Wednesday 23 May 2012

Outdoor Number Hunt & Other Fun!

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Last week I started my mission to have outdoor playtime every day, you can read more about that here.  So, this is week two, the weather was pretty rubbish again so we pulled on our wellies and got stuck in!

Monday 14th May - I herded the boys outside for a bit of leaf painting.  On our walk home from pre-school we picked up a few leaves and took them out into the garden.  We painted onto the back of them then pressed them on to paper.  The results were pretty, but short lived, I went to take the paper inside to save it from the wind and rainy drizzle only to find the boys had painted themselves and the table - sigh!  I turned it into hand printing then herded them back inside, not too messy, so we'll have to try again another day, hopefully with more leaf than table painting this time!

Tuesday - Another drizzly day and I REALLY didn't want to go outside, but I checked the post and there was a parcel from Auntie B.  The boys opened it to find an outdoor number hunt game!  My genius sister had put foam numbers onto those little garden label sticks.

Bud and I went off to hide the numbers in the garden.

Then Champ came out to find them.

He then lined them all up on the steps.  Then the two of them ordered them correctly.  We did this a couple of times and they really enjoyed hiding them for each other.

Here they are smiling at the camera as a 'Thank You' to Auntie B!

Wednesday - On Wednesday's Champ goes swimming with Hubby, so Bud and I have some time to do some fun stuff.  This week we made explosions!  We did the classic volcano (great post from A Mom with a Lesson Plan) by burying a bottle with baking powder and red food colouring in it then adding vinegar.

We tried, but failed to do the baking powder and vinegar exploding zip lock bag experiment (see a successful post at All Things Beautiful).  When the bag didn't burst I told Bud to jump on it and it made a great 'bang', so we pumped up a few more bags with the balloon pump and jumped on them too - great fun!

Thursday & Friday - We were all a bit tired on both of these days so some chilled out play was called for.  I wanted to read some books, so thought 'why don't we take it outside?'.  Reading outside was so successful on the Thursday we did it again on the Friday!

Saturday - Hubby took the boys off into town for the morning, so that always involves lots of running around outside!

Sunday - I confess we didn't actually make it outside today.  We went to Church in the morning, then Hubby and I actually went on a date WITH NO KIDS!!!  So, I let myself off and the boys had a marvellous afternoon (inside) with their grandparents

There were definitely moments this week that I didn't want to go outside, but we're starting to create more of a habit.  Plus, its getting a bit more usual to do things we'd normally do inside outside instead - like reading.  But, what will week three hold????


  1. Loving the thank you picture!
    Looks like another fun week. We enjoyed creating a den for dinosaurs this week. Inspired by your 1st week of outdoor play.
    Auntie B xxx

    1. Thanks for helping us out, your timing couldn't have been better!

  2. great ideas! shared this post on fb

  3. Hi there! Found you through Cheerios and Lattes and love this site. Ill officially be your newest follower. ;) And I LOVe your busy bag pinboard. Ive repinned a few of those items myself. Blessings!

  4. What an amazing week outside! Love the number scavenger hunt game! Thanks for linking up to the Outdoor Play Party!

  5. love this. I'm trying to teach Goblin numbers at the moment and with the great weather this is perfect - i'm pinning this so i remember

  6. wow! what a busy week of fun! that hiding numbers game is very creative! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  7. Love that number hunt! My son loves being outside right now so this is a great way to help him learn his numbers while outside! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a wonderful week! I love the number hunt. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having an amazing week!

  9. These are some great ideas. By the way, I love the idea of making boys men, with two boys of my own, this is such an important goal. Thank you for sharing this on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week.

  10. Hannah! You're being featured on this week's Saturday Show & Tell! I would also love to invite you to add this to our Summer Activities for Toddlers Collection.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! :)

  11. I love the number hunt! We will have to try that soon, my son loves hunting for things. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love these! What a great goal to get outside everyday - I'm very impressed with your success rate

    Marissa @ forfunreadinglist

  13. Love the number hunt! I would also love to try it with letters. Great idea!

    Christie @ playthroughtheday

  14. Hi Hannah,
    I LOVE this idea, and just did this as a word activity with my Kindergarten class last week. Here is the web address to my post:
    Thanks for the great idea!
    (I got it on Pinterest, of course!)
    Katie Byrd

  15. Love the number hunt!

    We have a special focus this week on maths and number posts at the Empty Your Archive link party, and I would absolutely love for you to link this up, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  16. What a fantastic idea! Great for summer. I just need to weeh the garden a bit first LOL!


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