Outdoor Blog Roundup – February

Outdoor Play Roundup

We have a lovely mixed bunch for you on the Roundup this month with posts about searching for the first signs of spring to fun with crates. We hope you enjoy!

One of the lovely things about late winter is that some of our first flowers start to appear as spring takes hold and gets ready to take over. Wild about here shared a lovely post about spotting colourful flowers at this time of year including a fabulous spotter sheet that is well worth printing out and taking along on your walks with you.

Everybody knows kids love a cardboard box but who knew about crates? Wonderful fellow outdoor play party co-host Learning for Life shared a great post about the amazing diversity of crates in children’s play. So if you can get hold of any for your garden or your school it certainly seems like they will be well worth the very small investment involved.

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Lastly we loved these grass caterpillars shared by Red Ted Art. They are so very cute and so easy to make. The perfect way to get your kids into gardening.

Over on facebook we discovered a fabulous new Forest Schools Kindergarten based in Sheffield. The will be running The Dangerous Adventure Club over the Easter which sounds like so much fun! We would love to see more of these across the country.

 Please do share your posts with us here at Adventure Togs and tell us how you have been playing outdoors this fortnight.

Outdoor Blog Roundup – January

Outdoor Play Roundup

It’s time for the first Outdoor Play Roundup of 2015 and we have some lovely wintery posts for you all to enjoy.

First up the lovely The Boy and Me started their new year enjoying the beach on Barry Island. They made a cracking moat and waited for the tide to come in and fill it up. This is something we think everyone should try at least once. It looks like great fun!

We absolutely loved this post from Mummy LogicHere are two sticks.  Her post just goes to show how wonderful sticks are for our children’s imagination. Something so simple yet utterly magical.

With all the snow in the news we know some of you are feeling left out. Coombe Mill has the answer though with their Snow Free Snowmen. With these there is no need to miss out, who needs snow hey?

Last but not least we loved Wild Family Fun’s post about not letting winter get in the way of their outdoor play. We love their spirit and think their photos are fabulous. How much fun have you had outdoors this winter?

Now it’s time for this week’s Outdoor Play Party. My featured post for this week is Bubba Blue and Me’s post Frost Doesn’t Stop Play. We loved reading about how the cold never seems to stop her boy getting outdoors and as a Mum of boys myself, I loved seeing them roughhousing and having fun despite the cold. Do your kids feel the cold or do they long outlast you when the temperature drops?

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Outdoor Blog Roundup – December

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Merry Christmas everyone. We hope you are all suitably stuffed from all that Christmas food and that you have all had a magical time. What a wonderful time of the year it is! If you are ready for the Christmas wind down we have some lovely December posts to share that will have you back outdoors and playing in no time.

The first is from the fabulous Wild Family Fun. If your kids are ready to step up the risk factor in 2015 but the weather is holding you back then try an indoor climbing wall. These girls made it look easy and show us why climbing is a great sport to get involved in.

For all you fabulous teachers out there, the wonderful Kierna from Learning for Life shared a great guest post about how the children in Iceland learn to manage risk. Can you believe it? They don’t have to fill in risk assessments!

Red Peffer has the perfect way to blow away all those Christmassy cobwebs with a lovely welly walk. They have been visiting a local National Trust property but we reckon any muddy spot in your locale will do nicely.

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Last but never least is Planet Pals Blog’s amazing ways to play in the snow. If you haven’t already got snow yet (we haven’t!) then be sure to pin this one because there are some great ideas in here. We can’t wait to try some snow painting!

Are your kids already fed up with all their toys? Over on facebook the fabulous Woodland Trust – nature detectives shared their 20 things to do with sticks download. Ahh, there is no better toy than a stick!

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Don’t forget to let us know if any of the posts have inspired you to play outdoors or to share your own ideas with us. You can contact us on our facebook page Adventure Togs or catch up with us on twitter @Adventure Togs

Outdoor Blog Roundup – November

Outdoor Play Roundup

Well a wet winter has well and truly set in but going by what you have all been up to it hasn’t put anyone off their outdoor play time. Here are some of our favourite outdoor play posts from the last month.

Eeek! It isn’t long until Christmas now! Have you done all your pressie shopping yet? Project Wild Thing has the best list of wild explorer books that will be perfect for your little nature lover. Do you have any good Christmas pressie ideas for the outdoors kid?

What with all the wet weather there is no excuse not to have been out enjoying the muddy puddles. Red peffer and family have certainly been making the best of them having lots of muddy fun. Just what we like to see.

Let kids be kids has been sharing a fabulous fizzy science experiement. This is an oldie but such a goodie, your kids will loving watching the exploding fizz.

And last but never least is A family day out’s deep mine adventure at Blaenavon’s ironworks and museum. If you are looking for a fun family day out this place is well worth a look, definitely one to add to the diary for the spring when it reopens.

Ready to go down the mine, Big Pit

Over on facebook Bushcraft UK shared this fabulous article on How to keep hill walking over winter. We love hill walking here at Adventure Togs and there are some great tips in this article. Do any of you enjoy hill walking? If so do the kiddies come with you?

Don’t forget to let us know if any of the posts have inspired you to play outdoors or to share your own ideas with us. You can contact us on our facebook page Adventure Togs or catch up with us on twitter @Adventure Togs

 

Outdoor Blog Roundup – October

Outdoor Play Roundup

It is nearly time to say goodbye to October already and this month we have been spoilt for choice with some fabulous posts going up around the blogging community. Here are just a small selection of our favourite outdoor play posts from this month.

The Boy and Me have been visiting their local pick your own to p-p-p-pick their perfect pumpkin. We think this is a great way to celebrate October and the colours of those pumpkins are just amazing!

We absolutely adored the fabulous Coombe Mill’s post sharing their sensory learning fun with fairies and goblins. There are some great ideas in here for little ones and we especially loved the scattering of fairy food. How cute!

If you are looking for somewhere to visit Mummy M’s Memories recommends Formby Beach. With a forest and beach all in one place it sounds like the perfect place to play and well worth a visit!

Last but absolutely not least Over there to Here have shared a fabulous post about Mushroom hunting. Who knew fungi could be so fun?

Over on facebook and sticking to the fungi theme we were inspired by this video shared by Woodland UK. Will you run down the path of knowledge as fast as you can?

Don’t forget to let us know if any of the posts have inspired you to play outdoors or to share your own ideas with us. You can contact us on our facebook page Adventure Togs or catch up with us on twitter @Adventure Togs

Outdoor Blog Roundup – September

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It’s that time of the month again and we have some lovely treats to share in this months roundup.

First up we loved the message in this post ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside….’ from 101 things to do with kids. Sometimes we all need to take time with our children to slow down and enjoy the moment and what better place than the beach.

Over there to Here have been wildlife spotters this month on the hunt for rabbits. They have managed to spot lots of them about and learnt lots about them too. Rabbits are so easy to spot we think this is a great place to start wildlife watching and why not see what birds and minibeasts you can spot while you are there?

Now we know this one isn’t strictly outdoor play but it was just too yummy to pass up. 3 Princesses and 1 Dude have been making this delicious summer berry croissant puff and we are sure you could make it an outdoor autumn treat by foraging for some local eating apples, walnuts and the last of the blackberries to add to the mix. Mmmm, we are drooling here just thinking about it!

Finally this month Adventures in Homeschool have been Rangers in the Wild on a recent trip to a local woodland. They have been out searching for all sorts of signs of autumn and discovering all different ways of using different trees and plants from the past.

We hope you have all enjoyed this months roundup. Don’t forget to let us know if any of the posts have inspired you to play outdoors or to share your own ideas with us. You can contact us on our facebook page Adventure Togs or catch up with us on twitter @Adventure Togs

 

Outdoor Blog Roundup – August

Outdoor Play Roundup It’s time for the monthly roundup and this month we have some arty fun to share along with a fabulous sensory experience.

First off this month Adventures of Adam shares a fabulous water spray activity that not only creates beautiful art work but also supports those all important fine motor skills.

We absolutely loved this next activity from In the Playroom. They showed us how to make a beautiful garden leaf collage and we adored the results! This is a brilliant activity across all the seasons but we think it will produce fabulous results as the autumn starts to arrive, as it seems to be doing already near us!

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Multicrafting Mummy shared a lovely way to celebrate the beauty of sunflowers with this gorgeous sunflower height chart. What a lovely way to chart your little ones height as they grow.

Finally we loved Kids in the Garden’s account of their journey around the Barefoot Walk at Kew Gardens. This looks like an amazing sensory experience and one we think doesn’t have to be confined to Kew Gardens. Go on, enjoy the last of the summer, kick those shoes off and feel the squelch of mud in between your toes. You know you want to.

Over on facebook Outdoor People shared this fantastic link from mountain-training.org with tips on how to enjoy the mountains with children. We love mountain walking here at Adventure Togs and would absolutely recommend it to anyone.

Do let us know if you decide to give mountain climbing a go or if you decide to have a go at barefoot walking. We would love to hear all about your adventures. Or if getting arty is more your thing then do send us over pics of your lovely art. We love to see how you all choose to play outdoors. You can share the fun with us over on our facebook page Adventure Togs or tweet us@AdventureTogs and share your fun. We can’t wait to hear what you have been up to.

Outdoor Blog Roundup – July

Outdoor Play Roundup Can you believe it is monthly roundup time again already?! These months are flying by!

This month we have a C theme going on with cars, cardboard and crabs followed by some good old fashioned carefree puddle splashing. Enjoy!

To start off this month’s roundup we have some fabulous car ramp painting from Adventure of Adam. We loved the process behind the art and the opportunity to end up with something perfect for hanging on the wall indoors. It looks like little Adam enjoyed the clean up just as much as making the mess too, which is always a bonus.

From Becoming a Stay at Home Mum we had two fantastic ways to play with cardboard. Monkey has been enjoying some carboard tunnel fun and some lovely cardboard painting. Who needs toys when you have carboard?

The Boy and Me have inspired us to try some crabbing this summer with a gorgeous post sharing their crabbing adventures including some top tips for the best success.

the boy and me crabbingAnd last but not least we adored these super cute puddle splashing photos from Mummy Constant. If they don’t get you up and out enjoying the rain we don’t know what will!

On Facebook this month National Children’s Day UK shared a thought provoking post about screen addicted parents and practicing what we preach. Are you guilty of checking your phone once to often? I think we might be from time to time.

So what are your plans for the upcoming month? Will you be using cars or cardboard to get arty in the garden or has Mummy Constant inspired you to get splashing? We would love to see how you play outdoors this summer so please pop on over to our facebook page Adventure Togs or tweet us @AdventureTogs and share your fun. We can’t wait to hear what you have been up to.

 

How will you be playing this summer?

How will you be playing this summer

The summer holidays are nearly upon us and the question of what to do with the kids is looming. For some of us the thought of the holidays is exciting but there is always a little bit of trepidation mixed in. Once the novelty wears off, the boredom sets in and the kids start to fight, it all just seems a little less fun. We never know what the weather will do either! Will it pour down with rain or will there be long hot sticky days to contend with?

Here at Adventure Togs we have a whole host of ideas that should keep you busy all summer long.

Check out our other blog posts for wet weather ideas, muddy fun and some great ways to play in the forest. Experiment with them and try them out in different ways. We would love to hear how you have used the ideas and if you have added any fun twists.

For more ways to play catch up on our Monthly feature posts. Each post has links to at least four other blogs with some fabulous ideas that will inspire you all to get up, get out and enjoy the weather, whatever it might throw at you.

Keep an eye on our weekly posts over the summer as well. We will be posting each week sharing more ideas from other bloggers as well as some of our own.

Are you thinking at this point, well that’s all very well but my kids don’t do the outdoors? The busier they can keep themselves outside the less you should hear ‘I’m bored!’ or find them using each other as punchbags. Well that’s the plan anyway!

sunswim_349x164How are you planning on playing outdoors this summer? We would love to hear what you get up to. Share your pictures and ideas with us on our facebook page or tweet us @adventuretogs with the #adventurebugs

Outdoor Blog Roundup – June

Outdoor Play Roundup

It’s time for the monthly outdoor play roundup and this time we have lots of lovely summery fun.

Bubba Blue and Me shared her adventures strawberry picking. We love fruit picking and think it should be on everyone’s bucket list this summer!

Over at Mommy Loves Trees they have been doing some tree identification and she shares a fabulous ID resource perfect for preschoolers.

If you are looking for some sensory excitement this summer then The Chaos and the Clutter has shared a whopping 50 activities for outdoor sensory fun. This lot will keep your little ones busy for weeks!

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Multicrafting Mummy created her very own mini-beach at home. A fabulous idea if you can’t get out to the real thing. They even made their own sand!

Over on facebook this month Outdoor People shared a really thought provoking article about The Overprotected Kid. It is a long piece but well worth taking the time to read with lots of really important points about the way we let our children play today compared with how we were allowed to play.

So what are you waiting for? Go on, get out and enjoy the sunshine, the strawberries and the sand. We would love to hear how you get on or what you thought about The Overprotected Kid. Join the conversation by posting on our facebook page Adventure Togs or tweeting us @Adventure Togs using the #adventurebugs.