Kids often get restless, even during the evenings when you’re tired. You can’t blame them, it’s something even they don’t have control over. It’s a natural part of their growing bodies to produce a lot of energy and create the urge to use it up while having fun in the backyard.
In the wild, tigers and lion cubs will often play rough, chase each other and jump around. This is because their bodies are yearning to expend a lot of energy while learning how to use limbs and muscles to their best advantages.
Children are the same in the fact that, evolution has desired for young humans to run, jump and play to get stronger too. So it’s not a case of whether they will be full of energy this evening, but by how much. Playing in the home can be dangerous at times because the furniture is not made to be jumped on and there are other things like cutlery and kitchen utensils that could spell disaster if ran into.
So the best place by far is the garden. The garden is the one place where children should be allowed to run wild in the home. They should see the garden as a place they can let out their energy and have fun too.
A still life that’s real
During the early-modern period of European history, the art of still life was coming of age. Paintings that depicted life in all it’s beauty and wonder were being made by the leading artists in the world. One of their favorite subjects was flowers.
Gardens with amazing arrangements of flowers were painted as real as possible, using all kinds of techniques that would show the world what the flowers would look like if one were to stand inches away from them. You can make a still life painting but using real flowers with your children.
Go outside with your children and tell them to pick some flowers they like. Obviously it bodes well to have a flower patch of some kind for this to be feasible. Put the flowers on a food plate and collect other parts of the garden such as blades of grass, twigs and leaves. When you have all that you need, you can press the flowers and leaves in your plant press.
This allows them to dry quicker while still maintain their shape and size. When you are finished, the paper will have all your flowers, leaves and other things flattened. This can then be framed as homemade artwork. It’s something that is easy but the reward is great and fun.
Jump up and around
When you were young, did you ever feel like you wanted to jump up into the sky? Looking up at the sky when you’re small and full of energy, makes your imagination run wild. You want to jump and be among the clouds, feel the excitement of the wind rushing through your hair and face. One way to allow your children to safely do this is by getting a trampoline for the garden.
https://parentingpod.com/best-trampolines/’ has a great review about the different kinds of trampolines you can get and each has a different style. However as parents the most important things are categorized into 6 things, those being safety, quality, bounce, price, size and shape as well as warranty. The last one is important because well know kids can be rough so a trampoline should be rugged enough to handle overly excited kids.
Kinds of Tampolines
The circular trampolines don’t take up as much space in the garden but they also have a smaller bounce area which means the kids might not have enough space to themselves while they are up in the air and coming back down again. However there is netting all around the trampoline so the kids won’t be in any danger of actually jumping out of it.
The height of the trampoline is something to consider as well as this will help in allow the heavier children to be able to play also. The protection over the springs is perhaps the biggest concern aside from the strength of the material. Sometimes you can lose your footing and land awkward on a trampoline but as long as the metal coil springs aren’t exposed they won’t cause any harm.
There are a million things you do in the garden with your children. One of them being making a still life portrait out of real flowers. You’ll need a plant press and a flower patch or two. Trampolines are great for children but parents need to keep in mind the quality of the design and always have safety in mind.
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