*This post is brought to you in collaboration with My Cubby.
One of the most wonderful things about being a parent, is the opportunity to relive the magic of childhood daily, through the actions of your own children; especially when they are absorbed in happy play.
Have you ever stopped yourself quietly, so as not to be noticed, and taken in a precious moment as it unfolded selflessly and unaware in front of you, like a rare and treasured daydream?:
Your kids, oblivious of your gaze, are playing beautifully together. In this pure scene, your breath is held as you quietly observe them in a moment of such purity and perfection, that you find yourself transported, just briefly, back to the long-forgotten feel of your own childhood?
So often when my kids are caught up in the wonder and joy of outside play, as I observe them, I catch myself recalling these special little glimpses of remembered moments from so long ago: The warm, sweet smell of water evaporating off the hot ground on a Summer's day, the vivid greenery and scent of the garden, the peals of laughter shattered by the abrupt shouts that emanate from excited little people at play and the inimitable sense of total immersion in the now; the game itself is, at that moment in time joyfully and wholly, all that matters.
As I reflect on these stolen scenes, my youngest kids, (quite naturally unaware of my camera), head down the meandering brick path in our yard, to the cubby house that sits mid-way by our fence-line.
Our cubby is old and original, constructed of remnants of our home's building materials by one of its earlier owners. It's quite in need of repair, with its dusty shabby floor and skeletal interior, but these minor faults do not deter our kids from owning this space enthusiastically and joyfully, every time they enter here.
To them, their cubby is their home: Their headquarters. It is a place of so many wonderful new play beginnings and contented game endings and a world of everything magical in between.
On weekends and after school, my children regularly head outside, often on some kind of mission together. Sometimes, the boys are spies and armed with backpacks and gadgets such as compasses and walkie-talkies, they bound out together in a single file, spouting excitedly about their planned objectives in the garden.
Other times, hide and seek is their game of choice and I observe my kids run off in several different directions, one or more of them always seeking solace within the small house where the dim light is expected to protect their carefully chosen hiding space, just that thrilling bit longer.
...Or sometimes it's just all about toy cars and other simple pleasures. Driving small vehicles in the great outdoors brings young kids so much fascination and pleasure, as they watch those tiny wheels roll over the real terrain.
There's no doubt about it; a cubby house is central for providing an endless source of fuel for growing imaginations.
Did you enjoy a cubby house when you were growing up? Do you remember the games you played in it?
The sense of pleasure gleaned from a child's very own space out in the garden and away from the everyday can become a treasured memory that remains with them throughout their lifetime. Are you too, sharing this precious experience with your own children?
The team at My Cubby are passionate about getting children back outside, playing, laughing, learning and being healthy. With increasing access to easily available technology, this generation of children spend so much time inside, playing / watching screens and being sedentary.
My Cubby are determined to change that and find a way for kids to be safely outside exploring, imagining, smiling and playing.
There are so many reasons for children to be active and play outside, for their mental and physical health and wellbeing, their social skills, co-ordination, imagination, learning and development.
We all know childhood goes by too fast. Kids should be encouraged to squeeze in as much fun, adventure and play as they can. As we know, it's not just play, it's a huge part of their all round education and happiness. This is why we work hard to create the best cubby houses in Australia, so your kids can have an amazing play area that they can access as often as possible!
How do your children play in their own outdoor space?
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