Everyday I am so grateful that we have a garden. It is so handy just to chuck the kids outside and let them get dirty for a little while (then chuck them in bath :-)). So today I’m sharing a few different things we’ve done outside, and the great thing is most of them are recycled!
First up is this upcycled suitcase sand pit. Now the inspiration from this came from a picture I saw on Pinterest, of an old wooden boat used as a sand pit, it looked amazing and I thought to myself “where am I going to get an old wooden boat from?!” So that idea was put to the back of my head and forgotten about. A few months later my father in law visited us and left behind his old suitcase, which had a few rips and tears and was no longer of use. He said to bin it, however I couldn’t bear to throw it away, I knew it could be used for something else. So for a few weeks it was sat there, doing nothing much in particular, until the idea popped into my head. So we bought some sand (Yeh, even thought we live in Dubai it’s illegal to take sand from the desert), filled the suitcase up and the kids loved it!
So we actually did this inside the house as we had a long strip of empty, tiled floor to roll the balls across, However it can be easily used as an outdoor activity. Although simple I have to say this game was a success, my daughter loved it. The paper cups were included in a food delivery we made, and we didn’t use them so I thought they could be recycled. First we painted them, which is an activity in itself and will keep an older child busy for a while. Depending on the age of your child, they may enjoy simply stacking and counting the cups. Watching the anticipation was brilliant! the suspense in a three year old is great to watch, will the ball hit the cups or will it miss?!
The last one is pretty self explanatory, I gave her some cardboard boxes, egg cartons and some paint and let her creative juices run wild. Honestly it really doesn’t matter if paint gets on the wall/floor/child, because it can always be washed off, that’s why this is great to do outside as all the mess will stay there! After the paint has dried you could always extend this activity by making something out of the boxes. Hope you’ve been inspired to do some outdoor activities, weather permitting!