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PARENTING / Sep ‘2017

5 Fun activities to get your Children outside and using their imagination

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PARENTING / SEP ‘2017

5 Fun activities to get your Children outside and using their imagination

The best part about childhood is the ability to put your mind to, and get enjoyment out of the biggest or the smallest activities. However, with all the new technology that’s in our modern lives, we often forget to enjoy the simple pleasures in life like connecting with nature, or using our imagination to transport us to a faraway land. That’s why we’ve put together this list to help you get away from the TV, and enjoy some quality time with the kids.

 

 

Words Freelancer

Play Dress Up

Dressing up in fancy dress costumes is an amazing way for you, your children and all their friends to enter into a world of imagination and enjoy their very own adventure to anywhere. You can buy your kids costumes from a shop, or simply fashion your own depending on how everyone decides to dress. You can give them themes, storylines or even books to re-enact or simply let them run wild and make up their very own characters and story. You could even record it and let them create their own TV show by recreating the same characters next time.

Go on a photo Scavenger Hunt

What better way to help your child truly appreciate nature than by creating a photo scavenger hunt? Simply create a list of 10-15 places for your little photographer to locate and capture within the local area – think of local landmarks or nature points – and wander round with them as they enjoy finding and photographing the world around in all its glory.

 

 

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"The driveway or pavement offer a huge and seemingly endless canvas for your children to draw away to their hearts content".

Chalk design on the floor

We all remember drawing massive chalk murals on the floor as a child. So why not let our children do the same? The driveway or pavement offer a huge and seemingly endless canvas for your children to draw away to their hearts content, and is an amazing way for them and all their friends to join in in creating one huge collaborative canvas. For extra fun, why not try using glow in the dark chalk to help their designs truly come to life once night time falls.

Get Baking!

Not necessarily outside, but a great way to get your children to be hands on and creative whilst you still teach them some valuable life skills. Let them do the mixing in the bowl, pouring into bun trays or even put them in the oven (with your supervision of course!) so your child can feel proud of their creation. If you’re baking some cupcakes, let your children decorate them how they want, or, if you’re feeling extra special, pick a theme and challenge them to design a whole series of cakes based around your idea. Look here for child friendly baking recipes.

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"Nothing beats transporting ourselves to faraway lands meeting weird and wonderful creates along the way".

Build a Den

It could be as extravagant as a big hideout in the woods, or as a simple as a sofa cushion castle in the living room, but building a den is a great way for your child to start thinking scientifically, teach them to work in a team and still enjoying themselves whilst working towards a finished goal. Not only that, dens are fantastic for the imagination, and could even become a part of a scene in their very own movie if you manage to tie together a few outdoor activities.

At our house, we love to dress up, and have countless adventures dressed in our favourite costumes around the park, woods, field or even just our home. Nothing beats transporting ourselves to faraway lands meeting weird and wonderful creates along the way.

What games do your children enjoy to play? We’d love to hear what your house does for a TV free adventure.

Article and photos courtesy of Tom Charles.