I didn't intend to write this post this week we had plans of this weeks "Explore Outdoors" to be an outing to our local castle to extend J's current interest in Knights but as T wasn't well last week and this week I've been under the weather as well (remember a Mum can't be ill). Where I grew up we had 1 playground that all children used - the younger children on the way home from school and teenagers on an evening.
However, where we have moved to we are in a town and there is a huge range of playgrounds within the town for children to explore. Our local council has a website which details where they are as well as give an age range - they have designated Toddler playgrounds, Junior and ones for all ages. Our two local ones are designated as Junior playgrounds but they both have equipment that is suitable for J and T to play on.
Over last summer I also explored outside of our immediate playgrounds and found 2 in the town that had installed water features for fun in the summer - these were great during term time on a summer's day and I can't wait for the warmer weather and to take J and T there to enjoy the water fountains and pools at these parks.
We have a slide and swing in our own garden as well as paddling pool, sand pit and a water table but even with these a trip to the swings and slides when mentioned J gets really excited and we have to run to them. He has named the slide frame nearest to our house his pirate ship and the one by the library is a fort. From the little toddler that this time last year who wouldn't climb up a ladder unaided he now explores the frames, ladders, roundabouts on his own and it's lovely to see his enjoyment of them grow with each visit.
Our book link this week is a really funny book about a visit to the Park and a little boy hunting for a Shark in the park. This was read to us at playgroup last year and has since become a regular loan from the library as J really likes the story, the repetition and the pictures in the book.
Have you explored your local playgrounds recently? What puts you off visiting them if you haven't?