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.

10 Ways to Play at the Beach

10 ways to play at the beachWith the summer in full swing the only thing to do is hit the beach. If you haven’t already, and I’m sure many of you will have, we have come up with 10 ways to play amongst the sand and the sea.

Build sandcastles. Ok, so this is obvious but why not extend it and get into two teams. Each build a sandcastle with a moat and have a mini battle between the two. You could use shells and stones as knights and horses or even as a princess trapped in the top tower and in need of rescuing.  Get as creative as you like and allow the imaginary world to take over.

Walk like a crab, roll like a seal or swim like a fish. Kids love to use their whole bodies in play and this one will really get them moving. It will get them giggling too, especially watching Mum or Dad attempting to walk like a crab along the beach.

Make some sandy art. Use seaweed, pebbles, shells and sand or whatever else you can find and create some gallery worthy art. Try and make portraits of each other or create underwater worlds on the sand. You can lose yourself in this one and completely forget the time, just watch that tide!

Forage for seaweed. Foraging is a brilliant activity for kids, the buzz of finding what you are looking for and then cooking and tasting it will make long lasting happy memories. Be sure to do some prep work for this one though, make sure you know what you are picking and that you are sure of how it needs to be prepared before eating it. There are some great books out there offering advice on the subject.

Go surfing. Lots of older kids will absolutely love this one and from what I’ve heard once you give it a go it becomes addictive. Soon enough you will be following the surf around the country. There are plenty of surf and water sports schools around the coast so check out your nearest one.

Jump the waves. This is another one guaranteed to get the giggles going. I remember spending hours jumping waves as they crashed into the shore and a falling over a fair few times in fits of laughter. Little ones and big ones alike will love this one and will be up for the challenge of seeing how high they can go.

Collecting and sorting. Whichever beach you end up at there are bound to be lots of special treasures worth collecting, whether it be driftwood, shells, pebbles or seaweed. Take along some egg boxes (don’t lose them in the wind though!) and label each section with a colour, a size or for the older ones a species / types of shell and then head out collecting as many of each kind as you can fit in each section. Alternately, just collect what catches your eye and sort them afterwards into size or colour.

Make a sand volcano. All kids will love this one. Build up a mound of sand in the shape of a volcano with a crater at the top. Fill the crater with 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and then add roughly 250ml of vinegar then sit and watch as the reaction occurs. You should end up with a lovely fizzy froth erupting over the top of your volcano.

Rockpooling. Discover the wild creatures of the seaside and search the rock pools for all manner of life. You can make lists of what you expect to find and check them off alternativley, you could pretend you are scientists discovering the creatures for the first time and give them your own names and stories.

Bake sandy cakes and have a tea party. Bring along some cake cases and muffin tins and get cooking. Instead of making mud pies make sandy pies and sea water tea. Discover some new recipes and have yourself a very merry tea party by the sea.

What are your favourite ways to play at the beach? We would love to hear what you get up to. Share your pictures on our facebook page or tweet us@adventuretogs with the hashtag #adventurebugs

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