It’s hard to imagine the summer will ever come, for a moment there the days got warmer and the blossom came out….but before you know it we’re back in the throws of an Arctic blast, brrr!
Still, when the sun comes out we’d better be ready, let’s make the most of the outdoors when the weather allows.
In the days before computers, health & safety and stranger danger, it took little or no persuasion to get kids out of doors, getting them in was the problem! Nowadays, creating an exciting and inviting environment within a safe play area takes a little more thought, but the garden is a great place to start.
Little kids love to be involved, watching and copying is all part of their learning and ‘helping’ with the gardening is a great way to let them play along whilst keeping them in safe proximity.
If you are lucky to have a big garden, or at least one with a good strong tree, why not attach a rope ladder or swing, a whole lot less expense than a climbing frame and a whole lot easier to put away when you want to return your space back to something more befitting Chelsea than the Night Garden.
If you have a delicate flower with a more artistic temperament, you could introduce them to the art of flower pressing…it’s a great way to encourage them out of doors to forage for suitable specimens. Once pressed, dried flowers and grasses make beautiful pictures and cards, surprisingly pretty results can be created by those with the most limited of skills, and it’s a rainy day activity in the bag when the inevitable rain returns!
Slugs and snails are the bane of my gardening life, but as a child these fascinated me. I still find it hilarious when little ones appear in the shop with a ‘pet’ beastie in a box, they just love rooting about in the dirt looking at woodlice, spiders, worms…it’s dirty, but harmless (not so for the bugs), and a real up-close look at nature that we so rarely have any exposure to these days.
The one thing we are never short of here is weather, it’s very changeable and we are so pre-occupied with it. A weather Station is just the best way of turning the misery into a fun learning resource for older kids. Unlike other parts of the world, we can be sure that no two days will be the same and the results will be fascinating.
As Orphan Annie sang “the sun will come out tomorrow”, and it must, so with a collective heave of positive thinking, just maybe, we can will the summer to come and let the fun begin.
I’m so ready for it, are you?