One of the great things about summer is all the time you get to spend outside. Life is just so much easier in the summer, when you can eat outside, play outside, dry your laundry and chill-a-plenty outside. You can pretty much just move all your regular indoor activities OUT.
At least you could do, IF you lived somewhere the sun always shone, and rainy days were unheard of.
Still, in true summer spirit we decided to embrace our optimistic, ever hopeful sunny souls and give this inside outside malarky a good old run for its money, by turning it all inside out.
ACTIVITY 1: Biscuit Decorating
Take four sweet toothed children, a few delicious gingerbread biscuits, a gazillion sprinkles and one fine-ish weathered morning.
Give the children creative freedom and voila ; the cutest gingerbread men are in tha house (or garden as it were.)
Only, just as we sat down to enjoy our beautifully hand decorated creations, in true British/Norwegain/Anywhere in Northern Europe style, the heavens opened, and soggy biscuits had to be enjoyed inside instead.
ACTIVITY 2: Outdoor Painting (In the rain.)
Not much needs to be explained for this activity. Other than, it rained. A lot. On us. While we were painting.
But, it can be done. Rain should be no obstacle when planning an outdoor painting session. In fact it adds a marvelous element to your finished pictures.
Contemporary art, anyone?
ACTIVITY 3: Ice Cream Kiosk
Ah, who can remember the excitement, the joy, the mouth watering sound of the ice cream van pulling up down by the beach in the summer? It has surely got to be one of the most favoritest parts of summer, for sure. So why wouldn’t you want to bring that magic into your own back yard?
Take a bunch of ice cream loving kids, eager to spend their pretend pocket money. Add several scoops of ice cream, a dash of interesting toppings, and sprinkles galore (again with the gazzillion sprinkles? Yup. We love it), and have yourselves a party. Drizzle a little sunshine over yourselves, and enjoy.
Or, quickly pack everything up, and run for cover, as we did. Rain, again? Oh yes.
Btw: Check out the superb parental supervision in the background! haha
ACTIVITY 4: Rock Painting
Essential for this activity; googly eyes. The rocks come alive, they are hilarious. and I love their finished creations. They’re so individual, so creative, and it always amazes me the level of detail they have put into their little characters with this activity.
I also love, that they were so engrossed with this activity they didn’t even notice it had started raining, and that we had long since left them to it and gone inside to make a cup of tea and continue taking photos of them through the kitchen window. Sneaky, hah.
Go grab yourselves a little inside out action of your own, go on, you’ll love it, we promise. Especially if you own a large umbrella. There is no end to the amount of fun one can have whilst under the protective cover of an umbrella.
/Louisa and Camilla