Celebrating Outdoor Play Everyday with Germolene

Celebrating Outdoor Play Everyday with Germolene

*An advertorial feature

Finally it’s looking like the sunshine is here to stay for the summer which means carefree summer holidays, picnics at the park and evenings in the garden. I fondly remember the summer holidays as a child, playing with my sister and our friends in the back garden digging mud pies and making flower petal perfume, riding our bikes around the cul-de-sac and playing street games until bedtime.

Quad biking

One of the best summer holidays I can remember was when me and my sister went on holiday with my parents and we rode our bikes around the fields of the holiday cottage. We had such a brilliant holiday, we must have cycled miles around in circuits frequently falling off our bikes as we rode around the corners too quickly. Our knees and shins were forever being covered in Germolene or ‘magic cream’ as we knew it and we’d be back outside to play again.

Crazy Golf

Germolene* is one of my secret Mummy weapons, although as many other parents will agree, it’s no secret how useful it is. It helps prevent infections from those scraped knees, has antiseptic and local anaesthetic properties which helps to sooth cuts and grazes and can also soothe minor skin conditions too. The best thing about Germolene, apart from the smell which I absolutely love, is that it’s easily absorbed meaning it’s quick to apply so the children can get treated quickly and they’re back off out to play with their friends.


I desperately want the same kind of childhood for my own son, I want him to remember the days spent outside learning to ride his bike, playing football with his Daddy or chasing a kite with his Grandad in the park. But for 21st century children, the lure of the digital playground can be much more attractive opting for time on their tablets or computer games.

*Germolene Antiseptic cream contains phenol and chlorhexidine gluconate. Always read the label.

On the beach

Celebrating outdoor play – the challenge

The team at Germolene want to encourage the nation to ‘swap the smartphone for the scooter’ and get outdoors. They’re asking parents to get outdoors more with their children and are encouraging them to swap digital time inside with 30 minutes of outdoor play.

Germolene competition

There’s also a fantastic opportunity for parents to win a Toys R Us voucher for £150. Olly and I will be swapping seven days of digital play for outdoor play and we’ll be reporting back at the end of the month with how we got on.  

How to enter

  • Swap 30 minutes of digital play to outdoor play every day for seven days.
  • Share your experience of the challenge with me by leaving a blog post comment including detail of what your own memories of outdoor play as a child were?

The competition ends on Thursday 31st August 2017 at 23:59. Terms and conditions apply (see below).


Competition Terms and Conditions:
1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. The competition is open to entrants over the age of 18 only.
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6. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
7. The winning entry will be chosen by Germolene. The winner will be notified within seven days of the closing date of the competition. The competition closes on Thursday 31st August 2017.
8. Offensive or entries deemed by the competition organisers to be inappropriate or not in relation to the competition will not be accepted and removed from the blogsite.
9. All reasonable efforts will be made to contact each winner but if the prize is declined or unclaimed by a winner, within 14 days of contact, or if a winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied, a replacement winner will be selected at the Promoter’s discretion and will be notified by the Promoter by phone or email. The original entry/nomination will then be forfeited. Employees of the Promoter and blogger’s families are not eligible for entry into this competition. Any third parties involved in the preparation and/or performance of this competition are also not eligible.
10. The winning entry will win a £150 voucher for Toys R Us, valid for one year from the competition provider’s purchase

Disclosure: I have been compensated for hosting this competition 

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. Toni Pearson
    13/08/2017 / 6:51 pm

    I remember playing out in our cul-de-sac for hours, only going in when mum stood on the doorstep and called us in for lunch and dinner. We would play on our bikes, play kick post, and play skipping. Their were kids in almost all the 22 houses on our street, so there was always someone to play with. There was a freedom…and all the parents watched out for all the kids.

  2. Gemma newton
    13/08/2017 / 7:05 pm

    I just always remember being out, whether it was playing kerbsy, hide and seek, climbing trees we just always seemed to be out entertaining ourselves. I try when it’s nice enough getting my kids out even just in the garden for some fresh air and using their imagination to make their own games like we use to

  3. Sarah-Jayne Machin
    13/08/2017 / 7:07 pm

    I remember as a child playing for
    Hours in the garden with my siblings building dens and insect nests, making mud pies and climbing trees. Some of my best memories.

  4. Neil Pettitt
    13/08/2017 / 7:21 pm

    I remember our first caravan holiday in Tenby in 1976 when I was 10. It was a now famous hot summer and we played outside for hours and hours in the sunshine. One day in particular sticks in my mind when my sisters and I found a table tennis ball in the caravan. No bats or table so we improvised and played for hours outside using a picnic table , pots and pans as a net and a fish slice and a desert spoon as bats. Cheap and great fun.

  5. Karen hutchinson
    13/08/2017 / 7:23 pm

    I grew up in the seventies and at 5 would play on the estate all day, riding my bike , playing with friends, hopscotch , bulldog and elastics . I now have a son who loves the outdoors, cycling and bouncing on his trampoline but with increased traffic and other dangers I wouldn’t let him play out of sight if the house.

  6. Ellie smith
    13/08/2017 / 7:26 pm

    We have actually been doing this for a while and making time to do stuff as a family each day for an hour away from phones and tv etc. My children love it they have our total attention we often go to the local park or to feed the ducks just being outdoors having fun together. My favourite childhood memory is playing with friends out on our bikes every evening climbing trees and having fun together I hope my children grow up to have the same experiences and memories

  7. Kerry Brown
    13/08/2017 / 7:32 pm

    We loved going to the beach! On our body boards in the ocean for hours and building sandcastles and crabbing

  8. Alica
    13/08/2017 / 7:32 pm

    I remember my bike! A purple Raleigh! I loved that thing and went all over the place on it! My friends and I had so much fun! We also played in the street most days, water fights if it was hot, hop scotch with chalk, kerby, double dutch skipping…..the list went on! I loved my freedom as a child!

  9. Dee Dmonte
    13/08/2017 / 7:46 pm

    We were always out playing, we built a den then a tree house in the park – we all loved it! All the local kids would sty together, go out when light and be home before dark. :)

  10. Emma-louise sterry
    13/08/2017 / 7:53 pm

    I remember playing with the whole neighbourhood kids we all played tap tap- where on kid stood by the lamppost and you had to try and stop the others reaching it. I remember not having a care in the world running through fields and playing in the brook where I found out the farmer emptied urine from his cows apparently (lovely) I remember respecting police officers and helping older people even if it was opening the door , it wasn’t playing unless you came home covered in mud , usually with a bashed knee or cut elbow from falling off your bike or the homemade go kart dad made us out of wood. Even when the other kids were busy you still played outside on your own with hopscotch, dolls , dressing up or making “perfume” using rose petals and water.

  11. 13/08/2017 / 8:01 pm

    We limit screen time for the children anyway and encourage them to play outside. When I was younger I was never inside. We spent from dawn to dusk wandering round the park, the woods etc. It always felt safe to do so and we had great childhoods.

  12. Kay Sherman
    13/08/2017 / 8:09 pm

    I remember climbing trees and being outdoors all the time so today me and my three children did a ‘bear hunt’ across the field behind my house and found a blackberry bush – made a crumble and convinced my youngest to eat it as it was gruffalo crumble – we love living in a little village

  13. Janine Phillips
    13/08/2017 / 8:13 pm

    Hopscotch, spacehopper and skipping were my faves x

  14. Claire yarnall
    13/08/2017 / 9:12 pm

    I love to think back to how my childhood is different to the children of today, we climbed trees made dens and perfume out of flowers, I loved to fly a kite with my dad, we still do it now and it’s very competitive with who has the best kite

  15. 13/08/2017 / 9:24 pm

    Oh gosh, what a brilliant challenge! We go for outdoor time over tech as much as possible. My children are like I was – lots of little injuries resulting from not being wrapped in cotton wool – and germolene is definitely an important weapon! My favourite memories of childhood are making dens in the fields with my cousins.

  16. Hannah R
    13/08/2017 / 9:26 pm

    I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm and our days were spent building dens in the woods nearby, helping out on the farm where we could…grading potatoes for a £1 an hour we thought we were earning a fortune haha. At harvest time we used to love climbing and running along the bales. We were very lucky to grow up in an environment where we could roam free. although we did grow up respectful of the dangers of the farm we still had a great amount of freedom.

  17. 13/08/2017 / 9:36 pm

    Germolene was magic cream in our house too!
    Cuts/grazes even used it on stubborn splinters! (And I got many of them!)
    Being 1 of 5 kids in my family, I always had someone to play with. We lived right next to a cricket pitch too, which when it wasn’t used for cricket made it a haven for us to kick a ball around or just run about! Kerby was another favourite (perhaps not for the drivers now I look back) and getting on our bikes!
    Even when we didn’t go “out front” we had plenty to do “out back” in the garden! I sometimes wish we weren’t so technologically advanced as we are now. I love the idea of swapping for outdoor play!
    Becky x

    13/08/2017 / 9:47 pm

    With my sister and brother, we would either play various games in the garden , or in the road ( when it was safer to do so ) We would play cricket , badminton, football and tag , and hide n’ seek . We would visit the local park, and play on the swings and slide . With our bikes and roller skates we would see how fast we could go . We would go on adventures in the New Forest where my grandparents lived .Such happy memories .

  19. Simon C
    13/08/2017 / 9:48 pm

    I’m pleased to report that my girls haven’t played on their tablet computer at all this whole holiday.

    Okay, so that’s party due to the fact that it’s developed a faulty battery and doesn’t hold its charge for long, but I could have got it fixed if I’d wanted to. But despite that it’s been great holiday, albeit a very busy one. They’ve had day trips to lots of interesting places (Spinnaker tower is the favourite so far), and the tablet has hardly been missed at all.

    • Simon C
      13/08/2017 / 9:52 pm

      Missed the bit where you wanted to hear about when I was a kid. :) Actually I was a bit of a computer nerd when I was young. I definitely preferred to stay in and look at the screen all day rather than going out and playing. My kids are getting a much better ratio of outdoor time than I did.

  20. 14/08/2017 / 10:01 am

    Climbing trees and making a mess generally. Also collecting bugs in the garden

  21. lorraine kirk
    14/08/2017 / 12:19 pm

    We used to watch Why Don’t You? in the morning to get ideas and then go out and try out our new games on the road / everyones gardens with all the children that lived on our street. Our favourites were relievio, cycling up and down the road as fast as we could and filling up bottles with water, putting them at our feet with the tops off and throwing the ball at them to try and soak each other.

  22. Claire Hexley
    14/08/2017 / 12:54 pm

    I was given by my mum and Dad, 2 tennis balls for my 7th birthday. I was thrilled as I had watched a friend at playtime at school juggling with hers in the days before luminous green!
    I learnt how to throw 2 of them up against the wall whilst chanting playground tunes – I thought it a great skill to learn. I practised on the wall of my house and the fence – got pretty good and discovered more games including putting a ball in one leg of my mum’s old tights (asked her first!) and playing singing games up against the wall to the metronome of the tennis ball being swung from side to side. There was a balll and tight leg spare for my sister to play too!!
    I have 3 boys and they have been brought up pretty much throwing a ball of a different shape around. A rugby ball and an open space and they’re still as happy as Jonny.

  23. Ali Johnson
    14/08/2017 / 1:32 pm

    We’ve just come back from holiday and only let the kids on the iPads during the flight. They were locked in the safe for the rest of the holiday. The first day they were asking for them every five minutes. By the second day they’d forgotten all about them – too busy playing with their new friends in the pool. When I was a kid, I’d play out for hours, only going home when I got hungry. I loved climbing trees, much to my mother’s disgust.

  24. Mary Heald
    14/08/2017 / 1:47 pm

    This challenge was quite hard to do at first but my son got quite into it. He enjoyed guessing what activity I had thought up each time.
    I remember making mudpies as a child and leaving them down the path to dry ready for visitors! I always helped my dad on a Saturday morning while mum was out shopping. We enjoyed playing cricket with the kids next door or making a tree house or swinging on a swing my dad had made….such HAPPY memories.

  25. iain maciver
    14/08/2017 / 4:04 pm

    we always spent most of our time outside when we were younger, no computers then we had plenty to do

  26. jade rice
    14/08/2017 / 4:26 pm

    i rember going to weston super mare every sunday having a roast dinner and playing on 2p machines winning cool keyrings had a huge collection we had great fun as a family on the beach too :D that all stopped when mum had 10 kids train cost to much lol

  27. AnnMarie Gould
    14/08/2017 / 5:35 pm

    We used to play outside for hours when i was a kid, playing cricket, riding our bikes and playing schools

    14/08/2017 / 5:59 pm

    as a child i always played out in our street till the street lights came on..that was the time i had to go in. my friends and i always made up our own games. we also played football,climbed trees,rode our bikes.some times we were alittle naughty and took great delight in knocking on our nieghbours doors and running away. these days ,as we live very near our local beach,i take my children exploring rock pools, building sand castles and sometimes just running and jumping on the sand dunes.

  29. RaisieBay
    14/08/2017 / 7:31 pm

    My kids always have at least 30 mins playing outside each day, it’s usually after dinner because screens are not allowed then. When I was a kid I used to love making mud pies in the back garden, ones with worms in were the best. I also used to go to the local park where I’d collect frogspawn from the pond and bring it home to my own pond and watch it develop from tadpoles to frogs. I would also play with my neighbours on the green, our favourite game was British Bulldog. Can you tell that there were no computers, or even video games, around when I was a kid.

  30. Stephanie whitehurst
    14/08/2017 / 7:50 pm

    I used to be always outdoors. My auntie was a childminder so there were always lots of other kids around. We used to have balloon water fights, play football, rounders, cricket, climbing trees and dens (which is where the germolene came in use the most) so far my kids have been very busy. We have been to the pictures, alton towers, sea life centres, we have been to London and went to see the Queens jewels. We have been to the park we have being drawing in our garden with chalk and lots more planned

  31. isis1981uk
    14/08/2017 / 8:13 pm

    We’re going to spend those 30 minutes finding some geocaches along the canal! I used to love playing in a den my friends & I made in the fields behind one of our houses!

  32. Isabell Whitenstall
    14/08/2017 / 8:20 pm

    Ryan is only allowed on a tablet now and again. Most of his time is spent at the park or playing on his trampoline. My favourite game when I was young was playing on my bike.

  33. 14/08/2017 / 8:40 pm

    We’ve got out about every day, for at least an hour or more and cut right back on digital play. This has done my children good, they’ve been talking to me more, they have colour in their cheeks and they aren’t being as cheeky. At first my son was a little lost what to do, before long he was running around and having loads of fun. We’ve been the beach, the park and on wet days to the library and enjoyed baking and crafts.

    As I child I used to spend the whole summer holidays, running around the garden with my siblings. We would spend hours doing simple things, like playing hide and seek, making dens, picnics in the garden with our dolls, making daisy chains, collecting insects, long bike rides, playing horses with skipping ropes and making perfume out of flower petals.

    I don’t ever remember feeling bored, we would just find our own fun. We knew to stay outside or my mum would soon find us some jobs to do. I think my favourite ever summer fun, was camping in the back garden, telling each other ghost stories until we were all too scared to sleep in case the ghosts came after us.

  34. 14/08/2017 / 8:58 pm

    I sent so much time outdoors as a child, I would spend hours playing in the cul-de-sac where we lived with friends, we would play on the field near my house or ride bikes on the cycle track. We would also try and build dens (they never worked) we spent days and weeks covering a tree in mud that we planned to turn into a treehouse – I have no idea why. We always played out until the street lamps came on, I miss those days x

  35. 14/08/2017 / 10:05 pm

    What a great idea! So we did this & we had lots of fun did some baking went yo the cinema did some gardening you name it! We have even said after this we are doing a No Tech Sunday! So we will spend a day as a family no ipads or anything! We will bake, watch films anything but it has to be done as a family!

  36. Sarah Haynes
    14/08/2017 / 10:27 pm

    Asa child I was always playing outside. We were lucky enough to live opposite a huge woods and we spent hours playing, building dens and just having fun.
    My children are still quite young 2 and 4 but we have made an effort to go out and have fun. We had a great visit to a local farm, we have checked out all our local parks and been having picnic lunches every day it hasn’t rained!!! A favourite trip was to the beach. Paddling in the sea turned into an impromptu soaking and some quick thinking from mummy as I forgot to bring towel. Kids have had so much fun!!!

  37. kefkat
    14/08/2017 / 11:02 pm

    No digital play for me growing up. I am a Granna now to 2 so giving away my age a little. My 4 didn’t really have loads of digital play either, though there was some.

    Walking in the park, larking with friends, though I was more of a home gal and loved being in the kitchen cooking and baking with Mom. I loved reading, poetry and writing to as a child. I also bought mine up the same to enjoy cooking and baking. To love reading and normal things which didn’t involve digital all the time

  38. Lorna Ledger
    14/08/2017 / 11:50 pm

    Gosh I remember the smell of dirt and grass, and that lovely tired feeling at the end of the day playing ‘out’. I was allowed to the park, and within the local area, and it really was ”be back for tea”! I played on my bike, skateboard and skates, with stones, plants, and in the local woods! good memories!

  39. Adrienne McGroder
    15/08/2017 / 8:52 am

    We played for hours in the garden, making up games like witches and wizards, climbing the tree and playing hide and seek! Also out on our bikes a lot. There were always other children in the street to play with. My kids are also spending quite a bit of time outdoors this summer with their pals which is good to see!

  40. Emily Hutchinson
    15/08/2017 / 12:19 pm

    We used to play out for hours, wandering around the streets finding adventures. I think kids had more freedom back then.

  41. James Harris
    15/08/2017 / 2:53 pm

    My son is on his school summer holidays at the moment and it brings back memories of whole days spent out of the house with friends, riding our bikes, making dens, playing football and cricket and just having fun. On holidays abroad I was happy to spend my days making sandcastles and swimming in the sea. Life was so simple back then!

  42. Sheila Docherty
    15/08/2017 / 8:36 pm

    Outdoor play is always the favourite in our family; we never have a problem if we have a dry day. Indoor play however, tends to be digital, digital and more digital!!
    Childhood memories of playing outdoors are of fun filled days with siblings and neighbours. Playing Queenie, Hide n Seek, Tin Can and my favourite, Two Balls.

  43. Claire Denise York
    15/08/2017 / 9:05 pm

    I got my nephews and Niece off their tablets and out in the garden playing swingball and boules like I use to as a child, they loved it and didn’t want to stop when it was time to go in. I also use to ride my bike around the estate all day, not realising it was such good exercise for me as a child!

  44. 15/08/2017 / 10:26 pm

    I was obsessed with being outdoors, you could barely keep me inside! Massive nature fan, loved getting moody!

  45. kelly
    15/08/2017 / 11:15 pm

    Before the numerous kids tv channels and before internet took a hold, I used to spend my school holidays creating a library or school in the shed and decorate it for the summer and take my dolls on walks all of those things now that just don’t seem to interest the new generation.
    I have tried to get my son to get away from the tv and his tablet more by enrolling him on classes that are going on in the area such as our local pet shop getting the kids involved in cleaning and looking after animals and learning facts as well as crafting he loves it and looks forward to it each week.

  46. emma hussain
    16/08/2017 / 7:51 am

    When I was a child we were literally out all day. We’d take our bikes and go for rides around to our local park. I remember cardboard sliding down the big hills and blackberry picking to take home for
    Mum to make pies with

  47. kat adams
    16/08/2017 / 9:35 am

    I loved being outside as a kid….the more time outside the better but then as I got older (and there was more technology) the more I started staying in. I used to love climbing trees and making mud pies – I think this is something every child should experience.

    I try and get my goddaughter doing more things outside and she is becoming such a nature lover which is brilliant to see. She is more engaged and we have even done treasure hunts and sports. Her mum isn’t much of an outdoorsy person so it’s great fun being the one who gets to experience this with her.

  48. Maureen M
    16/08/2017 / 4:00 pm

    Don’t remember the weather ever being being bad enough to keep us inside.Either played rounders ,cricket ,hopscotch or packed a picnic & spent the day in the park (unsupervised!!!)As we got older would play tennis or go on the boating lake.

  49. 16/08/2017 / 4:56 pm

    We took the challenge and to be honest, my son would prefer outdoor play any day come rain or shine. My own memories of outdoor play take me back to long hot summers, playing in the paddling pool literally everyday! i remember there was a hose pipe ban so me and my sister filled up buckets to fill the pool !!

  50. claire griffiths
    16/08/2017 / 11:56 pm

    my son as really enjoyed playing outside on the trampoline going for walks and playing at the park he much prefers it than sitting indoors on the gadgets. I remember when i was a child we used to play on the street at each others houses and gardens and go down to the park on our own ,

  51. david crabb
    17/08/2017 / 1:41 am

    remember going to the park with my siblings. Mum would provide us a pack lunch. we would roll down the hill as if we were gliding. Those days were fun.

  52. Stephanie Keill
    17/08/2017 / 10:58 am

    I was always out playing with my little brother, building dens till the street lights came on. It was different days back then this my mum used to open the front door and shout us for dinner. I had a wonderful childhood and I’d do it all again

  53. Caroline Smith
    17/08/2017 / 12:19 pm

    My girls were excited to do this challenge (which made me feel a bit guilty that maybe we weren’t doing enough together?!). We’ve been on walks, bike-rides, to the local park to meet friends and bug hunting in the garden, it’s been loads of fun and we are sure to keep it up. I remember spending lots of time outdoors as a kid, playing with my brother and sisters in the garden and every Sunday the whole family used to go for a countryside walk :)

  54. 17/08/2017 / 1:19 pm

    I’m make big an effort to embrace the spirit a 70s and 80s childhood at the moment, and that includes letting my 8 year old son play outside on our street with the other children who live here. There’s a great community spirit on our street and all the parents keep an eye on all of the kids, leaving windows open so we can hear them and checking on them regularly. I love it. It gets them out of the house and away from a screen for hours on end, and it gives them a chance to develop independence and solves problems in their own. Often kids these days have everything done for them and rarely have to think for themselves. But I keep an eye of them as they fall out with each other, squabble and make up again and no adult intervention is needed. They’re never bored and there’s always something new to do – a big game of football or setting up a lemonade stand or just digging for worms.

    He comes home covered in mud at the end of the day, often with a scratch or bruise or two, but he’s not precious about it.

    I was very much wrapped in cotton wool as a child and my mum wouldn’t let me play on our street with the other children. It really set my brother and I apart from them and I feel we missed out on some great fun and the opportunity to develop some important skills. I would have given anything to be out there racing up and down the street on my Chopper with the others. As long as we teach our children to be careful and sensible and as long as we keep an eye on them, this carefree childhood can still be theirs.

  55. Leeanne gray
    17/08/2017 / 1:22 pm

    My daughter has loved doing this! We have been out on our bikes looking for adventures & we have been perfecting some moves on the trampoline! I remember building camps in the woods when I was young. My friends and I even managed to drag a sofa up into a tree at our base camp! We would also walk to the local cemetery so we could use the outdoor tap there to fill water balloons & have mass water fights in the field next door. It felt like we had a lot more freedom to explore then & want my daughter to experience that freedom too!

  56. Hannah Smith
    17/08/2017 / 2:00 pm

    I think swapping to outdoor play is good for my health too – I’ve spent much more time running around and bouncing on the trampoline! I remember always being outside when the weather was good as a child and on rainy days I would do craft and make all sorts of creations.

  57. Martha Chisholm
    17/08/2017 / 2:46 pm

    At 62 I just don’t remember playing inside although I’m sure I must have done. As soon as we were up and dressed, we’d be outside with our pals playing. Hide & Seek, Kick the Can, Peever (Scottish name for hopscotch) skipping ropes, rounders poking around in all sorts and just general childhood fun. Only a lucky few had bikes but those that did happily gave backies to the rest of us. Many a scrape and tumble….lol.. and yes, it was always the wee round tin of Germolene that your mother (or you’re pal’s mother) produced to mend all cuts and scrapes.

  58. Esma Blackwell
    17/08/2017 / 9:43 pm

    When I was a child.Myself and my siblings spent many hours in the garden. My children do the same.It’s good for them too be in the fresh air and play games together.As they tend too be restless indoors.

  59. Nicki simpson
    17/08/2017 / 10:23 pm

    I remember exploring the woods near my house with friends, taking a stash of sweets and crossing a river on a big pipe and heading to the woods to look for caves, although I would never let my daughter hear off to the woods alone now, my daughter loves playing outside, I often draw treasure maps out before we head out for a walk x

  60. Emma Lynaugh
    18/08/2017 / 12:34 am

    My seven year old has taken up the challenge of swapping Minecraft for learning to ride his bike. It’s day 8 and he’s doing tremendously well (despite skinning his calves umpteen times on the pedals). I bought all the safety gear, at his request. He was horrified when I told him I used to ride without any protection when I was a kid! I’m also teaching him how to get a campfire going using only a magnifying glass. I spent hours charring bits of wood with my Dad’s glass years ago. Happy times!

  61. 18/08/2017 / 11:04 am

    I grew up on a farm so we were always outdoors. We used to play in the fields and just come back when we were hungry! When it was raining we used to play in the barn, one of our favourite games was jumping from the bales onto the straw below, we loved it but looking back I am surprised no one ever broke anything! We also used to ride our bikes a lot and go off for the day with a picnic. My sons spend too much time indoors so this summer we have broken up the day so that they can play on electronics until 10am and then we go for a walk or bike ride for around an hour. In the afternoon we try and play a board game or go to the park and then after tea if it has been fine we have had a walk with Dad. The boys have said how much they have enjoyed these holidays and being outside together we have found that we talk far more than we normally do which has been lovely. Once the holidays are over we are going to try and keep the evening walk for as long as we can and have a night when we play a board game.

  62. 18/08/2017 / 6:24 pm

    My daughter loves playing outside she would live in our garden if she could! I remember always playing outside and going for long walks with the dogs

  63. 18/08/2017 / 8:50 pm

    We’ve been having a great time playing outside. My boys love to be outdoors, so it doesn’t take much to amuse them. I’ve written a blog post with a few of the activities we enjoy outdoors: https://thejammyjigsaw.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/keeping-the-kids-busy-easy-outdoor-activities-for-the-summer-holidays/
    As a kid, I remember spending hours sat half way up a tree opposite our house chatting to friends. I remember “magic cream” too; my grandma always had it!!

  64. Jules Eley
    19/08/2017 / 4:52 pm

    Being a mum of 4, Two Boys and two girls I have found both to be completely different, the boys would rather spend 9 hours on a ipad or xbox and the girls would rather spend 9 hours playing outside with friends, so I set a challenge for a week that we would do something outside for 30 minutes at least, we went for walks, played badminton when the weather permitted, kicked a ball, did road drawings with chalk and had a water bomb fight, the boys moaned at first but enjoyed every minute and I think being away from games made them feel and act better and they understood that. Myself as a child spent every minute outside playing kerbie or hide and seek and it was great, i enjoyed every minute, it also made more street aware, I hope to get my boys away from there games fro uch longer as the weeks go on,

  65. 19/08/2017 / 7:33 pm

    This was lots of fun to do and I’m glad this post gave us the nudge to do it! We swapped screen time for time together and had lots of fun discovering board games we had forgotten about and lots of joy in simple things like chalk painting on the path in the garden or riding our bikes! Its so easy to reach for the tablets or computer games when the kids say I’m bored but I will most definitely be rethinking that next time as we have found so much fun without the screens! xx

  66. 20/08/2017 / 11:12 am

    My children absolutely LOVE it outside so swapping the tv for the park or just a nice country stroll was something they were definitely up for!
    Growing up I was outside everyday as I grew up on a farm so adventure and activeness was always on the adjenda

  67. charlie pope
    20/08/2017 / 5:02 pm

    when my son was young, i took him out EVERY DAY – a 3 mile walk to and from the park or, when older, on a bike ride. then he hit puberty and i became disabled and our lives moved indoors. and now he’s a spotty little oik who never gets out of the house! me, i used to swim in the local outdoor pool every day, however cold!

  68. Steph Alonwy
    20/08/2017 / 7:29 pm

    We have been playing out in the garden daily – in the sand and water table or the mud kitchen. We love picking dandelions and either blowing the seeds around or putting them in a ‘soup’. We go to the local park and play on the swings and slide until too tired carry on. When the weather isn’t great we paint or craft

  69. Ali Fanstone
    20/08/2017 / 9:26 pm

    my grandchildren had so much fun spending more time outside and playing games with nanny and granddad, we taught them doninoes and card games, I remember playing with two tennis balls against a wall there were lots of different rhymes which have been long forgotten

  70. Mark Hopkins
    20/08/2017 / 9:46 pm

    I remember as a child, all I did was play on my Raleigh Grifter. I was made up when I got an upgrade from my parents, A BMX Ultra Burner!! We used to do stunts with friends in the park.

  71. Gemma Blaney
    21/08/2017 / 1:11 am

    Playing outside as a child was fab. It used to be most nights after school and you used to go in feeling energised with rosy cheeks from running around. It brings back a lot of happy memories for me as most of the kids on our street used to play out and we’d play tag, hide and seek, kerby, make up dance routines, have races and play other little games that I can picture in my head but can’t remember the names of. My 20 month old loves playing in the garden and going to the park etc and it’s great. I hope as she gets older she makes friends from the street and plays the kind of games I used to play. Mind you there will prob be new games being made up by then :).

  72. Lia Burns
    21/08/2017 / 2:12 am

    This week we walked through the forest on the gruffalo trail, rode 2 miles on our bicycles around our local nature reserve, on Wednesday we visited London zoo as that was what my daughter picked and we had lots of fun reading all the facts and seeing the animals. Thursday was my favourite day, my son chose to visit the natural history museum and I loved every minute of it, the kids were so interested in finding out how or bodies work and where we evolved from. Friday we planned a trip to the beach but the weather was awful, so we stayed home and baked a Victoria sponge cake and played twister

    This is honestly the best week we have had in a long time. It has definitely made me want to limit their times on the iPad and also watching tv too. It was nice bonding as a family and genuinely having fun. I saw a different side to my children and I’m so grateful I’m their mummy

    When I was younger I remember riding my bike with my dolls in the seat and baking cupcakes with my nan x

  73. hali kinson
    21/08/2017 / 6:43 am

    I remember as a child we were always outdoors playing with neighbours kids, making up new games daily!

  74. beccy rowley
    21/08/2017 / 4:45 pm

    My little girl would choose being outdoors rather than tech any day, we live opposite a park so that helps. We go for daily walks around our local lake and feed the ducks, hunt for bears and trolls, jump off rocks, bug hunt and make daisy chains. At home we play hopscotch, throwing and catching in our garden.
    I remember always being outdoors as a child as I come from a large family and we had lots of local friends.

  75. ashleigh allan
    21/08/2017 / 10:07 pm

    30 years since I was wee
    Running wild, climb a tree
    Skipping ropes and playing games
    Hopscotch, camping, guessing names

    No tablets or phones for us to play
    Cycling, scooting, that’s the way
    We had more fun, not stuck inside
    Running along countrywide

    When we tripped and had a fall
    Mum came out to help and all
    Germoline would save the day
    On we’d go and off to play

    So kids no technology for a week
    Out we go play hide and seek
    No xbox, ipad or tv
    It’ll be more fun just you see

    Get some branches build a den
    Take a walk around the glen
    Pick some flowers make perfume
    Better than sitting up in your room

    Look for insects, leaves and petals
    Watch out for those stingy nettles
    The kids agree they’re having fun
    Chasing around run run run

    Burning energy’s the way to go
    Keeping active no more slow
    We’re definitely making this a change
    We’re all agreed its a good exchange

  76. Jordan Jarmain
    21/08/2017 / 10:32 pm

    We’ve actually been working with our childminder and mums on this issue as our little girl is very boisterous and needs the room to let off steam every day. We’re finding that since she started having a minimum of an hour outside time each day she’s sleeping better and is better behaved whilst in the house too. Winner winner! As for myself I grew up in the 90s when the digital era was first really taking off. We had home computers and later on sky tv but my time with them was very limited. We still made swings out of rope and old planks, jumps for our bikes and we used an empty garage with a broken roof as a den when we wanted to avoid the parents lol it was a good childhood x

  77. Joanne redfern
    22/08/2017 / 8:41 am

    My childhood was mostly spent riding my bike around with friends, my daughters only 6 so we’ve been going to the park with our bikes, we’ve had little pic niks and flown kites this summer holidays, it’s been lovely x

  78. 22/08/2017 / 6:34 pm

    So made sure we went out each day!
    We went to the park one day, We went in Nans Garden playing with the sand pit another day, Nursery was another day which they always go out in, We played catch in the back yard one day. We went out catching rain in cups another day. Sand again in our back yard another day and the sunday we went wandering around a garden centre and didn’t have much indoor time at all that day.
    But i must admit, We do always try and make sure we get fresh air each day, even if it is just playing in our back yard.
    As a child one of the things I remember doing was using my grandparents old pots and pans then I would use grass as herbs and pull up weeds and chop them up and I would pretend to do cooking. I loved role play out doors as a child.

  79. Solange
    23/08/2017 / 3:54 am

    We had recently moved and our house was filled with cardboard boxes as my parents unpacked household goods. They had decided to invite the entire neighbourhood for a barbecue on the spur of the moment and spent all night assembling the millions of cardboard boxes into a castle in the garden, complete with a drawbridge, turrets, windows and doors that opened and closed, and a dragon drawn with a sharpie by my very artistic dad.
    The castle was huge…in my memory, it covered almost the entire garden, with enough tunnels and courtyards and towers for 30+ kids at a time. It was also a complete surprise! They did the entire thing after my little brother and I had gone to bed, cutting and taping and drawing by flashlight.

  80. Kelly Knowles
    23/08/2017 / 2:57 pm

    When i was little we used to make box cities, my dad was able to get what seemed like giant boxes we would put them into the garden and colour, paint, stick whatever we had to them to make a play den!, dad would cut holes through them so we could crawl inside, the challenge was the rain because they were too big to bring inside once it rained the collapsed in a heap! i did the same with my four little ones recently we made a Zoo box citiy, found some paint put it outside the children put on old clothes and painted, some on the box as well as the grass! then they played four hours taking the animals in and enjoying tea party with them!!

  81. 23/08/2017 / 9:50 pm

    As much as my children love tablets and phones they love being outside 10 times more so this isn’t too hard for us. We’ve recently had a mud kitchen made which keeps 4 children aged 2-11 busy for ages. They love to scoot and bike, climb and run and just explore.

    As a child I spent most of my time outside exploring or with the horses at the stables. I played hide and seek for hours and my children have been doing that this summer too.

  82. 24/08/2017 / 7:37 am

    I loved meeting all the wildlife around my home

  83. 24/08/2017 / 9:05 am

    We have taken part in the latest craze to hit our local area, which involves decorating stones/rocks hiding them and when you find someone’s you can either keep it or hid it again. There is a Facebook page to leave clues, so we have been out in the fresh air in search for peoples creations. I can always remember being outdoors when I was growing up mainly just playing with other children in out estate. Great competition!

  84. lynn savage
    24/08/2017 / 9:47 pm

    when I was a kid we spent most of our time playing outdoors. We lived in a village and all the kids knew each other and played together at the park. My favourite days were the sunny days we went on our bikes (with a picnic in abasket) up to the fields where the palominos were, we were allowed to brush them and feed them apples, we would spend most of the day there. We loved going out on our bikes or roller skates, or walks across the fields, or just playing in the park opposite our house, as long as we were home by dinner time it was ok. My grandchildren don’t seem to have this freedom but I do take them out a lot. I look after them 4 days a week, we have a big whiteboard with all sorts of activities written on it, they choose a different thing to do each day. It gets them out, keeps them active and happy and we all have memories of a great summer.

    • lynn savage
      24/08/2017 / 9:48 pm

      forgot to add email for contact – amjadattieh at yahoo dot co dot uk

  85. 25/08/2017 / 1:33 pm

    We’ve been going out every day, come rain or shine! Both kids! Noah’s favourite thing to do at the moment are nature hunts! He absolutely loves it. My fondest memories of playing outside as a kid is collecting little things I’d discovered in the garden (leaves, twigs, stones, petals, berries, soil) putting them in a big bucket of rain water and mixing up like a big magic potion! I used to do that all the time! I need to do it with Noah soon, he’d love it too! Thanks for the chance xxx

  86. Pat Stubbs
    26/08/2017 / 10:05 am

    Mainly skipping games with other kids in the street but we also went ot catch tiny fish in a jamjar near the local ford

  87. Lucy Morris
    26/08/2017 / 5:00 pm

    I loved going out to knock for my friends and playing out with them. We would borrow tins from our kitchens to play shops. We used to have a go kart that we’d all share and have hours of fun with it and chalks to draw the tracks on the ground. We had a big green out front that we spent many happy hours out on with lots of games sometimes with. O toys at all, we’d use what we found with imagination!!
    We loved the game England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales on the gate posts and a very fond memory of us all trying out a pogo stick for the first time.
    Such happy childhood memories :D

  88. nolene oneill
    27/08/2017 / 12:15 pm

    I’m 1 of 8 children and all the families in our estate had big families we all went to school together and played happily for hours out in the big square joining all the houses. We had bull dogs over, jack jack, german jumps, knees up mama brown, hopscotch,tennis,water fights we even had camps in the summer sleeping in our duvets under the shelter’s and we where as safe as if we where in our own beds..Most of the families all still live locally and have great craic telling the stories of how we grew up together

  89. Stacy Fenemore
    27/08/2017 / 12:44 pm

    I remember going to the local large park and playing water games and there being “play rangers”. It was brilliant.

  90. MichelleD
    27/08/2017 / 4:38 pm

    Me and my Daughter have started having a half hour walk before or after tea every evening, it’s great appreciating nature and fresh air! When I was a child I used to spend so much time riding round the neighbourhood on my bike, hopefully my Daughter will be the same when she’s a bit bigger!

  91. Jo Godfray
    27/08/2017 / 4:43 pm

    There used to be a lot of kids around where I lived and I remember being one of the youngest, probably about 5 years old with the oldest being about 15. I remember the long summer days and the best ones were when we planned to walk to the Fruit picking Farm. We would all have our sandwiches and do the walk in the morning – looking back it was probably about an hour away and there we would all be marching off on our adventure. We would get there and probably eat more strawberries whilst picking than actually putting them in the box to bring home for our Mums. They were the best days and I have fond memories!! A million years ago! Would love to go back for just one of those carefree days, it’s tough being a grown up sometimes!!

    27/08/2017 / 5:40 pm

    I used to play outside as much as possible. I remember climbing our climbing frame and also riding our neighbours dog – I was pretty small at the time. I used to make potions with leaves, stones and flowers it was great fun.

  93. Lucinda Fortune
    27/08/2017 / 10:03 pm

    I used to play for hours in the garden, making mud pies and building tents out of sheets

  94. Harsa Dhokia
    28/08/2017 / 9:41 am

    I remember playing at the local parks in our town of Hounslow in London, I would go off with my friends and stay out late during the summer months. The local parks used to have a hut where they supplied sports items to use and we had so much fun.great free spirit times!!

  95. 28/08/2017 / 9:43 am

    When I was a kid we were never indoors! Always out playing games, making camps…….knock down ginger! It was always harmless outdoor fun. Every 6 weeks holidays we were at the caravan with our friends that we only ever saw in those 6 weeks.
    My niece was over recently and she wanted to play on the tablet so instead I put the tablet away and we went to the park, played on the swings and had a picnic.

  96. 28/08/2017 / 3:07 pm

    We completed the challenge much easier than I thought we would, I think the nicer weather helped a lot.
    We spent time collecting fruit from the garden, playing on scooters in the garden and riding them to the park just up the road. when the weather wasn’t great we played a board game or did some crafting. Most days we spent much much longer than the 30 minutes having tech free fun.

    When I was child I remember leaving the house in the morning and staying out all day, only returning for something to eat or because it was getting dark.

  97. Sharron Page
    28/08/2017 / 3:56 pm

    I used to play cricket and golf with my brother and dad when I was a child which kept me amused for hours.

  98. ReeJ
    28/08/2017 / 6:47 pm

    Me and my friends picking blackberries that grew opposite our flats. We had them with sugar and even got my mum to make a pie one time.

  99. Susan B
    29/08/2017 / 2:58 am

    Perfect timing for the play swap! The youngest was the easiest to organise this challenge for. She enjoyed the extra time and attention and worked up quite an appetite.

    We pretty much only had outdoor play while growing up. We played in the garden, on the road (eek) and down by the river and local factory (eek again). We went off for hours at a time as a group with neighbours. I often wonder if our parents ever worried about us. The only harm we ever came to was the occasional cut, bruise or broken arm.

  100. 29/08/2017 / 2:26 pm

    Instead of playing on the ipad this morning, we decided to paint. Usually the thought of painting with my childrens scares me as I always worry about the clean up. It went surprising well, they created a master piece which I am very proud of!

    I grew up in South Africa, so the weather is mostly good all year around, most of my childhood was spent outdoors, climbing trees, playing in our treehouse and making mud pies.

  101. carol Boffey
    29/08/2017 / 5:04 pm

    i was always out exploring and playing

  102. Lindsey Stuart
    29/08/2017 / 7:08 pm

    I read this blog post some time ago and decided to book mark it and give this a go and I am so glad i did
    (I must admit in the past I haven’t played enough outdoors with the kids)
    We have had the most amazing end to the holidays doing this challenge! We have had water fights, played rounders, tennis, went bug hunting and even had our supper out in the garden it was wonderful
    We continue to spend at least 20 minutes outdoors after school, my little ones water the plants (which isn’t often with the amount of rain we have had LOL)

    I remember when I was little my friends and i used to play hopscotch although i think we had more fun drawing on the slabs with chalk!! Family tennis was brilliant!

  103. Ellen Stafford
    29/08/2017 / 10:02 pm

    Oh my gosh as a child I spent most of my time outside. We lived on a really lovely estate and I would hang out with the other kids. We would climb trees, play football, have bike races, play games like hide and seek. We also had a meadow that we would play in. Then I got into rollerskating so was out skating a lot. I loved being outside.

  104. olivia280177
    29/08/2017 / 10:38 pm

    This is fabulous, I do feel guilty when i allow the kids on their devices for a while but when they are off on the long holidays I do it if i need to get on and do some jobs upstairs.

    We have been doing this initiative and we drew up a list of different things we wanted to do over the seven days – we were trying to think of some slightly more unusual activities to really pique the children’s interest. What has been lovely is that this Summer my husband has been working at home and we would do the 30 minutes+ when it was Daddy’s lunch break when possible. This was so special for the children and they really appreciated the extra quality time with him.

    Day 1 – I went into the shed and got out a big bag of obstacle course/multi sports items we have and we wandered over to the park area near us. We took a big bottle of water too and our sandwiches. We played with frog shaped bean bags, skipping ropes, boules, egg and spoon and croquet. This was a big success and the children and I stayed out longer than my husband was able to and continued the fun!

    Day 2 – We went out on our scooters down the alley way near us then to the smaller park where we played on the equipment – I did ‘circuits’ around the park as I’m trying to get my steps up on my fitness app!

    Day 3 – we got into the car for this one but we went to our local Pick Your Own farm and picked fruit and beans. The kids love doing this – they get fresh air, they learn about where our food comes from and we get a baking activity when we get home! (Crumble and a cobbler!)

    Day 4 – Bug hunt and bark rubbings – we found our compass, binoculars, magnifying glass and i-spy books and took ourselves off to the other side of town to the country park. We spotted lots of birds too as there’s a look out there. We took the ducks some lettuce but they weren’t interested in it!

    Day 5 – We went to the park near us again and taught the children cricket. We had a bit of a kick around too as big brother was with us and he loves playing football and showing off his tricks.

    Day 6 – was a bit wet this day but Daddy showed the littles how to make paper aeroplanes and they made a bit of a DIY kite too. I managed to get out with them to test them out, with varying success!! We took the bubbles too and watched them float away up into the cloudy sky.

    Day 7 – We went to my Mum’s and walked to the play area there. There’s a field that is a public walk way with a shallow brook so we went in there in our wellies and had a bit of a splash, as well as play on the zip wire and climbing frame.

    We had a wonderful week of outdoor activities and the children were dropping off earlier so that can’t be a bad thing!

    When I was little I lived in a different area, right near a canal. I would go off for hours on end with my friends walking along the canal, or packing a little picnic in my bike’s basket. We’d take a little radio and hang it on a tree and make dens, sometimes I’d take our dog and we wouldn’t come back til tea time. I’d go for long country walks, picking blackberries, watching the trains and the canal barges with friends. I hate to say it but it’d scare me to death to give my children the same freedom that I had.

    • olivia280177
      29/08/2017 / 10:41 pm

      My twitter is @sayhelloflo
      Oh a couple of other things I did as a child was make ‘perfume’ – collect all flower petals I could find and mix them with water and also go looking for snails on the dock leaves!!

  105. Samantha
    29/08/2017 / 11:56 pm

    As a child I spent most my time desperately trying to force my 2 brothers to play dolly’s with me. I loved bike rides and makig mud pies in my Nans garden and we had so much fun with the hose pipe in the garden and taking our dog out into the woods with magnifying glasses and binoculars. My 2 little ones are just the same – They love jumping in puddles and insect spotting, they absolutely love being outside :)

  106. Charlotte Bell
    30/08/2017 / 10:36 am

    I am only 24 but I was always playing outside as a child! We would have a pretend shop and the money would be leaves! I can remember it so clearly. I’ve got my first baby due next year and I am so keen to encourage outdoor play and minimal technology!

  107. Laura Whittle
    30/08/2017 / 11:30 am

    We’ve swapped our digital play for a tea party in the garden, a mini sports day with cousins and a spot of outdoor painting of their favourite flower from the garden. I remember lovely Summers outdoors when I was younger. Trips to the park, playing house in my Nan’s summerhouse, playing cricket with my siblings, lovely memories x

  108. Jacqui Graham
    30/08/2017 / 12:05 pm

    I remember never feeling hungry, never feeling cold, even thought we did not have central heating, and had frost on the INSIDE of the windows. I never thought about time, and came home when it was becoming dark, I made a tent out of a curtain, and a washing line with housebricks to hold then bottoms down. We had no internet, only 4 television channels – but never felt bored. I would make fences around my garden and ride my ‘horse’ around the jumps, we would play hopscotch on the garden path for hours, and when it was dark, postpone the game for the next day. The days seemed hotter, and warmer, with no mobile phone ever thought of.

  109. aj
    30/08/2017 / 1:39 pm

    I used to play rugby with my couson, or dig up friends garden patch

  110. 30/08/2017 / 2:16 pm

    Wow, what a fab idea, every day we ended up spending way more than 30 mins, in the park, the garden, the stables and on our bikes, sadly my mission to recreate my berry picking trips from my childhood, were unsuccessful as for some strange reason, there were no berries on the bushes :( we still enjoyed this experiment tho :)

  111. 30/08/2017 / 5:16 pm

    We were always outside, playing hopscotch in the street, on our bikes or making mudpies in the back. Twitter @sheridarby

  112. Rachel Bell
    30/08/2017 / 6:16 pm

    So for the past 7 days we have used our extra 30mins a day outdoor play doing lots of wonderful things – we have planted both tomatoes and flowers (from scratch!) built a birds nest, explored in the corn field (is that allowed?!) and chalked a hop-scotch on the pavement!! Plus even more :) unfortunately we don’t have a stream close by like I did when I was younger (wading through and trying to catch little fish with our hands was one of my favourite things) but they did lots that I used to do!

  113. Victoria Prince
    30/08/2017 / 6:18 pm

    My most vivid memory is probably taking my tea set and a book out on to our drive (end of a cul-de-sac) and having tea parties reading to next doors cats! Who were quite happy to oblige actually! (It was a very regular occurrence..)
    I used to love drawing on the patio with chalks as well, creating “masterpieces” I would then try and sell to my parents for about 5p, if memory serves correctly! (probably too much Mary Poppins…)

    Hours spent out on my bike or on roller skates, and I’m sure I used to “make” things (potion type things) using random plants and bits and pieces I’d found in the garden but I can’t remember the details!

  114. Marie B
    30/08/2017 / 6:44 pm

    I used to play in the garden either riding my bike up and down, swinging on the swing or hunting around the garden looking for interesting wildlife

  115. Ashley Whitbread
    30/08/2017 / 8:00 pm

    When I was a child I used to always play out with my older cousins, building tree houses in the local farmers fields! Climbing trees and watching the farmer harvest! And go stream jumping! (I would watch usually as I was the smallest and would fall in!) it’s the best memories!

  116. Lanne West
    30/08/2017 / 8:49 pm

    As a child my gran used to give me
    and my best friend her old ‘frocks’ to play fancy dress. My daughter is lucky enough to have princess outfits and tiara’s so we swapped to do that instead today xx

  117. Amy Lambert
    30/08/2017 / 11:29 pm

    i was always obsessed with being on my bike when i was younger and we also used to go into the woods and down by the river to explore

  118. Emma Topp
    30/08/2017 / 11:44 pm

    When I go babysitting the two little girls love the games I make up. Their favourite is very simple yet effective. I am a big monster and I chase them all around the garden. They absolutely love it and squeal with laughter as I lumber about after them. The only trouble is that it’s a bit too much running about for me; the monster has to have a couple of minutes rest every now and then!

  119. Joseph jones
    31/08/2017 / 12:57 am

    I always remember playing out as a child..setting off in the morning with a packed lunch and going exploring..mums and dads didn’t used to worry about us we could enjoy the day playing in parks with our friends

  120. 31/08/2017 / 1:02 am

    Living in London I always remember being taken to Hyde park, Holland Park, Kew Gardens etc anything to get us out and about and enjoying the fresh air, nature and natural environments. There’s so many hidden treasures in London, it’s not all high rise buildings and concrete :) I will never forget the time my grandad told me peacocks love ice cream and told me it would lick the ice cream. To my surprise, the peacock took the whole ice cream out of my hand! I love spending time outside with my kids as the best memories are made away from tehnology.

  121. Theresa Thomas
    31/08/2017 / 3:58 am

    I have this week off of work, we should have been going on a family walking holiday but had to cancel (long story), so it would have been easy to just plonk my Son in front of the TV/Xbox, but instead I signed him up to the local Football camp. My Son used to go on the Xbox on a morning before football, so I have stopped that, instead he reads or goes to play in the garden. My memories of outdoor play as a child were Bike ride through the fields. Walks around the local village with took a good few hours. Being kicked out the house in the morning and coming back for lunch, then back out until the street lights come on. Outdoor Play was very different to how it is now.

  122. Emma Louise Elliott
    31/08/2017 / 7:37 am

    Every day when it’s not raining (although she loves the rain) we at least go for a walk. My daughter who is almost 2 prefers that to anything else. Yesterday we were animal hunting and collecting items we found like sticks and stones xxx

  123. 31/08/2017 / 7:49 am

    Playing on my bike all summer, my friend & I would go everywhere on our bikes but mostly around our local park, there were a couple of trees that were brilliant to climb, we had so much more freedom than I allow my children to have

  124. 31/08/2017 / 8:01 am

    This summer for my son has been much like my own summers as a child. He’s been old enough to go to the park with his friend without an adult for the first time.

  125. 31/08/2017 / 9:00 am

    My daughters love playing outside, so spending more than 30 mins outside each day is fun. We have a slide and tents to play with

  126. Jade Marie Leigh
    31/08/2017 / 9:09 am

    As children we would go to the nearest woods and build dens, go blackberry picking walks around the racecourse, picnics we were very rarely in the house, we always slept well at night (because we were all exhausted) My children love doing the same finished with a little paddle in the stream, great fun, fresh air and its all free xxx

  127. Jo Hutchings
    31/08/2017 / 9:42 am

    My mum was very strict about outdoor play in our neighbourhood so we didn’t do it as much as we liked. However we used to play in our garden absolutely loads and used to hunt for bugs and make perfume out of rose petsls. For our seven day challenge we went to a few local parks and National Trust sites so somewhere different every day. We took picnics most of the time so it was a really cheap way to have quality family time.

  128. Josh Gough
    31/08/2017 / 10:33 am

    Oh gosh, what a brilliant challenge! We go for outdoor time over tech as much as possible. My children are like I was – lots of little injuries resulting from not being wrapped in cotton wool – and germolene is definitely an important weapon! My favourite memories of childhood are making dens in the fields with my cousins.

  129. Emily Slough
    31/08/2017 / 11:14 am

    Oh we had so much fun as kids! We spend all of the day outdoors and the summer holidays really did last forever! We would go out at 8 in the morning straight after breakfast (and I’m sure we had more sunshine then too!) and we would stay out with our friends until mum called us in. We would climb trees, make dens, play acky 123, hide and seek, ball games. If we were feeling mischievous (which we often were) we would play knock and run on the grumpy people in the neighbourhood haha! It was so much fun being a kid before the digital age. I’ve sent my boy out to play with his friend today but it really saddens me that I don’t feel I can let him play out the front on his own. He is restricted to our garden because I worry too much about what would happen if I allowed him the freedom of the street. It’s not like it was when we were kids. Too many horrible people about.

  130. Peggy rossiter
    31/08/2017 / 11:30 am

    Skipping, playing marbles, pick up sticks, jacks, hopscotch, taking my very patient cat for walks in my dolls pram! On wet days reading for hours, doing puzzles, organising my dolls house, playing ludo, monopoly, snakes and ladders, draughts, plaing cards – donkey, happy families, snap, beat jack out of doors, and patience! Once i organised a pavement flower show, collecting “entries” from all the neighbours! Happy days

  131. 31/08/2017 / 12:07 pm

    we’re a very tech orientated family as it’s essential for my eldest to be able to communicate (amongst other things) so we id find the challenge a little bit harder but we gave it a go! My 3 year old benefited massively though and loved having more time outdoors. I remember spending my time outdoors playing in the woods with my mates!

  132. 31/08/2017 / 12:21 pm

    I remember making a treehouse in one of the trees in our garden with my brother and playing cops and robbers. We pretended to be cops on our bikes chasing the bad guys. I also remember playing rounders a lot, but that got a bit annoying as the ball kept ending up in the school behind where we lived.

    We have been making sure we go outside for at least an hour everyday to get away from the TV. We either go to the park, play in the garden or go for a walk.

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  133. Dean Boyle
    31/08/2017 / 12:36 pm

    I was never inside as s child always outside playing I make sure my kid go outside when I come home from work there trampoline is the current favourite it’s more of a stage than anything else

  134. Lauren Boyle
    31/08/2017 / 2:21 pm

    I remember always playing outside as a child, it was good because in our cul de sac there were lots of children about the same age! I try to encourage my girls to play out as much as possible, not that they need much encouragement they love being outdoors !

  135. Yvonne P
    31/08/2017 / 2:30 pm

    I. Spent hours pretending I had a horse (and sometimes forcing my younger sister to BE the horse!)

  136. Simone Griffin
    31/08/2017 / 3:17 pm

    We actually loved this challenge! I thought we would get some resistance from our children but it was surprisingly easy. Our kids loved the extra interaction from us as parents and to be honest it made me feel a little bad that I had to do this challenge to realise it. It doesn’t matter what the activity is; we did treasure hunts in the garden, skipping, hopscotch, balloon keeping in the air, amongst others. As well as the physical activity, the laughing the activities provoked made everyone feel great! Don’t get me wrong, we always spent time together as a family anyway, but I think and now firmly believe that finding 30 minutes to ‘play’ together really helps the family unit and we will not be using digital devises as much now! Thank you for making me do this challenge! Love from mummy, daddy, Paige, Sam and Lucas xxx

  137. Mary Campbell
    31/08/2017 / 4:17 pm

    I and all my friends used to play constantly with a rubber ball up against the side of the school building. There was a rhyme that went it – something like: “Plainy, clappy, roly, tobacky, touch your heel, touch your toe, touch the ground and birly round”.
    Halycon times.

  138. 31/08/2017 / 5:37 pm

    Used to go up into the local fields and fly kites with my mates, never see kids flying kites anymore or even playing outside. Strange times and kind of sad

  139. Kyomi Johnson
    31/08/2017 / 5:55 pm

    Was enjoyable I’m currently going through chemotherapy treatment so time spent away from hospitals was great with my little niece we went on bear hunts and took the dog for walks which she loves we visited the zoo and spent time at our static caravan in Wales so much to do the park lovely walks bbqs with family being together. I can always remember doing these things with my family as a child I’m the only girl so was round my two older brothers and was a tomboy I’d play cricket or football with them and get dirty playing in the mud I learnt how to ride a bike and spent time going on walks it was great so doing that with my little niece is so magical and precious.

  140. jackie beckett
    31/08/2017 / 6:29 pm

    My granddaughters go to the local park every day unless it really wet, they play in the garden with balls, chalks , messy play and paints , if its wet they go to soft play to let off some energy. I was a child of the 50s living in the country we spent hours going through the farmland playing all sorts , swinging from trees , messing in streams, going through fields avoiding cow pats , then there was an old quarry which would play for hours in and pick loads of wild flowers today a lot of this seems unsafe but we survived

  141. Rebecca roberts
    31/08/2017 / 6:55 pm

    Me and my daughter are out walking everywhere everyday we love it and it’s exactly what I did as a kid I’m a bit of a raffle in the even tho when she’s in bed on my ipad

  142. Jill Fairbanks
    31/08/2017 / 7:08 pm

    We like to have a least one walk a day as a family sometimes it’s hard to fit in but it’s our family time and great for getting us all moving too I loved to go to the park with my sisters

  143. Suzie Wilder
    31/08/2017 / 7:18 pm

    Loved this challenge! My son adores football so every day, I was in the back garden with him, (trying!!) to play a game of football! We really enjoyed this time together and its something we will carry on doing! I do remember as a child playing ‘bulldog’ with all the other children in the street. We lived in a Cul de Sac so we are always allowed out! Loved it!

  144. kim davies
    31/08/2017 / 7:39 pm

    As a child i used to love playing outside. one of my favourite outdoor play was making my own perfume so i would have to Pull the lavender out and then try and mash it with water in a bucket. I used to spend hours doing this in my garden. My own son is very active. we have a goal post, trampoline and cricker set in our garden and we make sure we go for at least one walk or bike ride a day as I don’t believe in being cooped up in the house all day.

  145. Neha Chauhan
    31/08/2017 / 8:03 pm

    I remember playing dressing up with a scarf and dancing to bollywood tunes and songs on my building terrace.We had an amazing time and had a small snack after that which we used to bring from our homes.

  146. Paula Cheadle
    31/08/2017 / 8:33 pm

    did not go out much on school days, but on the weekends get up have breakfast do a packed lunch, went out all day got back home in time for evening meal, we went out to the local parks, within 4 miles there was about 15 different ones. we always made arranges to meet at one of them

  147. Beverley whitby
    31/08/2017 / 8:53 pm

    my outdoor play entailed imagination as we didn’t have a lot of money, leoids , tag, hide and seek, were normal with football (3 and in), 2 ballie, skipping, rollerskates (the ones that fitted over your shoes) and hopscotch whiled away the hours… No mobile phones or computer games.. we had lots of friends and summer holiday where spent laughing and having fun.

  148. Samantha Philpott
    31/08/2017 / 9:20 pm

    I set this challenge for my son and he seems so much happier, sleeps better and is getting more exercise. As a child I spent a lot of my time outside playing Kirbsy, run outs and football, those were some of my favourite days. My mum didn’t allow us to spend our time sat in front of the tv or on consoles and I feel this is important to stop obesity and unfit children.

  149. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    31/08/2017 / 9:22 pm

    We used to go to the local Olympic sized swimming pool and dive from the diving board or dive down to bottom and hold imaginary tea parties.

  150. Claudia Carroll
    31/08/2017 / 9:48 pm

    I limited my son’s screen time and he has become happier, healthier looking and plays more with his brother! My own memories are from being 11/12 and rollerbooting around the block with my friends…I loved it ;-)

  151. Marina Owen
    31/08/2017 / 9:54 pm

    I’ve been off work this past week and we decided to take up this challenge. It’s been such a lovely week and we’ve all had fun. We’ve been cycling, playing on the trampoline (that was hard. I don’t know how the kids can play on it all day. 5 mins was more than enough for me), playing cricket, badminton and footie. When the weather’s been bad we’ve been playing scrabble, making crafts for the local flower show and making rice crispy cakes. We’ve had such a great time we’re going to try and do this every day. We’re going to switch our mobiles, ipods etc off and enjoy some quality time together before bedtime. Luckily we live on an estate in a rural area where we all know each other. The kids play outside with their friends all day and they all look out for each other as do the parents. I grew up on a similar estate in another village. We’re lucky to live where we do and that my kids can play like I used to when I was growing up. I know kids in other areas and big cities aren’t as lucky.

  152. claire fawkner
    31/08/2017 / 9:59 pm

    I remember as a child playing for hours in the hay barns in Ireland. We were very lucky to have wonderful holidays on the family farm, helping out with the animals and making dens. We were always filthy and always smiling!
    I have really limited the amount of screen time as I really notice how it affects my childrens behaviour. We have been lucky to be on a campsite for three of the weeks and the children have enjoyed the following:
    Riding their bikes
    Rolling down the hills
    Going for coast path walks and flying their kites
    Swimming in the sea

  153. Oksana Fitzgerald
    31/08/2017 / 10:17 pm

    Climbing trees and collecting insects in the garden

  154. Family Makes
    31/08/2017 / 10:23 pm

    My kids have loved being outside every day, especially as the weather is still really nice. At the weekend we went to some English Heritage properties and they had so much fun running around the open spaces. Through the week they have been back to school, but have played out on the field next to our house each night, and have enjoyed the freedom and the fresh air, and letting off steam after school. When I was young we were in each others’ gardens all the time in our street, and often played on the local field or the beach nearby. We made up dances and plays, or collected leaves, caterpillars and ladybirds! It seemed very safe to just wander off then, but I like to know where my kids are these days, even if I can’t see them, I know where they are if I need them.

  155. 31/08/2017 / 10:48 pm

    I always cut digital time but had digital free days, i think it’s so much nicer to see kids actually out exploring &doing things than tapping a way at a screen,my own memories of being a child are climbing trees,playing tag,skipping & roller skating.

  156. Tracey Susan Anderson
    31/08/2017 / 11:01 pm

    I have such happy memories of always being outside with my friends playing. We were mostly in the park which was only down the road and look for wildlife and collect leaves in the Autumn to make scrapbooks. We’d pick petals and mix with water to make perfume which always had no smell lol but was still fun to make. Our neighbour an elderly gentleman would leave homegrown rhubarb on our doorstep and i would ask Mum if i could have a couple of sticks and a bowl of sugar which i would share with my friends The thought of eating raw rhubarb now makes me shudder but as a child it tasted wonderful! Very happy times :) x

  157. 31/08/2017 / 11:10 pm

    Over the summer we have managed to cut out an hour of screen time bringing it down to just 1 hour at night. Instead we have been heading to the park where we can play on the swings and slide, play some tennis (most recent) play hide and seek or play football. If we haven’t ventured out for a walk or too far from home we spent sometime in our very small garden doing some skipping, jumping games, pretending to be explorers and even hop scotch. The final outdoor type things we have been doing is take out my son’s bike and scooter for long family walks to add some excitement instead of always exploring.
    I personally remember being outdoors quite a bit as a child although I do think my favourite memory would have to be while visiting a beautiful cottage in Ireland with some aunts.We headed out to this beautiful island where you could find amazing insects and animals as well as some beautiful gardens along with this pool which actually needed cleaned.. so of course someone ended up plonked down into the pool! On the up side we got to see hundreds (not an exaggeration) of jelly fish all floating just under the surface of the sea while waiting for the boat to return. They all had red backs and got so close you could see the pattern on their tops!

  158. 31/08/2017 / 11:23 pm

    We’ve really enjoyed hunting for #ShropshireRocks – a relatively new craze that includes painting & varnishing stones and hiding them absolutely anywhere. The finder then takes a picture of the rock, posts to the Facebook page, and re-hides to carry on the fun. Such a great activity that’s become popular with all ages.

  159. Shannon Wills
    31/08/2017 / 11:38 pm

    I enjoyed playing outside and we useto makeup so many games like mr wolf. I had a great grandad who took me to the duck pond and it was amazing :)

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