Splashing in Puddles

One of the best mornings that we’ve had with LP in a while was spent at The Lookout – set in the middle of a forest. The main part of The Lookout is a discovery centre focused on science and learning through play but we didn’t even get as far as going in there!

We took LP, in her wellies, and Little Man in the pushchair and went for a play in the adventure playground. LP loves swings and we let her ‘run free’ in the different play zones, climbing up ramps, hitting noisy things, looking through windows, jumping on bouncy things. LP loved all the interaction and had so much more fun than at our usual parks that have just swings and slides. She’d walk on the bark chips looking around at the different activities, every so often saying ‘uh-uh, BIG!’ and shaking her head, thinking that she was too small to play on the thing that she had seen. But there were plenty of things that she was just the right size for and with a little help from Dave and I, LP managed to enjoy most of the adventure playground.

splashing in puddles
splashing in puddles

After playing in the adventure playground for a while we went for a forest walk. LP held our hand and walked along, then we’d carry her for a while and then she’d sit happily on our shoulders. Every so often we’d see a bigger-than-average puddle and put her down so she could have a stomp and splash in it! LP was in toddler puddle heaven! LP loves puddles, loves to splash and loves the freedom of being outside and playing in muddy water! This is definitely something that we haven’t done enough of as a family but definitely something we will do more of in the future – splashing in puddles is weather dependent but completely free!

splashing in puddles

LP ended up with muddy knees, rosy cheeks and messy hair. She looked more exhausted than I’ve ever seen her and yet she still refused to nap!

splashing in puddles

A lovely morning was had by all of us but Dave and I have learnt a lesson in outdoor parenting – we are all desperately in need of better outdoor clothing as you can tell from the photos. Dave and I don’t own wellies, should really have waterproof coats too and LP definitely needs a ‘puddlesuit’ or something similar.

As soon as I got home I started researching waterproofs, welly boots and children’s outdoor clothing and found that everything I searched for led me to Cotswold Outdoor. They seem to sell everything I could need – and have some great offers on too! Dave and I want to make puddle splashing an activity that we do at least once a week and so I will be ordering a Puddle Splash Suit for LP and whilst I’m there, a snowsuit too. I don’t think Little Man will need anything in the way of waterproofs this year but next winter I’ll definitely be getting him kitted out so that he can experience the joy of puddling splashing too! Dave and I will also get the obligatory wellies to make puddle splashing a full on family activity.

I really cannot wait! Here’s to many more lovely mornings spent splashing in puddles!

splashing in puddles


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. It looks like you had a lot of fun! I know everyone says you shouldn’t wish time away and they’ll never be babies again but I can’t wait until Toby is big enough to do this sort of stuff!

  2. What a great place to go !! If you’re buying wellies for you and hubby invest in the neoprene ones. I bought a pair last year for dogwalking duty and they’re warm unlike the regular rubber styles. Well worth it.

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