N’s favourite thing recently has been going to the park. It’s great because it means somewhere to ride his balance bike. Yes, being on the farm’s great, but gravel drives make for a bumpy ride when the grass isn’t dry enough yet to cycle on.
There’s a couple of good parks in Banbury, although in nice weather the equipment does get busy, and one of the villages near us has a great park which is always empty. I’m thinking summertime, we’ll have to make an effort to get some friends round and go for a picnic there as there’s equipment to play on, a football goal and plenty of playing field to run about on. The only downside is lack of toilet facilities (although I guess at a push you could ask in the pub if it’s open).
Our latest trip was a post nursery visit. We have 1 day a week which is an early finish, so when there’s good weather, it’s definitely worth popping to a park for a half hour of play.
N only tends to go on each piece of equipment once, then moves on to the rest, although he does like going over bridges once he’s got over his nerves.
I was tempted by the zip wire, but I couldn’t see N staying out of the way, with me wiping him out if I had a go myself.
I think N’s a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to equipment. He loves the slides and swings, likes climbing frames, But whenever I try and persuade him to try the obstacle course, beams or stepping stones, he never wants to take the risk and try it.
This time he did attempt some larger bridges than I’d have expected though. He obviously thought his limbs were longer than they are as it was a bit of a stretch.
Hopefully we’ll have some more decent weather and be able to visit some more play parks. Then he can practise closing the gate again – he’s currently obsessed with opening and closing gates himself.