Truly my daughter–Amber is never happier than when absolutely covered in dirt! She’s been this way since she was a little baby. During our “staycation” in Boston the past 2 weeks she had the most fun running around and playing with the fallen leaves, sticks, dirt, and rocks. This picture was taken at Plimouth Plantation-a great place for her to play! She loved the cows and chickens (–who were really tame and I had to keep telling her that although she could get close enough she could not touch them!!) and just being out in the good fresh air! I was so happy to hear about the Shout Go Play initiative! Unstructured play, fresh air, and dirt is what being a kid is all about! Studies have shown that it’s vital to children’s well being and development as well, and can even help them to be healthier when their bodies are introduced to things like dirt. In today’s over sanitizing age lots of kids are developing auto-immune disorders because they’re not allowed to get their faces covered in dirt. I also just love to watch Amber’s imagination in use as she has her “Momma rock” and “baby rock” carry on conversations.
We were sent the awesome 52 Activities in Nature (52 Series) card set to review. I loved all the different ideas and how they ranged from activities a 2 year old like Amber would enjoy to more sophisticated and complex ones that would be great for kids in school. The compact size makes them perfect to throw into your purse/bag and bring along with you outside as well! I know we’ll be getting a lot of use out of them and this would make a great stocking stuffer. Another great place to find learning toys is Growing Tree Toys, who provided me with the opportunity for this great review!
Even though I love for Amber to explore and play outside I don’t so much love what it does to her clothes! So the fact that we were also sent 3 different Shout products to review just about made me tickled pink! Between my digging in the dirt toddler and a newborn (not to mention my own clutzy self and a husband) I have my fair share of stains I have to tackle on a daily basis!
I was really pleased with the products! My hubby was impressed with the Shout Advanced and thought that the bristles that work it into the fabric were “pretty cool”. I used all 3 of the products on the infamous ink stained work shirt and guess what??!! After about 15 washes, countless ways of getting it out, and re-dying the uniform the stain is gone!! Hurray! The color catcher sheets did a great job of soaking up the ink that came out and keeping it from getting on my other clothes and washer. The regular spray stain remover did a good job of getting rid of the dirt and ketchup stains on Amber’s pants as well.
So let your kiddos jump into a big pile of leaves, get their pretty red shirts covered in dirt, chase chickens around, and be happy being kids! They only get to be kids once and that’s what stain remover was invented for!