Following my previous post about National Play Day, today was the day we met with some old and new friends including Richmond Mummy, Mummy and the Beastie and Sarah Superfluous in stunning Richmond Park, to celebrate the joys of letting children play outdoors. It was a scorcher of day but a few large trees provided necessary shade and comfort.
The lovely people over at Pink Lining UK kindly provided me with a gorgeous Yummy Mummy bag for the occasion and it definitely made me feel like one, so a big thank you to them. After filling it up with all our necessaries we headed off to the park.
|My Gorgeous New Bag Courtesy of Pink Lining UK|
With the tent and tunnel popped up and the picnic box and toys unpacked the fun began. The children were so happy. You could see the joy in their faces as they ran free. The squeals of delight said it all and with trees for me to hide behind when the nausea kicked in, the great outdoors catered for us all.
There was no structure to our day and dare I say no tantrums or stress. The children just played happily together. Chasing around with the miniature pushchair, hiding in the tent and knocking each other over with the many inflatable items we lovingly blew up. As for the Mummies, I for one enjoyed the rest, the luxury of sitting back with "bump" and watching my gorgeous boy scamper around with his new and old friends.
The ease of entertaining toddlers is halved when they have company and with so many toys and children, the grown ups were almost redundant, a beady eye to keep them safe was all that was needed.
Interestingly when we talked about why we don't let our children play outdoors as much as we did as children, there was a common theme, fear. Of what? well I guess, everything. It seems we live in a world of worry, so much so, we protect our children by keeping them inside and locking the doors. I appreciate the world is not as safe as it used to be, but we can not hide away and let our beautiful children miss out on being outdoors.
Aside from making new friends, today reinforced why outdoor play is so vital for children. We all had happy, relaxed and at the end of the day very tired children, what more could we ask for? Like so many, some days I'm lazy, at the moment I'm sick, but I am lucky enough to have an amazing park right on my door step and I will continue to make every use of it.
Before I finish I must also say a huge thank you to Savlon for the first aid supplies. I always recommend taking a first aid kit out when you have children, I am a nurse after all and after our tiny terrors ran through the stinging nettles and tripped over those little feet one two many times the essential supplies came in very handy. For more information on the huge variety of products available from Savlon please click on the link below
So that's it, our play day, a fun relaxing day. Thank you to everyone that came along and to our wonderful children, because without them there would be no need for this post, they are after all what it's all about.