January is a time for reflection on the year gone past, and planning for the year to come.
Maybe you've committed to doing more exercise, or you'd like to spend more time playing with the children.
Here at Wicken Toys we'd love to help you plan for a fun-filled 2014 with these ideas for getting the most from your garden play equipment.
How To Make Plans Before you make a plan for any journey, you need to know where you've been, where you are now, and where you want to be. When it comes to making plans for your family for 2014, first you need to look back over what you did in 2013. Sit down together as a family to talk about the activities you most enjoyed together and would like to try again. Then dream up ideas for things you would like to try together this year. You may not be able to schedule exact dates for them yet, but you should be able to allocate each of the activities to a month, then when that month rolls around, you can commit to a date.
How To Get Out More Lots of parents want to spend more time outdoors being active with their children, but it's all to easy to get stuck in a predictable pattern of walking the same routes and visiting the same parks. Make sure inspiration is always close to hand b y making a family catalogue of activities. Together with your children make a list of the family's favourite pastimes, and either draw pictures of them, or take photographs of you all taking part. Then create a folder with all the activities in, so that when you are short on play ideas, you have a visual reminder of the things the family enjoys doing together. This works especially well if you have younger children who may struggle to tell you how they would like to spend their time. The catalogue will help remind them of the activities they have enjoyed in the past, even if they can't remember the name of the game or location. For older children, who can read and no longer need the visual prompting, simply write out the names of activities on colourful scraps of paper and fill a jar with them.
Make The Most Of Your Garden You have a wonderful play resource right outside your backdoor, but sometimes when children become accustomed to seeing the same play equipment every day, they can lack the inspiration to go outside and really enjoy it. Pinterest and parenting blogds are full of awesome ways to have fun in your garden, that can be easily adapted to incorporate whatever play equipment you have in the backgarden. Keep a folder handy with print outs of ideas such as games to play on your trampoline, and versatile ways to use a climbing frame. If your children seem reluctant to go outside to play, invite them into the garden top play some of these games with you. Before long they will be making up their own activities, and playing independently. When they do invent new games, remember to add them to your inspiration folder.