*This post is supported by Clark Rubber
The year is flying and it’s hard to believe that summer school holidays are almost here again! Growing up in the 80s, I have many fond memories of sunny days spent playing in the backyard with my siblings.
Some of the best times I had were the countless hours spent hurtling myself down a slip and slide over and over and over again, splashing around in the wading pool until my fingers and toes turned wrinkly and running around squealing like crazy under a simpler.
Then when we were tired and had enough, we headed inside to grab a Sunnyboy from the freezer to slurp away in front of the television or maybe even take a nap to the sounds of a test cricket match as my brothers watched on in interest (me not so much).
There were real no schedules or planned activities, just spontaneous fun with my siblings and the occasional last minute play date with friends. We didn’t really go on family holidays, just the occasional day trip to the beach, but we still had plenty of fun at home with games of backyard cricket or chasey often with a water pistol in hand.
Times may have changed, but this summer I intend to try and recreate some of this good old fashioned summer fun with my own children.
From slip and slides to wading pools, sprinklers to water pistols – there are some awesome water play products on the market these days. You can find a great range of water toys available from Clark Rubber that are sure to keep your kids entertained day after day over the summer break.
I recently had the opportunity to try out a double superslide and Dinoland aqua play centre with my girls – they had an absolute ball! No need to head out when my own backyard looked like a water theme park with them all set up near our outdoor spa.
I even took a bit of a trip down memory lane as I recently browsed their range online when I came across the aqua pony! It’s the very same toy I received one year at Christmas and used in my wading pool. It was far too big for the size of the pool, but I gosh how I loved it! I guess some things don’t change after all.
Always remember, never leave children unattended when playing near water. Also, check with your local council for pool and spa fencing, safety and water regulations.
**One blog reader has the opportunity to win a fun family water play pack from Clark Rubber – keep reading for details!**
COMPETITION IS CLOSED – WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW
Sports and games
Whether it be backyard cricket, totem tennis, badminton, netball or basketball, it’s easy to set up a fun game for the kids in the backyard. I even recall using a cricket stump as a bat and a tennis ball for a game of stick cricket in the garage when the weather wasn’t great over the holidays. Or grab some chalk and create a masterpiece on the pavement outside or draw up a game of hopscotch. Even a simple game of catch, hide and seek or elastics offers plenty of fun.
Tents and cubbies
If you have a tent, consider grabbing and sleeping bags and pitching the tent in the backyard for a camp out with the kids one night when the weather is warm. Or make a simple cubby in the backyard during the day using a tarpaulin, sheets, rope, chairs or whatever you have on hand, then let the kids’ use their imagination and enjoy their creation.
Get the kids involved in planting a few pretty summer flowers in the garden or create a small vegetable patch – even a large pot will do if space is an issue – at the beginning of the summer holidays. Plant some summer-loving vegetables such as lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber or zucchini and get your children involved in watering and nurturing the seeds or seedlings and watching them as they grow over the weeks to come.
Christmas lights and carols
String up some fairy lights in the backyard, grab some cushions, blankets and chairs, and enjoy singing some Christmas songs with your family, on invite a few friends over, for your very own carols night. You could even light some candles or find some battery powered ones to add to the experience.
Outdoor nature craft
Send your kids on a scavenger hunt in the backyard to collect flowers, leaves, seed pods, rocks and so on then set up an arts and crafts station outside with paper, cardboard, glue, paint, ribbon, string, for them to create something from their backyard nature finds. It could be an artwork or even a mobile with items threaded onto a stick from the garden – it’s limited only by their imagination!
Any one of these simple activities is bound to create some beautiful summer holiday memories for you and your family. It’s these moments of laughter and happiness and time spent together that will be cherished forever.
To help your family enjoy the summer holidays, Clark Rubber is offering one reader the chance to win a fun family water play pack consisting of a Double Superslide and Dinoland Play Centre. The total prize pack is valued at $134.95 RRP!
To enter, simply answer this question by commenting below: What is your fondest memory of summer holiday fun with your family or as a child?
THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED
The winner is JODY BUHAGIAR– an email has been sent in order to claim your prize.
Terms and conditions
This competition is opens at 7am AEDT on 29 November 2016 and closes at 7pm AEDT on 12 December 2016.
This giveaway is based on a game of skill and the best response that answers the question will be selected as the winner.
Entry is via leaving a comment on the giveaway blog post to answer the question.
This competition is open to Australian residents only aged 18 years and over.
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Ever-changing Life of a Mum accepts no responsibility for prizes sent by the promoter.
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*This post is supported by Clark Rubber. I also received a Double Superslide (RRP $34.95) and a Dinoland Play Centre (RRP $99.95) for the purpose of this post, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own. Links in this post are for information purposes and are not affiliate links.