Take a trip to the seaside

What a fantastic ‘slow’ way to spend a day. If you’re not too land locked why not take a trip out to your nearest beach. It’s such as amazing outdoor play zone with so many ‘slow’ activities to choose from once you’re there. You could dig a channel to the sea, make a dam out of sand and pebbles and other beach finds, dig a hole and then fill it with water, have a go at sand sculpure, a turtle or a mermaid perhaps or search for driftwood, shells, seaweed, crabs and sea glass. Then there’s the staples, building and decorating sandcastles, drawing pictures in the sand,running races, jumping waves and of course eating ice creams!! The list goes on and on. Fresh air, free spirits, fabulous ‘slow’ fun for all.

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Don’t be bored, play a board game!

We’ve got some brilliant board games on our bookshelves but I can’t believe how little we use them! Some of them haven’t even been unwrapped. HOW SHAMEFUL which is why I’m on a mission to make the most of these wonderful games and play at least one of them a day (with the kids – of course!!).  Kids love ’em and there’s a lot to be said about learning how to take turns, recognise numbers and prices, roll a dice and work with play money. All wonderful life skills so as the title of this piece goes, ‘don’t be bored, play a board game!!’

Dust off your magnifying glass

These things are brilliant and lead to many hours of magnifying merriment!!! They’re great for exploring with especially in the garden or at your nearest National Trust. My two love getting down among the plants and trees, studying the bark, marveling at the bees or studying the spiderwebs. It’s just a great opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with our natural world!! Buy one!! Borrow one !!!Happy magnifying!! xxxx

Set up a shop

Slower parenting definitely means more imaginative play. I suppose it’s because my children have more time to be imaginative now we’ve got off the crazy merry-go-round that is modern parenting. My two love nothing more than setting up shops and one of E’s favourites is to set up a fruit shop with real fruit!! It’s brilliant!! Lots of careful selection and placement of fruit, acting out of roles, till work and the best bit of all, the kids eat the lot!!! “Would you like a fruit cocktail mummy?”!! Oh yes please!!! ‘Slow parenting’ or should I say ‘slower parenting’  rocks!!!! Long may it continue.

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Strawberry, raspberry, blackberry or gooseberry. It’s always fun to pick your own! We love nothing more than heading to our local fruit farm or  up to the allotment to pick some delicious fare. My two get a real buzz from it.  Out come the nappy sacks (clean ones of course) and off they go to collect their prize. What’s great too is that lots of munching goes on in the process so you know they’ve had at least one if not two of their five a day by the time you get home!! Classic ‘slow fun’. We love it!!

Find a new park

We are actually becoming quite ‘connoisseurs’ of our local parks. Every school holiday we set out to explore and find new parks in our area. We try and visit a new one each holiday. Every village has one. We’ve found all sorts – some secluded and overgrown, some recently renovated with futuristic style playgrounds, others completely old fashioned with leg breaking/ arm breaking roundabouts as standard! It’s quite fun really and rarely are 2 parks ever the same!  My best tip is to go exploring new housing estates. These often have new country parks and modern play areas (part of planning applications I guess). Why not be the first to try them out!  Happy exploring!!