Category Archives: Summer

Camping Activities for Kids

10 Camping Activities for Families - Our Little House in the Country

We love camping as a family and we tend to take our camping trips as the perfect excuse to unplug and leave our devices at home.  We do take our phone but as a rule turn off our data settings and only use them for necessary calls and texts.   So while we are enjoying a screen free weekend or

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Our Ultimate Tent Camping List

Our Ultimate Tent Camping Packing List - Our Little House in the Country

Camping has become one of favourite ways to holiday.  We love the freedom, the fresh air and the opportunity to completely unplug and spend unhasssled, non busy time together as a family.  Living in Ireland, our camping trips are unfortunately limited to short weekend trips over the summer when the weather is reasonably good and our annual trip to France

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10 Must Follow Outdoor Play Ideas Pinterest Boards

10 Must Follow Outdoor Play Ideas Pinterest Boards - Our Little House in the Country

Outdoor play and Pinterest – two of my favourite things!  Today I am sharing 10 of my favourite Pinterest boards full of outdoor play ideas.  The benefits of outdoor play are endless from better sleep to exercise, from exploring the world around us to developing gross motor skills to name only a few!  Check out and follow these boards from

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Our Summer Adventures 2014 – From the West of Ireland to the South of France and everything in between!

Our Summer Adventures 2014 - From the West of Ireland to the South of France and Everything in Between - Our Little House in the Country

Summer here at Our Little House in the Country is drawing to a close.  My little boy, Doodles, starts primary school on Thursday (I’m traumatised !) and the weather has turned decidedly autumnal ie. cold, wet and windy!  It’s hard to believe that it is over 3 months since we wrote our Summer Bucket List and made all sorts of

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Sunflowers – Handprint Art for Kids

Sunflowers - Handprint Art for Kids - Our Little House in the Country #sunflowers #autumn #fall #handprints

Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers and each year we try to grow them.  We haven’t been very successful this year but still managed these lovelies in the picture below.  So using these cheerful, sunny flowers as inspiration we set about our most recent art activity – again this is quick and simple and suitable for all ages from

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Painting with Water Pistols – Outdoor Summer Fun!

Painting with Water Pistols - More Messy Outdoor Summer Art Fun! - Our Little House in the Country #waterguns #waterpistols #summer #kidsactivities #artforkids

We’ve been experiencing a heatwave here in recent days – stunning, hot, sunny weather, my favourite type except for snow!!!!  We have been taking our activities outdoors and finding lots of fun and creative ways to play and learn in the sun!  For our recent Water Themed Birthday party we bought several cheap and cheerful water pistols at a discount

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Paint Filled Water Balloons – Messy Outdoor Summer Fun!

Paint Filled Water Balloons - Messy Outdoor Summer Fun! - Our Little House in the Country #messyplay #outdoorplay #summer #waterballoons

Following our recent Water Themed Birthday Party we had a lot of waterballoons left and I was eager to try out lots of different activities with them! This morning was bright and sunny and perfect for more waterballoon fun, so I decided to fill several balloons with paint and see what fun we could have! What we used: water balloons

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What’s Inside the Ice-Cube? – Outdoor Summer Fun!

What's Inside The Giant Ice Cube? - Super Outdoor Fun - Our Little House in the Country #iceplay #kidsactivities #gianticecube #summer

Number 81 on our 100 Days of Summer Bucket list is “Discover what’s inside the giant ice cube!”.  Doodles and Oodles have been dying to try this out since I showed them a number of similar activities on other blogs and Pinterest!  Doodles actually did this at nursery when he was 2 or 3 years old and has often referred

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Beach Themed Invitation to Play – Small World Play and Sensory Play

Beach themed Invitation to Play - Sensory and Imaginative Play- Our Little House in the Country #invitationtoplay #sensoryplay #imaginativeplay #summer

A Beach Themed sensory play activity was on our 100 Days of Summer Bucket List and this week we had we had the opportunity to cross it off our list and have a whole lot of fun doing it! So, what is an invitation to play (you may have seen this term used on this blog and elsewhere before)? Simply,

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