There is never enough time in the day. It seems as though this has always been a problem. When we want time to move quickly, it ticks by slowly and the moments that we wish would last a lifetime seem to flyby in the blink of an eye. I think back to when I was a little girl and my grandma telling me that time, just like life, is what you make of it. So back to the day we go, time, we are always on the lookout for more, but more importantly, we make time for the things that are important to us and two of those things are fun and play. Since becoming parents that has been an important part of our parenting style and it is something that we will continue to practice, as a family, as long as our little one(s) will allow.
Like most families, we always have a number of indoor activities available; that’s easy. We don’t have the most conducive backyard so there have been times when our little one has resorted to playing video games, watching YouTube videos, and vegging out. This quickly became something that was worrisome so we removed the electronics and reintroduced outdoor play. You know, actually going outside and playing, that thing that we did when we were little because electronics were few and far between. Remember when you would go out and play and only head home when the streetlights turned on? Yeah, it was time to get back to basics!
In the summer, it’s easy. There is swimming, biking and hiking. Playdates with friends from school, sprinklers, and jump ropes; the sky is the limit. Bedtimes are a bit more relaxed, there isn’t any assigned homework, and office hours for mommy are a little more flexible. In the spring we go on nature walks, ride bikes, walk as a family during the evening, and work in the yard.
Now, as we are in December, spring and summer are distant memories that are tucked away for the next few months so now we are focused on fall and winter playtime. The weather is cooler and sometimes downright blustery. We’ve added coats to our regimen and as the weather gets colder, gloves, scarves, and hats will be attended to the routine. The pools are closed, sometimes it’s not possible to ride bikes, and playdates are on hold for weekends and school breaks.
So, how do you keep outdoor play a part of the fun? That’s easy; you use your imagination and take advantage of what nature has to offer!
Right across the street from my daughter’s school is a park with swings and walking trails, we make a point of visiting at least once a week. We rake leaves as a family and then have fun making a mess by jumping in them! We go on evening walks, play glow-stick tag, and even invite our pups to join in on the fun. A bonfire to end the evening is never a bad thing.
As winter weather is right around the corner, we will enjoy more traditional fun like building snowmen, sledding, snowball fights, and more.
The possibilities are endless and the great outdoors is always calling. All you have to do is get your little one(s) ready for what Mother Nature has served up for the day and then head out to play.
Leave a comment letting us know your favorite outdoor play activities. We’re always on the lookout for new ideas.
To learn more about the benefits of outdoor play, check out the Voice of Play.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.