It's sort of Spring. You know that time of year right?
It rains more than it snows. You can almost stand to play outside without losing feeling in your fingers or having your kids dissolve into tears.
Well, several years ago out of this almost Spring time of year was born the Puddle Walk.
What started as a desparate attempt by an exhausted mom to survive early Spring with high energy two year old twins has turned into one of our favorite Springtime traditions.
After a rainfall, or sometimes during, we go in search of puddles.
On the best days we find huge ones that we can jump and splash in.
As spring wears on, our interest in puddles never seems to wane. Rather than fighting their desire to play in the muddy water, I embraced it with a few easy steps.
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Good rain boots are key. Snow boots work in a pinch, but are not nearly as water proof as rain boots.
The year I finally invested in rainboots for myself was life changing. Being able to join in on the splashing fun makes it more enjoyable for me and my kids.
Spring in our neck of the woods can mean a variety of things. One day it is 60F and sunny, another day it is 20F and cloudy.
Wear comfortable layers that will keep you warm. Warmer days are always more fun for this activity, but if you are dressed for it - even a cooler day can be a blast.
I always make sure the boot tray and towels are by the door before we leave. You will get wet and muddy. When you get back, remove wet clothing, dry off, and find warm things to wear.
You might have an awesome puddle right in front of your house. Maybe they spend a half an hour stomping in that and then they are done.
Some days we wander further to find new puddles, some days we don't. Remember why you are doing this in the first place - to get your wiggle worms some much needed fresh air and movement time.
If they don't bring it up - ask a few questions. "Where do you think the puddle came from?" "Do you think it will still be here tomorrow?"
No right or wrong answers, just get them thinking.
Pretty simple, right? Some of the best things in life truly are just that simple.
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