Outdoor Activities With Your Kids – Motherhood Mondays (5)
Welcome back to Motherhood Mondays, I hope you are enjoying this series so far and it is proving useful in some way to you! This week I wanted to chat about the importance of being outside and getting into nature. A reason I wanted to write about this, is due to a recent stat really scaring me:
A recent UK study commissioned by the National Trust found that children spend half the time playing outside that their parents did.
It can be SO hard, with so much going on (especially in cities) and just being stuck for ideas all the time. It’s also hard because electronics are predominant in everyones lives now, so this is what our kids will see, sometimes without us having a choice. But I wanted to put together a little list of ideas and some things that me and Shay have done to get outside more!
1. GET CYCLING
We love to cycle! We cycle to and from nursery, sometimes to the shops and around the parks near us. I’ve recently got Shay a little bike seat from Yep – I did my research and this was my favourite one and most stylish. It makes everything quick and fun – a great way to nip about. My bike is from Bobbin Cycles – in pink!
2. SCOPE OUT PARKS
We love the national trust park near Wandsworth! It’s got lots of activities going on, beautiful lakes and just great for the family. When it’s warmer out, great place to take a picnic for no cost at all. TOP TIP: Give your children a jar and let them catch bugs.
3. HEAD TO A FARM
Farms are great and children generally love seeing the animals. We went to one in Brighton called Washbrooks Family Farm, it was honestly the best place for kids. It has little tractors, petting areas, huge playgrounds and a cafe for babychinos and coffee!!
4. ORGANISE A PLAY DATE
Organising an outside play date will mostly mean that you HAVE to go, no matter the weather, and that is great. Have your umbrellas at the ready, pop your wellies on (if it’s raining) and watch your kids socialise with others. It also means, you get a chat with other parents and is fun for everyone.
5. NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE BIG
Something I have been learning more recently, is that kids are entertained by the smallest things; find your nearest railway station, wander around your local town or try out a new route to the shop. Any normal activity can end up an adventure.
What do you think? Share with me your ideas over on my instagram @madeleine_shaw_ and let’s #getoutside
Lots of love,