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Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Activities, Outdoor fun | 18 comments

Child’s play is infectious

Child’s play is infectious

Child blowing bubbles - childs play is infectiousChristmas is well and truly over, yet it is still cold, dark and wet! January can be a deflating month, but there is no need for it to be. There’s still so much you can do. If you need some inspiration, take a look here.

Last weekend, my children had the right idea. They were desperate to get outside and play, it stopped raining, so out we all went. They showed me how to have a good time in the garden, even in winter. It is amazing how inspiring children are. They instinctively know how to have fun and play, whatever situation is given.

First up, was chalking. However, before any chalking could be done, the patio needed to be swept of all the moss and mess that had accumulated over the last few weeks. They all delighted in having a go and managed to clear it well enough to start.children sweeping

Everyone had a go. We wrote names and BB showed his sisters how to write their names. That was a real, aw, how lovely, tear jerking moment! he was being so patient with them.children chalking letters

Lots of other things were drawn, including rockets, fairies, snails, hedgehogs and things they could see in the garden. BB would draw things for his sisters to colour in. It was quite a precious moment seeing them all work together as a team, laughing and giggling.children chalking pictures

Next came the bubbles. What child doesn’t like bubbles?? They had a wonderful time blowing and popping the them. Bubbles are not just for summer.boy blowing bubbles

Lastly, out came some of the ride ons, the trike, the motorbike and the space hopper. They had races up and down the patio. BB tried hitching a ride on the back of Boos trike, but he made it a bit heavy for Boo I think, as that didn’t last long, despite the laughter that accompanied the effort!children riding on trikes and space hoppers

I can’t tell you how infectious their fun and laughter was. I would say, take the lead from children and let them show you how to play, laugh and smile, whatever the weather. Child’s play is infectious!



  1. Lots of fun! Boo loves chalking outside and you cannot beat bubble-blowing! Lovely to see so much simple fun being had πŸ™‚ #CountryKids

  2. I couldn’t agree more, children have a natural ability for exploring and having fun. I think you’ve also proven that you don’t have to go further than your own garden for some great outdoor fun and activities. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  3. I’m always amazed by how kids can find games to play for hours, with no trouble at all – especially if you get them outside. It’s wonderful to watch πŸ™‚ Love the shot on the space hopper! #CountryKids

    • Kids never cease to amaze me at how much fun they can have

  4. Looks like lots of fun,, BB has lots of patience

    • He does πŸ™‚

  5. Love this and looks similar to the games we’ve been playing recently-bubbles (indooors)-whoops and lots of fun outside-we won’t let the cold defeat our play!

    • Yeah, cold shouldn’t stop outdoor fun πŸ™‚

  6. Ahhh looks like a lovely time! The boys love bubbles too, we’ve literally just finished a litre of bubble fluid! Great post πŸ™‚ x

    • Thank you, bubbles are great!

  7. What a wonderful post Karen – I just love the photos of them chalking and playing with the bubbles. Must have been so lovely to see them playing like this together, great photos. Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • Thank you, they played and shared so nicely, it was such a lovely afternoon x

  8. Looks like a lot of fun indeed. I love the way they cleaned up before they went chalking!

    It is great to see them all playing nicely together. This is what I am looking forward to with my 2. x

    • They did play really well together. Give them a broom and that’s just as much fun as playing the games πŸ˜‰

  9. I absolutely agree. It’s so much fun joining in with Amy’s play and sharing these fun moments with each other x

    • It is, I like it best when I’m involved too πŸ™‚

    • It’s all great fun in winter!

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