Five Fun Outdoor Activities That Your Child Will Love

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Sometimes it can be hard to get your children out the door and into the sunshine, but it’s really just a matter of picking the right activities. When you are trying to choose, do make sure you consider your child’s interests, as well as any costs that may be incurred. If you decide on something a little more involved, you might need some equipment to help you get started, and for activities like skateboarding or blading, specialists like Penny Skateboards UK can help you find the right things for your child. For those of you who may be a little more undecided, here are five activities your child will adore. 

Swimming

Every child loves playing around in water, and swimming in a pool is good exercise, as well as getting the children out of the house and into the pool. For a special treat, plan a trip to the beach or pool parties with friends, and make it into a fun and social event.


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Mr A getting to grips with his new Nikon 


Photography

Photography is a great way to get children outside. Their natural inquisitiveness will be multiplied many times over through the lens of a camera. You won’t even need to buy an expensive camera – in fact, disposable cameras are probably the best as they can survive being dropped and knocked about by children. Take them to a different place each week and let them explore and take photos of the things they like or are interested in, and then pop them into an album once they are developed as a collection.




Toddler Art
Mr A making some wild art



Make some Wild Art

Making some wild art will not only get the kids outside, it will also teach them how to follow basic instructions while being creative . This project can be as big or as small as a simple as you want. Your children will love being able to gather sticks, leaves and bits and bobs from nature and put it together in a lovely piece of artworks, and it also allows for you to join in and spend some quality family time together.

Hide and Seek

Hide and seek seems like a game that is too childish for some, but every person has a soft spot for this game. By moving it outside – with boundaries, of course – you will get your child out the door and moving around, whether it be while they are trying to find somewhere to hide or as the seeker. 



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Mr A loves playing hide and seek


Water painting

Like hide and seek, this sounds too simple, but kids will be guaranteed to love it. All you really need is a couple of paintbrushes and a bucket of water. The water acts as the paint on the pavement or the driveway, and you can spend hours with them creating their masterpieces. Best of all, unlike real paint, there is hardly any mess at all!

So there you have it – five fun outdoor activities you can try with your children. If you are still stumped for ideas, try asking your children as well. You never know – they might have brilliant ideas of their own that they want to try out.


For those of you who have or have had children, what outdoor activities did you encourage your children to participate in? Do you have any suggestions for specific age groups – for example, toddlers, primary school aged children and teenagers? To contribute, leave a comment or a thought down below.


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A West Wales Adventure


Bantwen Cottage

beautiful view

 Two weeks ago, after an impromptu talk with mother about how we needed a low stress mini break, she was off finding a last minute deal and came across this beautiful detached Croft Thatched cottage in West Wales and we jumped at the chance. My mother booked it through Under The Thatch who have a small but beautiful collection of unique and character filled properties and they had two nights available for a late booking at a really great price (wish it could have been longer though) so with only a day or two to prepare we headed off.

I always feel really lucky that we don't live to far from truly inspirational places such as West Wales and I often think that we overlook what is basically on our doorstep. It was so peaceful and the cottage had a lovely large garden with an apple tree and luckily enough for us the weather was dry which meant two nights spent eating outside, overlooking beautiful views across a valley and countryside.

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Original cottage


I was really taken by the interior of the cottage which has been sympathetically restored and everything was in keeping with it's age and character. It had the cutest little windows and a small but very well equipped kitchen, from where we watched rabbits racing across the driveway each morning. The beds were incredibly comfy and I easily drifted off into a deep sleep on both nights, as did the little man. The lounge had a wonderful log burner and despite the small size of the cottage it had a separate dinning room and three bedrooms, two which were almost hidden with secret doors leading to very steep stairs into the loft above.


kitchen


Welsh cottage

Whenever I stay in the countryside I realise that is were I am most happy, it may be an age thing that I no longer need to hustle and bustle of a city, maybe it's my heart defect that has changed my outlook on life or perhaps wanting to give Mr A an outdoor childhood like I had, I don't know, I just hope one day I end up somewhere out here.


Sweet Dreams - Bed perfection

inspirational quote
I think this is a good quote to live by (image)


It's surprising how many of us sleep on uncomfortable, old and basically unsuitable beds, especially when you think how many hours we spend on this one piece of furniture. Surely it should be one of the most important purchases we make, yet we often overlook, even John and I can put our hands up and say that we have gone for way to long without replacing our bed and it's now being put to the top of the list of must have things for the house, especially since sleep and the quality of your sleep is so important to your physical and mental wellbeing.
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beautiful bed
How beautiful and cosy does this bed look? (image)

Personally I find lack of sleep really does affect my mood and makes me less attentive and when you have a toddler running around if your not on your game it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or get a little short with them, which is not fair on them. Also you are more likely to eat more when you are tired which overtime can lead to unnecessary weight gain. A good nights sleep can also improve your skin, your immune system and your memory and no matter how busy all of our lives have become in this modern world, sleep is one thing we should not ignore.

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I always feel much better after a good night filled with wonderful dreams (image)


I think what we have struggled with is finding something that fits both of us in terms of what we what. We know one thing for sure that since becoming parents that a double bed is simply not big enough and we have endured nearly 4 years of having to share it with two adults (and on 3 out of 7 nights) with a toddler as well, so a king or a queen size bed is on the cards.


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We have since outgrown our double bed since having Mr A


John is very much about comfort and to him the mattress is the most important part, he works long hours, of which most is spent standing and he can often suffer from mild back ache so a nice firm mattress that also adapts to your body shape as well as being hypo-allergenic (I have allergies and he has Asthma) is very important. We will probably go with a long-standing company such as Sealy which have been going for over 60 years and have built a legacy of uncompromising comfort. I think when budgets are tight it's easy to go with cheaper options but in the long term it's really worth investing in a decent mattress as it's something thats going to be supporting your body and your back from around 7 hours each day.


vintage bed frame
This reminds me a lot of the vintage bed I had growing up as a kid (image)

I am very much into the visual side of things. I love vintage french beds with sturdy frames, something simple and not over the top but well made. My mother bought me a beautiful single bed from an antique store when I was young, it had a solid white steel frame which reminded me of an old hospital bed in the 1940s, it was so sturdy and at that age I really put it to the test but jumping up and down in it constantly, making den and making magical worlds under the bed.



loft bed
As long as it's a good mattress I would totally have a bed on the floor like this one (image)

Either way we want to invest in a bed that will stay with us for years. Something fairly classical and timeless but also provides us with a place to drift away into a real deep sleep.


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