This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast.

 

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Playing outdoors can have huge benefits for little ones. It can be very easy for children to get sucked into technology and sit staring at a screen for hours on end. Lucas can work his way round our phones, the TV and our iPads and he is only 2. Technology can be an amazing resource and help with learning, play and development as well as just keeping children occupied whilst we tidy, cook or check our emails. However, I want there to be a balance. I want him to play, use his imagination and get some fresh air.

 

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I am going to make sure that whatever the weather, we get outside at least once a day. As long as we are dressed appropriately I don’t think it matters if it is raining, sunny or snowing. There is something very refreshing about putting on waterproofs and wellies and going for a walk in the rain, taking a flask and some treats.

 

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“Play involves children developing skills in using their bodies, promoting strength, co-ordination and agility,” explains a spokesperson for the Pre-School Learning Alliance. “Through play children form relationships, learn how to make friends, be sociable, share and take turn. In this way they develop an understanding of others and learn to feel empathy, responding appropriately to the needs and feelings of others.

 

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“Play involves communication: they learn how  to talk, express themselves and listen to others. They are discovering how things work, finding out about different objects or living things, naming and categorising them, as they build knowledge about the material and natural world.

 

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“Most of all, they are using imagination to create possibilities and alternatives, to express their own individuality and represent their thoughts, ideas and knowledge through making up stories, songs or dances,” they conclude.

 

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As much fun as playing can be, we know they are going to tumble, get cuts and scrapes or bruises. When this happens, I encourage Lucas to rub himself down then he comes over for a cuddle and kiss better. Elastoplast have a fab range of plasters with fun characters on when a cut needs covering.  I find an ice cream always helps too!x

 

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18 Comments

18 Comments on The importance of outdoor play and turning #TearsintoSmiles

  1. Stressed Mum
    May 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm (12 months ago)

    I totally agree with this post, outdoor fun is the best fun, whether it is just playing in the garden, going to the park or a family walk in the woods. Which in turn is great fun, great memories and quality family time not to mention it tires them out haha x

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  2. motherhoodtherealdeal
    May 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm (12 months ago)

    Couldn’t agree more with this! Children are meant for the outdoors and are at their best when they are outside as nature intended!

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  3. Helen
    May 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm (12 months ago)

    We also love having fun outdoors – my daughter would spend all day outside if she could! We are also big fans of Elastoplast character plasters, as my daughter loves the Frozen characters (despite never having seen the film!)

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  4. fivelittledoves (@fivelittledove5)
    May 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm (12 months ago)

    Completely agree, we are outdoors every day regardless of the weather. I hate seeing children cooped up inside, it’s way better to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air!

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  5. Emma
    May 8, 2017 at 9:09 pm (12 months ago)

    My two love being outdoors and spend most of their time outdoors. We’ve just run out of plasters actually, so I’ll have to make sure I grab some on my next trip to the supermarket!

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  6. Ana De-Jesus
    May 8, 2017 at 10:36 pm (12 months ago)

    I agree. Outdoor play is so important and it enables the child to improve so many skills including communication x

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  7. fussfreejen
    May 9, 2017 at 10:06 am (12 months ago)

    I love to get out and about, regardless of the weather. Always been an important part of our way of life. My little boy calls it a mini adventure, even if it is just a walk in the woods. Help me too, I hate being inside all day everyday. Sometimes you just need to blow the cobwebs away.

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  8. tots2travel
    May 9, 2017 at 10:06 am (12 months ago)

    Plasters and icecream. My kids would be falling over all the time 🙂

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  9. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    May 9, 2017 at 12:38 pm (12 months ago)

    We have so many accidents! And seeing as I’ve just stubbed my toe and broken my toenail really painfully, I guess I know where they get it from!

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  10. Clair
    May 10, 2017 at 11:33 am (12 months ago)

    Ice cream is always a winner! even with me at 24 years old x

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  11. Kara
    May 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm (12 months ago)

    Mine love being outdoors and accidents happen. I always carry a first aid kit with me

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  12. Aleena Brown
    May 14, 2017 at 10:39 pm (11 months ago)

    Couldn’t agree more that play should happen whatever the weather!! Just a shame we didn’t see any snow this year! #RV&HT

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  13. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    May 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm (11 months ago)

    Children mustn’t be afraid to explore the world, popping back from #RV&HT

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  14. Accidental Hipster Mum
    May 21, 2017 at 10:14 am (11 months ago)

    I completely agree! I’m not very outdoorsy but Greg has such a wonderful time outdoors I have to just brave it – all weathers! Also, ice cream basically fixes everything.

    #RVHT

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  15. Emma Reed
    May 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm (11 months ago)

    Yep, so true, they need the balance and outdoor time is so important #RVHT

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