, and picnics are a great way to get even the fussiest eaters excited about food. The best picnic food is even healthy - although a few ice-lollies always go down well!
Organise a Scavenger Hunt. Send your little ones hunting round the garden with a list of items to find and a jar to put them in. Keeping descriptions simple and visual creates a great learning activity for younger kids, allowing them to explore ideas like colour and shape in their own way. We had lots of fun finding yellow flowers, round leaves and long grass. For older kids, games like this usually work best if there’s a bit of competition, so invite some of their friends around and make certificates for the person who finds all the items fastest! If they are old enough, introducing a camera and asking them to take photos of objects rather than collecting them can add a fun new dimension to the game, as well as broadening the things you can find! We found funny clouds, little birds and big planes.
Cover Up. Nobody likes getting sunburned, so it’s a good idea to spend some of the day in the shade. Get your hands on a play tent, there are loads of sweet, summery ones available, or make your own! Instructions on building a blanket fort here: Click Here Fill it up with goodies and have a tea party, take turns to tell stories, or even just go for a little midday siesta with your little ones. Outdoor dens always feel like a bit of an adventure, and it’s a good way to keep tots safe from the sun without having them stuck inside. After all, who knows when the next time we see sun might be? Everyone wants to make the most of it!
Get Dirty! Lots of people use sunny days as time to get their garden looking gorgeous, so why not get the little ones involved? Pulling up weeds, watering plants and planting new flowers are all activities that are simple and fun. Kids love helping out, and this is a brilliant chance to teach them a little about how things grow - a subject which both my little sisters find endlessly fascinating! But undeniably, their favourite thing about this activity is that it’s a chance to get good and messy without the grown ups getting mad. Just make sure you give them a hose down before you go back inside!
Thank you Fiona for doing our guest blog. We love your ideas for activities on Summery days too. Check out Stork Up guys, it's a fabulous website for all your baby needs.