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6 Top Ideas for Kids Outdoor Play in the Rain

Another rainy day? Don’t keep the kids huddled up inside when there are so many interesting things to do outdoors in the rain. Suzanne from PuddleDucks.ie has some fun and creative ideas for outdoor play on a wet day. All the activities are free and all you need are a good set of waterproofs and a pair of wellies and you can brighten up any rainy day!

1. Splashing in Puddles

One of the most fun rainy day activities for all ages and great for letting off a bit of steam. Make a puddle trail by jumping from puddle to puddle or see who can make the biggest splash. Parents are encouraged to join in too!

Tip – put the waterproof trousers or dungarees outside of wellies to help keep feet nice and dry!

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2. Make a Tree House in the Woods

The woods can be lovely in the rain and surprisingly sheltered. Find a spot under some big trees and make a ground level ‘tree house’. Find a tree with a strong low branch then collect lots of broken branches and ferns. Lean the broken branches and ferns in layers across the main branch to make a mini-house under the tree. Use the ferns to make a little door and scoop up some of the fallen leaves for an autumn coloured carpet. On the way, look out for spiders webs as they glisten in the rain.

Tip – wear waterproof gloves or mittens for this activity to protect little fingers

3. Go on a Nature Hunt

Start this activity indoors by getting the children to each draw a chart of some of the animals that they might see, such as snails, worms, spiders, birds, etc. They can then use their charts to count how many of each of these animals they see. Before you head out, give each child a bag to collect anything interesting that they find such as autumn leaves, conkers, coloured rocks and unusual twigs. If you want to make it more structured for older kids, give them a list of items that they must try and find or have some buried treasure ready along the way. Once back home get out the glue and make a nature collage with your collection.

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4. Make an Outdoor Toy Land in the Mud or in the Sand Pit

Find a suitable digging area in the garden and bring out a few old toys such as tractors, cars, animals and any little figures or characters that can be used for outdoor muddy play. Allow the children to use their imagination and make an outdoor play land. Make a construction site with hills and quarries in the earth and then drive the tractors around the paths. Or make racing tracks to drive the cars around or mud swamps for dinosaurs or a water park for Peppa Pig and friends.

Tip: have a permanent box of outdoor toys that can be used at the beach and in the garden that are allowed to get muddy or sandy.

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5. Driveway and Puddle Rain Art

Chalk works very well in the rain and become thicker and more like paint. Use a range of colours and let the rain mix them together to become a unique work of art on your driveway. The rain will wash it all away afterwards. Alternatively use a few drops of different food colouring in a puddle and stir it gently to make a mirage of colours and shapes in the puddle.

6. Make Mud Pies

For the messiest fun of all mud pies are great! Find a suitable spot in the garden where the kids can dig to their hearts content and using buckets and spades and a variety of different containers add even more water and make some delicious mud pies and mud castles.
Tip – get the hot water on for a warm bubble bath afterwards!

At PuddleDucks we specialise in 100% waterproof clothing for children from 6 months up to 14 years. Our range includes rain suits, waterproof dungarees, rain jackets, waterproof trousers, hats, mittens and wellies. You can see their full outdoor wear range online at www.puddleducks.ie or by calling 021 4372917.

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PuddleDuck-ers Out and About 14

The latest in our PuddleDuck-ers Out and About series comes to us from Eleanor Heffernan showing her 2 fellas Cian and Oisín, having great fun in their new PuddleDucks gear.

Over to Eleanor “I would like to say thank you for my order, received impeccably packed and in zip time too. my two boys (Oisin, 13 months, Cian, 3 in December) have worn them daily since they arrived on Thursday. They look really great on, nice and baggy and bright and have been just right for mucking about in the front garden without Mammy feeling slightly stressed about just how damp they are getting.”

Thanks so much Eleanor, Oisín and Cian. Here’s some lovely photos of the lads in their gear:

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Our Online-Outdoor Family Quiz

We are delighted to bring you our second annual “Online-Outdoor Family Quiz”.

This year the quiz is brought to you in association with MyKidsTime.ie –  the definitive website for parents to find activities, classes, camps, events or services for kids in their local area.

Think of the quiz as an online treasure hunt. It is brought to you with four of Ireland’s fantastic family attractions:  Secret Valley Adventure Farm, Loughwell Farm Park, Stonehall Visitor Farm and Causey Farm. We have 12 super prizes of Family Tickets for the lucky winners.

How to Enter:

There are 8 easy questions in the quiz – 2 questions for each of the four websites.

Be prepared!  The quiz will take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete. While the questions are easy, finding the answers does involve a little searching for the answers on the centres’ websites. You need to fully complete the quiz to be eligible for a prize.

>> Click here to take the Quiz

Tip: Use a separate browser tab or browser session to look at the centres’ websites as you go along.

You can also see a printable copy of the quiz questions here. (please note: this is just to see the questions in advance, you cannot enter the quiz on the pdf)

A huge thanks to the four outdoor attractions that have kindly donated prizes for the quiz.

Secret Valley Adventure Farm, Co. Wexford – Family One Day Entrance Tickets
Website: www.secretvalley.ie

Loughwell Farm Park, Co. Galway – Family One Day Entrance Tickets
Website:  www.loughwellfarmpark.ie

Stonehall Visitor Farm, Co. Limerick – Family One Day Entrance Tickets
Website:  www.stonehallvisitorfarm.com

Causey Farm, Co.Meath  – Family Farm Afternoon Experience 
Website:  www.causey.ie

Rules:

  • The closing date for entries is May 31st 2011
  • Only one entry per email address please
  • All questions must be answered for an entry to be valid
  • The winners will be notified by email by June 4th 2011 and will be posted here and on our Facebook page
  • As usual, the judge’s decision is final

Prizes:

  • Family Tickets are valid for two adults and two children

This quiz is part of the Irish Internet Association’s Digitise the Nation event which is all about encouraging people to use the internet in more creative ways.  We hope that with our quiz children can be encouraged to help with finding the answers!.  We also hope that you might discover somewhere new for your family to visit among  some of the wonderful outdoor attractions available to us in Ireland.

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Family Quiz Video

Here’s a short video about our current online Family Quiz, showing photos of some of the great outdoor centres generously donating the prizes.

To be in with a chance to win one of 15 family passes and tickets go to  www.puddleducks.ie/quiz

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The PuddleDucks Online-Outdoor Family Quiz

We are delighted to bring you the very first ‘The Online-Outdoor Family Quiz by PuddleDucks’.  Think of the quiz as an online treasure hunt that the whole family can take together. It is brought to you in association with five of Irelands’s fantastic family parks: Brigit’s Garden, Fota Wildlife Park, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Greenan Farm and Carlingford Adventure Centre. We have 15 super prizes of Family Tickets for the lucky winners.

Just take the quiz with your kids and find the answers online on the website of the five participating centres.

This quiz is part of the Irish Internet Association’s Digitise the Nation event which is all about encouraging people to use the internet in more creative ways.  We hope that with our quiz children can be introduced to the internet in a fun but safe and supervised way.  We also hope that you might learn more about some of the wonderful outdoor attractions available to us in Ireland. 

A huge thanks to the five outdoor centres that have kindly donated prizes for the quiz.

Brigit’s Garden, Co. Galway  – Family One Day Entrance Tickets
Website: www.brigitsgarden.ie

Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork – Family One Day Entrance Tickets
Website: www.fotawildlife.ie

Greenan Farm, Co. Wicklow – Family One Day Entrance Tickets
Website: www.greenanmaze.com

Castlecomer Discovery Park, Co. Kilkenny – Family One Day Entrance Tickets
Website: www.discoverypark.ie

Carlingford Adventure Centre, Co. Louth – One Night Family Stay plus Activity
Website: www.carlingfordadventure.com

How to Enter:

There are 15 easy questions in the quiz – 3 questions for each of the five websites.

Be prepared!  The quiz will take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete. While the questions are easy, finding the answers does involve searching for the answers on the centres’ websites. You need to complete the quiz to be eligible for a prize.

>> Click here to take the Quiz

Tip: Use a separate browser tab or browser session to look at the centres’ websites as you go along.

You can also see a copy of the quiz questions here.

Rules:

  • The closing date for entries is June 7th 2010
  • Only one entry per email address please
  • All questions must be answered for an entry to be valid
  • The winners will be notified by email by June 10th 2010
  • As usual, the judge’s decision is final

Prizes:

  • Family Tickets are valid for two adults and two children
  • Carlingford Prize:  One night family ticket plus activity: this is on a B&B basis in a four bedded ensuite room with one activity included up to the value of €236. Please note activities are only suitable for children 8 years and over

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Halloween Events for Kids

Looking for a Halloween Event to keep the kids entertained over the weekend?  Then check out these links. If you know of any other fun events then please add a comment. Happy Halloween!

Halloween pumpkins

MyKidsTime Halloween Events in Galway, Dublin North, Dublin South

Halloween on RollerCoaster.ie

Halloween Events on Heritage Ireland

Halloween Events at GoIreland

Dublin Antics at Dublin Tourism

Halloween Calendar on Schooldays.ie

Halloween Events at Meath Tourism

HallowFest in Dublin South County

List of Halloween Thrillers from the Indo

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PuddleDuckers Out and About 10

The latest in our series of PuddleDuckers Out and About comes from Colette Kavanagh from Co. Limerick. Colette was good enough to send us some photos of her 18 month old son, Ryan having fun in the garden wearing his Extra Tough Dungarees & Jacket Set.

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Over to Colette … ” He is wearing the all in one outfit every day at his child-minders and she is raving about it to everyone, she says it’s the best money ever spent as he’s out all day long in the garden and he’s spotless when I pick him up.”

Thanks a lot Colette and Ryan. 

If you would be interested in featuring your children’s experiences in their PuddleDucks please drop us a line at info [at] puddleducks [dot] ie.

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