Summer is really in the air - we've started on our summer bucket list for this year (Coming soon) and a lot of it will be outdoor fun so I thought I would share with you my top tips for outdoor play this summer brought to you by Lands End.
- Hats on - whether you are in the North of England or in Texas it's your head that will be exposed to the sun directly and without a hat your kids can rapidly feel dehydrated
- Provide a play area in the shade - if you are at the beach take an umbrella to provide shade, in the park find a big tree to sit under, in your back garden put out some blankets and books to encourage your kids to take breaks in the shade.
- Keep Hydrated - water, diluted juice, ice pops keep the kids hydrated - think how bad you feel when you don't have enough to drink - now add that to your toddlers normal behaviour and how bad it could get.
- Cover up - shoulders burn (and don't I remember it from my childhood) so now my kids wear t-shirts or sun suits when were out and about. I love these bright rash shirts from Lands End and their boy's t-shirts very trendy and perfect for covering up and avoiding burning check them out here.
- Check out our 20 ideas to keep cool without using loads of water on Nature and Play - although I love playing with the hose and the kids love running through it water can be it's not great for the environment these ideas will all keep you cool but use a lot less water.
- Use sun cream - I'm loving the SunSense products that we were recently sent to review and have stocked up for our holiday with them. I don't though apply the sun cream right at the beginning of the day (unless J is off to preschool) instead we have a few hours of sun on our skin producing vitamin D and then the sun cream goes on.
- Avoid the hours 11 to 3 in direct sun - this is when our shaded play area comes into it's own - we sit and draw, read, eat, play and still enjoy the outside but without being in direct sun
- Take nap time/quiet time inside and then after dinner go outside - the kids will love the extra time outside after dinner to run around and you never know they may sleep well as well (well we would hope so anyhow).
I'm really looking forward to this summer - it's our last before J goes to school properly and for 2 and a half days he's at home with us during the week so those days I'm planning on filling with summer fun next year he will be in school all week and I know that T and I will both miss him during that time.
Top tips for outdooor play is brought to you with Lands End