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.
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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