It’s that time of year – the Summer holidays are fast approaching, we are having a heatwave and life is all paddling pools, ice lollies and barbecues. Yesterday we found ourselves without a car – and I moaned. A lot.
And then I realised how lazy I’ve become – up until a year ago the boy was pushchair-bound for most of our outdoor adventures and I would go out for a walk most days. It became my mantra to get outside, especially when my own mental health wasn’t too chipper.
What sort of example am I setting as a parent, by not using my legs, by being lazy? I’ve always wanted to encourage the boy to be fit and healthy – and we all know you have to lead by example and all that.
So, yesterday I walked three miles to a hospital appointment, then two miles to preschool. It was over thirty degrees and it was hard. HARD. Determined not to be beaten we stopped at the pub for a quick bite to eat before walking the two miles home.
You see, I’d started to dread walking anywhere. Because with a three year old, a usually ten minute walk takes an hour. Urgh.
But yesterday we were in no hurry – we decided to have an adventure and take the scenic route.
We walked through a wheat field, we spotted bugs and flowers. I let him lead the way – we ran, skipped, laughed, and had so much fun.
Well, until I poured a bottle of water on him to cool down. He wasn’t happy.
Sudocrem have recently started a Play More campaign to encourage children to get outside and, well, play more. Recent research by Sudocrem showed that children are spending 45 hours a week in front of a screen and outside playing in the great outdoors for only 4 hours.
The campaign was launched with the help of Chris Packham, encouraging children to get outside and go bug hunting, and I’m excited to be giving away an adventure kit worth £40 to one lucky winner. The kit contains:
- a Play More t-shirt
- a Play More sun hat
- Bug Pot
- Butterfly Net
- Magnifying glass
- Trowel or fork.
As part of the campaign, Sudocrem are also offering nurseries around the UK the chance to win support for play ground regeneration or a mural, which will be painted by award-winning artist, Joy Pirkle. They have so far helped hundreds of UK nurseries improve their outdoor area and you can nominate your nursery, and encourage your friends to vote too! Click here to nominate 🙂
We are off out to spot some bugs in the garden today – don’t forget to nominate your nursery on the link above and enter the adventure kit giveaway below!
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