Doesn’t the sun make such a difference? You may have noticed a strong theme in many
of my blogs about my love for getting outside.
I have to admit, however, that I hate the cold and get fed-up when it
rains all the time, but I try not to let that stop me. I think it’s so important for our wellbeing
and headspace to get out in the fresh air.
And, particularly, as parents.
Not only is it a good habit to install into our kids, I find it actually
relaxes me and Poppi (my three-year-old daughter) and we get on better. Just last week, we’d had a bit of a
frustrating start to the day. Poppi had
bought herself some chick hairclips (something she had her eye on for at least
two months (yes, Easter stuff was in the shops as soon as January
arrived)). The clips, as clips are, were
quite fragile, so the spring fell out of one of them. I tried to fix it but could see it was going
to take some time so went to put it somewhere safe to have a go at later. As I did so the spring rolled out of my hand
and through a gap in the floorboards.
Bother. In the process of looking
for it I managed to knock off a china pig I had painted on a school trip one
year. Bother again. And still no spring. I suggested to Poppi that we headed out on
the scooter for a walk/scoot and a stop at the playpark. As soon as we were out walking both of our
moods improved. We had a lovely time
just watching nature and being outside.
Anyone up for a challenge?
The Easter holidays are approaching and there’s always the question of
what are we going to do to entertain the kids?
Well, here is a very simple, totally free, get-you-out-of-the-house
activity. I remember doing this as a kid
myself and enjoying the creative side of it as well as the outdoor aspect. So, how about having a go at constructing
your own Easter garden? You could have a
competition within the family or work as a team. Poppi’s garden was quite traditional, but why
not include a swimming pool, a football pitch, or a fairground ride?! Endless
opportunities for the imagination…
Easter Gardens (please do share your gardens with us too)
You will need:
A seed tray/empty shallow tub (some mushroom tubs work quite
An outdoor space
To add an extra layer of challenge (and to make it slightly
more educational) I asked Poppi to have a go at writing a list of all the
things she wanted in her garden. The
activity then became a scavenger hunt as well.
The list was a family list, with Poppi as scribe, and each of us added
three items. We then set out to a local
destination to start collecting.
Must just say here, please do respect nature and try and only
pick things that have fallen from trees or are in abundance (forget-me-nots and
wild garlic featured in our garden and had to be picked).
Poppi collected everything and checked off her list. We then returned home and assembled the
garden. A morning’s activity. Boom.
I agree completely. Getting out there in nature and enjoying the fresh air makes such a huge difference in our moods, and seeing the sun and hearing the birds sing has made me so happy this week. I’m also over the endless winter. Love this scavenger hunt you thought of to entertain your daughter! What a fun springtime activity!
Eli Pacheco says
I love stuff like this. I miss it, from having my kids a bit older now. yet, there are still things we can do together like this. Easter sounds like a perfect chance to see what we can come up with.
Getting outside makes me so happy too. I crave sunshine. And gardening! The Easter garden is such a fun idea!
Katie Arnold says
I love that you guys were able to get outside! I've found that it's so good for the soul to connect back in with nature and soak in the sunshine! I've been opening up my patio door when I can and found that my puppy plants himself there for as long as we can. We're both loving the fresh air!