Today I’ve got a guest post for you from the fantastic Han-Son at Daddilife – all about ways to make the most of the Summer weather *once it truly arrives!*
With the weather starting (and I emphasize ‘starting’) to get a little brighter, it’s important to be ready for a range of summer activities whenever the opportunity arrives!
The sunshine has numerous proven health benefits, but just as importantly it presents a great opportunity for getting outside and spending some quality dad time together. In the UK we don’t get as much great weather as we’d like, and so making the most of it when it does arrive is vital.
But how do we really embrace the wonderful weather to make the most of it and do it in truly dad style? Well, it’s not easy. I remember when I first became a new dad, reading my favourite new dad books and having visions of epic days out with the family.
But in reality, you probably have a thousand and one other things on your plate. And yet as a hardworking Dad, we know you want to spend as much time with the kids as time allows.
So, here are 5 ways to enjoy Summer with the kids:
1. A Picnic
There’s something truly summery about this, and a family picnic is an excellent way of taking in the amazing weather whilst spending time outdoors. To take it a little further though, why not combine the delightful weather with some delicious food while you’re at it? Think about making the kids’ favourite treats the morning of the picnic, or get them excited about making some healthy bars to take on the journey. Just make sure your child is wrapped up and has the right clothing for a day.
2. The Olympics
We all love watching the Olympics when it’s on, and it can inspire us all to great things, and it’s one of those rare events that genuinely brings a nation together. So, as another idea, why not come up with a DIY Olympics out in the back garden or a nearby park? You can recreate events, like the sprint, a sack race, egg and spoon race, and some other ones too. This is a wonderful way of promoting outdoor play, as well as getting the kids to bond with dad at the same time.
It’s fun, unique, and a good way of helping to nurture their interest in sport and competition as well.
3. An art session
Here’s something a little more unique – how about an art and crafts session together? This allows you to utilise the appeal of creating, and make the most of the great weather all at the same time. Grab the paint, and the paper, crayons, glue, glitter, and all sorts, and head out into the garden for a spot of fun in the Sun.
Crafts are one of the best ways to spend time with your child and this has so many benefits. You will be able to help nurture creativity while giving your child important play time with you – and you won’t miss out on the Sun either! If they want to continue the fun indoors, get something like a Tuff Tray so you can transport/contain the fun both indoors and out!
4. Capture the best moments
When the weather is great, it’s the perfect time to get out and take some photos. Yes, you can do this any time of the year, but you won’t get the amazing Summer views, light evenings and bright sunshine in November! With different locations and Summer outfits, you could even create a family album together.
5. Create something altogether different
Sporting events are some of the highlights of the Summer months, and they give a great opportunity for Dads to get out there with their kids, and combine the Sun with some competitive sport.
Sure, you could go and attend a Premier League game, the Wimbledon Championships, or some athletics, but there’s something just as special about creating your own ones with your child.
Even the most basic collection of sticks in a park can be turned into their new favourite game, especially as they start to enter into early toddler life where you’ll want to get them experiencing even more sensory games.
About the Writer:
Han-Son runs DaddiLife, a parenting website for dads, which features a range of stories, tips and advice from modern fatherhood through to health, lifestyle and things to do.
Thanks very much for sharing these 5 fab ideas!
What are your favourite ways to spend summer days with your kids?
Personally, I love water fights in the park or a fun family picnic – as long as there’s plenty of food!