These memories are still so etched in my mind- we had a lovely childhood and I love to use these ideas my mum had with Little One, especially now he is nearly 2 and getting more interested in creative activities. But in all honesty, despite my desire to provide these fun activities for Little One, it's not something I do much. In fact, I sometimes have days when I feel incredibly guilty. I feel bad that Little One and I haven't had the most exciting of days or that we haven't gone out anywhere. I have times where I worry I have resorted to the iPad and Peppa Pig one too many times in the day or that we haven't really sat down and played together much or done anything creative.
Again, with a little wise guidance and advice from my mum, I am learning that actually, a toddler can find fun in the smallest of things; things which might not seem terribly exciting to an adult but to a toddler they are probably quite exciting! Things like emptying plastic pots and jugs from the cupboard, rolling tins across the kitchen floor while mummy is putting the shopping away, helping with the gardening, watering the flowers in the garden or finding worms in the soil. Sure, we might not go out to new places as much as we used to, we might not spend £30 a week at soft play like we used to, but we are embracing life in our little house and our little garden, and to Little One, it's his own little adventure land.
Of course, there are days when we decide to head out to a playgroup and there's nothing we love more than going to the park with friends, but we are also getting better at finding lots of lovely fun things to do at home, just like we did with my mum. Afterall, it's not just the big days out which i have remembered from my childhood, it's also those little moments at home, feeding the guinea pigs, hiding under the willow tree and painting on the patio.
Here's a few photos of us loving life, having adventures and making lots of lovely memories together at our little house in the countryside.
Linking up with Natalie over at Little Jam Pot Life for Let Them Be Little.