8 April 2014

Outdoor things to do when you're nearly two

The world is your oyster when you're nearly two and outside! Here's a quick run down of the best things to do...



First up, getting places...

As soon as you are outside normal walking just won't cut it. Run. Run in circles. Walk backwards. Walking in wiggly lines. Crouch down and waddle. Jump. Skip. Dance. Do anything but walk. 

Secondly. Never use anything in the way those control freak adults want you to. Take the slide for example. They WANT you to climb the ladder, sit down at the top and then slide down. But they don't own you. Do it your way. Climb up the slide. Crawl under the slide. Climb the ladder, stand at the top and do a dance, then climb back down. 

Where possible, get some bigger boys to turn the slide into your
own personal house.


Finders Keepers. The outdoors is FULL of stuff just sat there waiting to be owned by you. The rule of outside is: he who picks it up owns it forever. You are well within your rights to find a stick and demand that it comes with you everywhere for the next 3 weeks. Ditto rocks, acorns, leaves and fir cones. If you've ever wondered what the pockets on your coat were for, wonder no more. Fill em up, as full as they go and then some more. Some places have loads of other fun things to find too, like food wrappers and bits of sticky chewing gum and cigarette ends but for some reason you can't keep those!



You can take my chocolate bar wrapper but you can never take my FREEDOMMM!



One of the best things about outside is the lack of walls. Make the most of this freedom by running. Run as far and as fast as you can. Running is always fun but you can add an extra level of excitement by waiting until your grown up is distracted or has their hands full (feeding a baby is perfect) before you run and choosing a direction with some danger like towards a lake or a road. 



And last but by no means least, find the mud. If there's no mud you should be able to find a substitute like gravel, or sand or wood chippings. Take a seat (preferably IN the mud or mud substitute) and get to work. Your job is to redistribute the mud with your hands or sticks so that none of it is where it used to be. Dig holes, fill containers with mud and dump it 2 metres away, sprinkle it over grass, make piles of it on walls and always, always, always rub it on your mum's jeans.




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18 comments:

  1. Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)9 April 2014 at 12:28

    This has made me laugh! All so true. My 19 month old was out in my mum's garden today and exhibited all of these behaviours! Thanks for sharing with #TheThemeGame x

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  2. Why do they love patches of mud. Mine used to be able to entertain themselves for hours running around flower beds haha x

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  3. Or if there's no mud around, make your own with a handy watering can or bucket! My son is in his element in the garden but my washing machine less so :-) Thanks for sharing with #TheTheme Game

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  4. Merlinda Little10 April 2014 at 22:49

    Busy busy! Just leave them around outside and they will find things to enetertain them =) #TheThemeGame

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  5. Ah so cute! As long as you're not in a hurry these walks are so lovely - except the running away while mummy is distracted bit. Not cool. Love the photos! x

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  6. Thanks Jocelyn! And thanks for saying I won the game! :) xxx

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  7. I know! So useful for killing an afternoon eh?

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  8. True! So pleased the weather is sorting itself out! X

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  9. Thanks Iona :) x

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  10. Thanks :). Luckily the running away part is becoming less frequent! X

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  11. Haha, yep we have the running in circles, walking backwards and walking in zigzags trying to manoevour an imaginary assault course. All great fun, unless you actually want to get somewhere! x

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  12. Lol yeah. As with most things toddlers do: hilarious and cute unless you need to do something or be somewhere!! :)

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  13. Haha good tip :) I found shells in his pockets this week! (We haven't been to the sea, he half-inched them from his Grandma's house!!) x

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  14. sabrina montagnoli13 April 2014 at 03:24

    All great stuff. We are forever taking sticks home! #countrykids

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  15. Coombe Mill (Fiona)13 April 2014 at 05:31

    A fun post with lots of lovely outdoor fun and activities so true of children and their behaviour! Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  16. Tee hee, this is very apt for us right now! Don't forget all the things that they can squish onto their snotty faces - sand, dirt, mud, leaves..., :)
    #countrykids

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  17. Brilliant, Mushroom would agree with all of this... and he's 3! He is getting better at stopping at main roads though... Most of the time. Love the photos. Kids all love a big stick don't they?

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  18. Really difficult it is keep eyes on a kid, especially when he started walking. Funny things you have shared about this kid. You must be getting mad while chasing behind him. I think sending them to the playschool is the best. They will spent time outside and interact with other kids and will learn something new.

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