With the weather getting warmer we are enjoying taking opportunities to get out and about again and have had lots of lovely days out of late, which I am going to share with you.
One of the simplest, cheapest and really enjoyable days we had was at a park with some of our friends. Our husbands can all often work weekends so as we were all on our own this particular weekend, we decided to meet at a park with our kids. We all have two children each under 4 years old so it can be good to just take them somewhere fun and let them have a run and a play together to burn off all that energy! Not that us mummies have underlying motives of tiring the children out at all in return for an easy afternoon lol!
We were lucky enough to recently be sent a selection of fantastic products from the lovely people at Mothercare which were ideal for a day at the park
so I packed them up in our bag and took them along with us for the children to use and they went down a storm with all our little explorers! The kids were so excited when I got out the Early Learning Centre Explorer Kit and Binoculars we had and were keen to delve straight in!
Fortunately I had the two pairs of Discovery Channel binoculars we had been sent and a pair that comes in the Explorer Kit so there were enough pairs for each of the three older children.
They each hung the binoculars round their heads and started testing them out seeing what they could see around the park.
They were spying on us with their binoculars from behind trees and then looking right up into the sky and the top of the tall trees to see what birds they could see.
We had also been sent a lovely book, the RSPB First Book of Birds so we got this out as the park we were at has a lake and lots of different types of birds to see.
I was really impressed as to just how well this went down with them all as the oldest are all only 3 and 3 year olds aren’t known for the best attention span, but they were all engrossed and gathered round the book turning the pages and asking us to tell them all about the bids on each page.
Many of the birds in the book could be seen at the park so we continued to use our binoculars to see what we could spot and here’s what we found.
We also spotted hen’s, robin’s, sparrows and many more but didn’t quite catch the photo’s! lol! I am however rather impressed with my lovely shot of the ducks above!
We used the magnifying glass and magnifying container to look at smaller objects, which the children all had great fun trying out. It brought fond memories back of school days for us mums too.
As well as exploring we enjoyed playing in the park on the climbing frames, slides and swings and finished the morning off by feeding the ducks, which is of course obligatory!
The Early Learning Centre Explorers Kit we were sent from Mothercare is great fun. It has a pair of binoculars, a torch, a magnifying glass and a compass watch and retails at £15. It comes with it’s own little haversack too for your little explorers to take with them on their travels!
The Discovery Channel 4x 30 Binoculars (£6.99) we received were great quality and ideal for both younger and older children and I couldn’t recommend highly enough the RSPB My First Birds Book.
I have to confess none of the items were things I would have immediately thought to pick up in store, as my mum friends agreed at the time, but we were all really pleased to see how well it was received by our children. It’s great to see them so enthusiastic about nature and one of my friends has made it her mission to go and get one of the Explorer packs and this book as she lives in the countryside and her kids loved it so it’s perfect for their lifestyle and home surroundings, they can use it daily!
I’m going to make sure that every time we go out this summer we pop them in our bag as they offer a huge amount of fun and it’s great to encourage little ones to get up close to nature and to learn about the world in which we live. Thank you to Mothercare for introducing something new to me!
As part of the pack we also received a gorgeous summer dress for my eldest daughter and a fab pack of Discovery Channel Walkie Talkies (£24.99), which we are still testing out and will write more about later (the weather has been a little cold so far for the dress but we have tried it on and it looks lovely). The dress is the Mothercare Zebra Print Dress (£18-£19) and forms part of the new Mothercare summer adventure range, there’s lots of lovely items for girls and boys.
All in all we had a great day out and I am looking forward to plenty more over the coming weeks!
Disclaimer: Products were sent for review that have been included in this post but no payment was received for this post.