Bringing Back The Outdoors With Little Tikes

I am a big believer in the benefits of getting the kids outdoors. In this technology driven day and age a huge percentage of children have very little…if any time spent on outdoor play.

According to a government study more than one in nine children haven’t set foot in a park, woodland or beach in the past 12 months and a whopping 74% of children spend less than an hour outside in the fresh air.

The benefits to outdoor play are endless from increasing a child’s self confidence, building their fine and gross motor skills, boosting those all important serotonin levels to give them that feel good boost and so, so much more.

Little Tikes understand all to well the importance of this too and held an event at The Lookout in the centre of Hyde Park to show just how easy it is to get children excited and engaged about getting outside and having fun.

Luckily for us the sun was on our side for this event and I arrived with two super excited little boys who’s eyes lit up the moment they saw the huge array of brightly coloured, beautiful toys that Little tikes are so famous for.

For us Little Tikes have been a part of our family of the past twenty years. My eldest was bought a kitchen from them for her first birthday and since that moment we loved their hardy, eye catching toys that are certainly built to last and allow childrens imaginations to run wild through play which is so important.

The boys headed straight for the Cozy Coupes as they do whenever we come across one and were really pleased to see the truck version which is a little bigger than the original and has plenty of space in the back for them to carry around anything they wish.

From here they moved onto the playhouses and we were all really taken with the Build-A-House which allowed them to customise their own home with interchanging panels that can be attached with easy to use tools. Oscar was also pretty taken with the BBQ to and loved cooking up a storm for everyone.

After a break for lunch and a spot of face painting they got stuck into the water and sand play. I hadn’t realised that Little Tikes had such a extensive range when it came to this and the boys were literally spoilt for choice.

A big hit with both of them was the Turtle Sandbox that they happily sat in building sandcastles and creating forts with the Monster Dirt Digger. Frankie loved looking on at the Fun Zone Splash Face which was like a tug of war that ends with a splash of water in the face if you loose! Int believe that Mr confident – Frankie was to scared to give it a go.

I spent a good part of the day dodging the bucket full of water that fills and drops without warning in the Fun Zone Drop Zone. This great toy can actually be filled with balls instead of water and used for indoor play as well.

The boys love anything involving wheels and spent a good while winding round the beautiful pathways of The Lookout on the Fold’n Go 5 in 1 trike which has a a fabulous parent handle that allows you control of the steering for a super smooth ride and the Lean To Turn Scooters that give them a super easy ride allowing them to really build their confidence.

As the day drew to an end and I struggled to get the boys to leave it came to my attention that my boys who usually have the shortest concentration span ever had spent half a day through engaged, every muscle in their body used and their imaginations stretched to their limits; we certainly give the Little Tikes outdoor range a big huge thumbs up from us!

Image Of The Week:Action Shots

    

I’m sure if you have read my blog before you will know that number two’s first love is scooting.

I’m making it my mission to get some really good action shots of him as a reminder of these days incase it’s something he no longer wants to do anymore.

It’s a little bit of a challange as the fact he is nearly a teenager I had to stand behind a board for the majority of the morning to get this shots so I wasn’t seen by anybody!!

  

Image Of The Week:Beach Shots

My favourite days out by far are a trip to the beach.  Paddling in the sea, sandcastles, skimming stones and of course fish and chips!!

I’ve found it really hard to pick a favourite beach shot as there are so many I love.

  
I chose this as now that number three is aproaching his teens photos of him are rare and this just captured him doing what he loves, where we love.

  

People Change But Photos Never Do

  

My eldest daughter will be turning eighteen this year and my biggest regret is that I did not find my passion for photography years ago.  I will never forget all those special milestones that we have been through, but over time the little things get lost in our memory bank and photos and videos are the only thing we have to remind us of these special times.

It is actually only in these past couple of years that I have got into taking photos and I now see what a valuable thing they are to take a look back on fondly when time has moved on.

It is the older ones that I struggle to get pictures of now as they like to be out and about doing their own thing, or are to shy to have their picture taken.  Number two is especially hard work but we were having a good day today as he agreed to let me take some photos at the skatepark.

  
   

We had an issue when we arrived though as there were other people there so I was limited to one position, behind a board so that I couldn’t be seen by anybody.  This was still a big move for him as just breathing seems to embarrass him at the moment!!

He has a massive passion for scooting and I really wanted to photograph it as it may be a phase that passes and then as I said we will have nothing to look back on. 

After I had annoyed him for a while I joined the others in the playground area to get a few snaps. The others are younger and always more than happy to be in the lime light.

   
       

I am new to blogging and photography but have found a real love for it.  I am enjoying reading and getting inspiration from other people’s blogs and am going to enrol on a photography course as I’m just guessing at what I’m doing at the moment.

 
  

 

  
Hopefully with time I will be able to compile a beautiful look book of our lives that we can sit down and look back on together in years to come and my children will be able to pass down to their children.

  

  

 

  

  

My Captured Moment #2

  

My eldest son is approaching his teens at a rapid rate and to be honest any photo of him these days is a captured moment.

He has reached the age where my shear presence is embarrassing so getting near him to take a photo is a rare opportunity. 

Over the past few years he has developed a feel passion for scooting, and the scooter comes everywhere with us so he can practice his tricks and hon his skills.

I got this captured moment on our recent trip to Whistable.  He loved all the open space and different terrains he could use, and I loved watching how much pleasure he got.

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