Monday 19 June 2017

My Quick Thinking Park Idea

Today it was such a hot day as you know. I took Lily over to our local park and we had a picnic and a good run around with the ball. I knew she would want to go on the playground but was trying to her encourage her to play with other things because I knew everything on the playground was so hot. 

But Lily just loves the swings too much and how can I say no to her when they are staring her right in the face.

I felt the swings and they were hot. They would have burnt her legs. So I folded up the picnic matt and placed it inside for her to be able to swing. Easy enough and quite an obvious thing to do. She then went on the round about, which I did the same thing, and then she sat in the metal helicopter and so I placed in in there for her to sit as well. 

Then she asked to go on the slide and I thought, well, the picnic blanket isn't big enough to cover the slide. What am I going to do. Then I had an idea. I again folded the picnic matt up, and I helped Lily sit on it at the top of the slide, and then pulled the matt down the slide. 

It worked brilliantly, and it made it so much easier to slide down and she went smoothly down rather than her shoes catching the metal on the slide and stopping her sliding. It reminded me of a Helta Skelta ride. She loved it and we had to do it over and over again.

So next time your heading to the park on a really hot day, you may think its too sunny to take a blanket with you, but think agin as it comes in really useful. Can't believe I didn't think of it before. 

Here are some fun pictures of Lily getting to enjoy the park today. 

Country Kids


  1. Always try yo remember snacks drinks and a blanket -otherwise it costs a fortune
    Lovely pictures

  2. hehehe the slide with the mat reminded me of the helter skelter!

  3. I always took a blanket when mine were little and will do with my grandson!

  4. Oh dear, I can imagine how hot the slide was! But the park in any weather is always a fun place to go, especially when you have young kids :) #countrykids

  5. Thoughtful Mummy. Yet there can be many times where and when we need to aim to plan ahead, improvise etc. Maybe your experience as a Nursery Nurse has really been beneficial when it has come to Parenting, Caring for and Protecting Lily. Great to read of your experiences of Learning with Lily etc.

    Rachel Craig

  6. What a great idea! I must admit we kept to the shade for most of last week's heatwave. Didn't even think to do something like this but will next time. Thanks for sharing. #CountryKids

  7. Thank you for sharing this tip #CountryKids

  8. Now why have I not thought of this!! Great idea and I am sure this is going to be really useful for us too. Thank you :) #CountryKids

  9. What a great idea, the perfect way to let the kids enjoy the park without having too much to worry about! Lily looks so pleased that she's able to enjoy the park even in the heat, you must have been knackered running around behind her with the blanket though. The slide must have been great fun with less to slow her down!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  10. What a great idea, we love visiting the park too, ui usually say no to the slide if it's to hot and always have Mollies blanket with us as she won't sleep without it, il have to remember this, I usually use her wet wipes to clean the slide as the older children seem to enjoy tipping sticky drinks down the slide or mud xx