Tuesday, March 28, 2017

plan the perfect park date with your toddler

The park might be our second home, fact. Everyday Hazel asks to go to the park at least once, and if I say not today she responds with a very so sweet pleeeeeeeeease.  This girl is already learning how to get me to say yes and she's only two. What a trickster.

We love playing at the park, especially with the great weather we've been having - unfortunately coming to an end soon - but, we've been trying to take advantage of it as long as we can. We have found some fun new parks that we love to visit at least once a week. Hazel likes to come up with names for these parks - mostly they are named after the people who live nearby. For example, this park in the photos is called Gran's park, because it's near my mom and dad's house. Anyways, since we are such pros at playing at the park (haha!) I thought I would give some fun ideas on how we enjoy our time there.

1. Play With Your Toddler - Don't just sit around on the bench, get up and enjoy the weather, the cool breeze. Chase your toddler around the park, play with them, go down the slides with them. Quality time with parents is something children always remember, the one-on-one play is so special and really helps build your relationship. And all the running around gives you a nice workout too!

2. Bring Snacks and Water - We love taking this Snack N' Sip cup to the park with us. It's light, easy to carry, and has the perfect spot to keep your snacks. I especially love that it is two-in-one, that way you just have one thing to bring with you. You don't have to worry about lugging around a bunch of cups and bowls. I also really like the no spill feature, perfect for little toddlers who can sometimes make a mess. Hazel really likes that she can easily get into the snack part, and it's fun for her because it's like the snacks are a little hidden treasure in her cup. It's also really easy to wash and take apart. 

3. Let Them Explore on Their Own - I know, I know. I said play with them. You can do both! In fact, it's also good for them to explore the world on their own as well. Let them play in the sand, or walk along the walkways and try to balance. Obviously, you don't want them to wander too far away, but give them a bit of space. 

4. Teach Them About The Park - When they come back from exploring, ask them what they saw. Point out different birds or plants that you see, tell them about the animals that live in trees or the bushes nearby. Remind them that this is the animals home so we need to treat the park with respect. 
We love being outside! What do you like to do when you play at the park? What kind of snacks do you bring?

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