#SpringIntoAction Get Outdoors and Get Muddy!

March 19, 2016 24 Comments

We are taking part in British Military Fitness’ #SpringIntoAction campaign to encourage children to get outside and play and get muddy this Easter!  With the official first day of Spring tomorrow (20th March), the sun is starting to shine more, flowers are popping up and there is no better time to get the kids outdoors enjoying the fresh air.

#SpringintoAction Get Outdoors and Get Muddy!

So as part of the #SpringintoAction campaign, this week we have been having fun outdoors. The children love being outside and playing, and there are so many benefits to playing in the fresh air rather than sitting in front of the TV!

My kids love being outside, it’s when they are at their happiest, especially if there is mud involved (Oliver loves nothing more than getting muddy!), and if the children are happy then I am happy.  There are obvious health benefits from being active outside in the fresh air, but aside from that it also teaches children about nature, how things grow and is great to encourage imaginative play which is key for their development.

So this is what we have been up to this week.

Clare Country Park

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We spent an afternoon at a local country park. Other than the parking it was free, and provided hours of entertainment.  We walked along the river and the kids fed the ducks.  We made our duck food by mixing sweetcorn, peas and oats which is much healthier duck food than bread.  The ducks were enjoying it so much that 2 swans decided to pop by for some food!

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As we walked along the river the kids were looking for sticks and feathers, and bird spotting in the trees.  The park had various wooden information signs illustrating what wildlife to look out for. Isla was desperate to spot a Woody woodpecker, but we didn’t see one this time.

Then we found a muddy puddle, this tiny bit of muddy water kept them amused for ages. They were taking run ups and jumping, and seeing how high they could jump.

Jumping in muddy puddle
Jumping in muddle puddles!


Needless to say it was quite messy, but the kids were having a great time as you can see from the photos.

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After getting cleaned up we had our little picnic, you can’t beat eating outdoors and the kids always seem to eat better. I even got them trying hummus and cream cheese with vegetable sticks which they really enjoyed.

After walking around a bit more, we started to make our way home. Both kiddies were asleep within minutes of getting in the car. All the fresh air and running around had really worn them out.

Hatfield Forest

Today we made our way to Hatfield Forest to enjoy some more family outdoor fun, and this time Daddy could come too and we meet my brother and my nephew Kieran there.  There were plenty of areas suitable for making dens, and some half built ones. The kids had fun gathering sticks and playing in them, pretending they were built by fairies.

A trip to the forest wouldn’t be complete without climbing trees, the boys definitely were more keen than the girls. Oliver did need a helping hand, but he loved joining in with the big boys!

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Of course no trip outside would be complete without getting muddy! There was plenty of mud for Oliver to play in, a bit more than he bargained for when he slipped over and landed bottom first, but it didn’t seem to dampen his spirits.

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We all had a fantastic day, great entertainment for all the family and we only had to pay for parking again!

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So you see how much fun with have had this week, so why don’t you get the kids out and join in with the  #SpringIntoAction campaign and get outdoors and get muddy!

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


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  • Sarah March 21, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I do love a bit of muddy puddle jumping! The boy doesn’t mind it either haha! #kcacols

    • Kerry March 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Yes you can’t beat getting muddy!

  • Mommy Muddling March 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    It’s been ages since I’ve played in the mud! I remember making mud pies when I was a little one. My kids have never been much for getting dirty, aside from my youngest who would love to get dirty all the time! But boy do they all enjoy time spent outdoors…it looks like your children really loved the time they spent with you enjoying the fresh air! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 21, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Yes my kids love playing outside and hopefully now Spring is here we will be able to do it more! Thanks for your comment x

  • Kaye March 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    This is so fab and makes me realise I need to let go a bit. I get so anxious about mess, but letting them go ahead and get totally muddy is what childhood is about so next time I take A to the park, I’m going to let him go wild! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • Kerry March 21, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      I hate mess too, but you just need a pair of water proof trousers and good wellies, several packs of baby wipes and you’re good to go!

  • Coombe Mill - Fiona March 22, 2016 at 12:31 am

    this is just my sort of day out. there is nothing better than discovering our parks and woodland as a family. There is so much creative play in nature that needn’t cost the earth. Spring into Action sounds fab. I’d love you to join me for Country Kids too, it’s a weekly link up for all outdoor fun just like this. Popping by today from#MarvMondays

    • Kerry March 22, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Thank you, ill pop over and take a look! X

  • Jenni March 23, 2016 at 8:04 am

    This is such a great idea. Looks like you had lots of fun x #bestandworst

    • Kerry March 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Yes we had lots of fun! Thanks for your comment x

  • Mother of 3 March 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    My kids are now at the age where they’d rather ride their bikes through the mud than jump in it… but either way it sure is fun!

    • Kerry March 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Getting outdoors is great fun for the kids, whatever their ages! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum March 23, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    It looks like you’ve all been having lots of fun in the mud, being outdoors is great for the littles (and us adults). We try to get out every weekend, even if only for an hour or two #bestandworst x

    • Kerry March 24, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Yes, I am definitely trying to get out more with the kids since being involved with this campaign. Thanks for your comment x

  • Erin Vincent March 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I LOVE your day out!Mud puddles are the best! We just got our youngest her first pair of rain boots so now I’m patiently waiting for our first spring rain. I can’t wait to jump in the puddles with her! #TwinklyTuesday

    • Kerry March 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

      We had a great time, hoping to get out more over the Easter weekend. Thanks for your comment x

  • Crummy Mummy March 24, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I used to do BMF until I got pregnant with Little B. It was always such fun and this campaign sounds like a great ideax #bestandworst

    • Kerry March 24, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Thank you, yes I think the campaign is a great idea too, need to see more kids outside playing! x

  • veronica lee March 24, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Yayyyy for mud puddles! I love that this campaign encourages children to get outside and play. Most kids these days are chained to their digital devices and that is so sad.


    • Kerry March 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Yes, anything that encourages us to get outside and have fun has to be a good thing!

  • Maria March 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Ahh muddy puddles are the best for kids but only when they have wellies on! My boys are so excited that spring is finally here and they are allowed to go out into the garden. Although thanks to Storm Katie we now have a trampoline with no net! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 31, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Wellies and waterproof trousers! Yes we had a few fence panels down in the storm which now need repairing. x

  • A Moment with Franca March 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    My girls love muddy paddles. They can jump for hours if they could. Your kids look so happy, it is just so cute. I love their hats. They look so adorable with them. I’m so happy that the weather is now looking better so we can enjoy much more outdoor days! Thanks so much lovely for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you back on Sat 2nd April when the linky opens again, 🙂 x

    • Kerry April 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you for hosting! Yes I’ll be back. Hoping to get outside more now that the weather has improved x

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