Confidence building through outdoor play

We love how Peakles confidence is growing everyday and we try to provide experiences for her that can build on this.  Outdoor play parks are a favourite with Peakles either in the winter or the summer.  Come rain or sunshine if we mention the word playground or play park, we turn around and she is standing next to the door wearing her sandals or Wellington boots. (Although not necessarily for the right season!)

Swings are a favourite when it is cold.....
Swings are a favourite when it is cold…..
...and when it is hot!
…and when it is hot!

 

We love going to the park and over the past few months I have noticed that Peakles confidence has grown as she has grown!  Normally when we would arrive at a new play area she would stick to the things that she knows – mainly the slide and the swings.  It would take lots of encouragement and hand holding to get her to try anything new, especially if other children were playing on the equipment too.  Then recently we had a break through! We arrived at the outdoor play area at Cragside Northumberland after enjoying a lovely picnic lunch.

mmmmm Strawberry picnic
mmmmm Strawberry picnic

The park was busy and there were lots of children playing in the sunshine.  I was aware that Peakles may only play on the slide and the swings and at first she sat on the swings and was happy enough.

We love the swings!

Then she went on a piece of equipment with a ‘wobbly’ bridge.  With out holding anyone’s hand she tentatively put a foot on the bridge.   ‘It WOBBLES’ she shrieked and I prepared myself to whisk her off.

It WOBBLES!
It WOBBLES!

But I did not move.  Daddy did not move.  Peakles did not move.  I smiled at Peakles and said in a matter of fact voice ‘Yes it does.’  Then she took another step and another.  She grinned and giggled.

Look at me! Wobbly Jelly!
Look at me! Wobbly Jelly!

She tried a small jump and giggled as the bridge wobbled and shook.  ‘Look at me! I’m like a wobbly jelly’ and began to walk faster and faster across the bridge.

Confidence booster!
Confidence booster!

She explored all sorts of balances and stretches.  Testing her body and herself.  Daddy and I watched and tried hard not to grab her when she stumbled.  We were rewarded with a beautiful smile and a huge shout out of sheer exhilaration as the bridge wobbled backwards and forwards under her!

yay look at me mummy
yay look at me mummy

Then she was done exploring this thrilling new piece of equipment.  Peakles decided to go down the slide and went on the swings as usual.

tyre swings
tyre swings

As my little girl giggled, Daddy pushed her on the swings, and she began shouting ‘Higher Daddy Higher!’  I knew that walking n the ‘wobbly bridge’ was another step towards becoming independent.  I am so proud of her and what she is achieving and I am thrilled that she is growing up happy and confident too.  Hope there are many more days like this to come!

 

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12 Responses
    1. Peakle Pie

      Sometimes it is the simple things that they remember too. She talks about the ‘wobbly bridge’ but can hardly remember the theme park we visited recently!

    1. Peakle Pie

      Have you tried the ‘wobbly bridge’? I tried one at a larger park – more for teens than toddlers and I got stuck it was so wobbly. I suppose not being able to stand up straight for laughing didn’t help either!

    1. Peakle Pie

      Thank you the photos are lovely and ones we will treasure for years to come! You are right a smile from us can make all the difference! I try to smile when I am being chased by wasps (even though I’m scared of them!!)

  1. It’s great to see them pushing themselves and finding their own limits – after all it’s how they learn! It looks like she had a great time, thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

    1. Peakle Pie

      I think that part of parenting is to give them that boost of confidence to try something new (even if inside you want to whisk them off and out of danger!) Thanks for hosting Country Kids!

    1. Peakle Pie

      It is a lovely park – just the right size not too big but big enough to keep both the younger and the older children entertained. I’d love to join in your Family Days too!

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