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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!

Jumping in Puddles

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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Lego Rainwear arrives at PuddleDucks.ie

We’re really big fans of Lego and love the new Lego movie. So we are delighted to announce that we have just added Lego Rainwear from Denmark to our range of kids waterproofs. The new range includes fun and funky waterproof rain jackets, along with waterproof dungarees and trousers.

Lego Rainwear at PuddleDucks

The Lego jackets are designed with dots to replicate the pattern of Lego bricks and will be adored by all Lego fans!  The jacket is completely waterproof and windproof and suitable for everyday use including wet or muddy outdoor play and as a school coat.  The unlined jacket is made from a strong but soft material that is comfortable to wear and move in. The jackets are hard wearing and fully machine washable.

The new jackets are available now online at €31.99.

We look forward to adding more Lego rainwear to our range very soon.

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Splashing for Fashion – Our new Kids Wellies

Our fun and funky two season children’s wellies are now available on our website. Lined with a cosy welly sock they’ll keep little toes snug all winter long and when the warmer days arrive … just remove the sock.
Choose from our Lucky Duck, Cheeky Crocodile and Love Heart wellies. They come in sizes from Junior 4 to 13.5, they are priced at €19.99.

Lucky Duck Wellies

Cheeky Crocodile Wellies

Love Heart Wellies

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Our Summer Wetsuit and Waterproofs Special Offer

Get the kids kitted out for Summer 2012 with our super “Rain or Shine” Offer.

Buy one of our Eco Dungarees and Jacket Sets for only €24.99 when ordered at the same time as a Kids Wetsuit – a saving of €15!

Our wetsuits range from BabyWarmas for infants and toddlers, to Shorties and high spec Full-length wetsuits for children up to 14 years. Our wetsuit prices start at just €20.99.

To avail of the offer just put “Summer Offer” into your customer notes when checking out and we’ll refund €15 back to your card. Have a great Summer!

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PuddleDucks – Quality by Design

When we started PuddleDucks seven years ago, we scouted around for the best kids waterproof gear from Scandanavia.  We were determined to find waterproofs that would really work and would last. After looking at a number of manufacturers we selected Abeko from Sweden as our supplier of choice.  We liked the look and quality of their gear and were impressed that the children’s clothes were designed specifically for the needs of children.  Abeko’s 60 years of experience in manufacturing rainwear was also reasssuring for our new business as quality was key right for us from the start.  There were cheaper options out there but they simply didn’t compare.  We decided to spend a couple more Euro and go for gear that ‘Does what it says on the tin!’ Looking back, we definitely made the right choice!  And it seems that our customers certainly agree with us.  Over the years we have constantly heard how delighted our customers are with the quality and durability of our gear.  Many customers can’t believe that their first set of waterproofs are still going strong years later having been passed down from one sibling to another!  Here are just some of the comments we’ve recieved from customers about the Abeko waterproofs.

The superb quality of the Abeko gear is not created by accident. Abeko have been manufacturing quality waterproofs in Sweden for over 60 years. They use the very best materials, the best manufacturing processes and carry our rigerous testing on the gear.

The tests are carried our on all the products before they are approved.  New materials, seams, tape systems, welds and construction methods all have to be passed by Abeko Labs to prove their worth. They don’t go easy on the clothing! They scratch it, stretch it, wash it, measure it and cut it before the gear can pass the tests.  They test all their products and ideas. Everything has to be passed by Abeko Labs. Have a look at the photos below of just two of these tests.

So by buying Abeko at PuddleDucks you can be sure that you are buying the best quality waterproofs in the world.

Abeko Button Testing Machine

Abeko Watertightness Testing Machine

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Christmas Delivery at PuddleDucks

It isn’t long now to the big day but there’s still time to get that practical pressie from PuddleDucks in time for Christmas. To guarantee delivery for Christmas the last posting date for Express Post to Ireland is Wednesday December 21st. For delivery to the UK, the last posting date is Friday December 18th. If you are in any doubt about whether your order will get to you by Christmas, please call us on 021 4372917 or email us at info@puddleducks.ie

And don’t forget, we also offer a Gift Wrapping and Gift Voucher service.

And finally …. a very Happy Christmas to all our customers and friends from Suzanne and Aedan at PuddleDucks!

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PuddleDucks Gear: Best in Test

We’ve always known that the the quality of our rain gear from our Swedish suppliers, Abeko is of fantastic quality. Lots of lots of our customers have told us so.

But now it has been proven that the Abeko gear is the best in an independent test undertaken in Sweden. It came out top in a test among 10 different Swedish manufacturers.

It’s nice to know that we sell the best.

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