Regular readers will probably know that the toddler twosome love their outside play and so do i! It gets us out in the fresh air and allows so many opportunities to explore our lovely surroundings, the gardens, the vegies and most importantly use up lots of toddler energy!
It is also an integral part of coping with Ruby’s sensory processing disorder. She craves activities that work her gross motor skills and also use a lot of extra energy before she can focus successfully on quieter tasks. She eats, sleeps and plays better when she has had her outside time. It is also my strategy to do a lot of our painting and messy activities outside as she likes to be able to come and go to an activity (which isn’t always fun inside!).
When doing messy activities outside the girls are free to roam and engage in the activity as much or as little as they want as they play with other things in between….it allows Ruby the opportunity to regulate her own emotions and physical needs by wandering when she needs too but still being able to reap all the benefits of the painting or messy sensory activity which is also important to her therapy.
We are very fortunate to have lots of space here for the girls to explore although the landscaping will always be a work in progress i fear! Lots of outdoor space to start a vegie patch, keep chooks and let children explore was an important criteria when we were looking for this house. As a single Mum when Miss teen was young i was always renting and moving and although i always made the best of the yards we had…they weren’t ours and i craved being able to turn them into something special that would grow with us over the years!
With children in Australia (and i fear probably world wide) now spending less time outside each day and in response to a few emails i have received asking if i really take the toddler twosome outside each day to play i thought i would share some of my easiest ways to enjoy the great outdoors with a toddler.
You don’t need to spend money on expensive outdoor toys and climbing frames and you don’t need a huge outdoor space….there are so many frugal ways to enjoy outside time with kids…..you just need to ensure your environment is safe and your attention is with them…As well as my favourites from the past year i’ve also collected a huge list of frugal and easy ways to have fun with your kids outside from some of the most inspirational bloggers across the web…..i hope you find something you might like to try with your children out in the fresh air tomorrow!
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