I’m a country kid. Our house looked out across a valley in Gloucestershire and I grew up building dens in the field and climbing trees in the woods. Now I am happy to say my children will have the same upbringing. We’ve moved counties, there are less hills and more commuters, but the ethos is the same.
The countryside is part of our family.
As the Summer sun fades we will still be out and about everyday, walking the dog and enjoying the fresh air. J asks to go outside from the minute he wakes up and would happily be out there until bedtime. A pair of wellies, waterproof trousers and a winter coat mean the fun doesn’t need to stop when the seasons change.
Anything J can get dirty in, he usually does. And I love it. Yes, it’s a pain and it’s annoying to clean up but kids aren’t meant to be clean. They are meant to play, explore and get stuck into things.
Isn’t it wonderful not be constrained by fences, roads or barriers. Being surrounded by open space means there are no limitations and it’s just one big adventure playground.
It’s great to see J soaking up nature everyday. From blowing dandelions to kicking leaves, jumping in puddles or watching a caterpillar crawl across a rock. It’s a sensory explosion.
Tractors, combine harvesters, diggers, lorries – the list of vehicles and machinery that run through the farm is enough to get any toddler excited!
We rarely get home from a walk without a stick or stone stuffed into a pocket. Sometimes it’s leaves, blackberries, a piece of corn and if I would let him, a whole hay bale!
I could buy J all the toys in the world but it is these simple pleasure that he loves the most and where the best memories are made.
What do your kids love about the countryside?