When we moved home from being a short walk from the beach I wondered whether we would miss it. However, as luck would have it we swapped the beach and the sand for woodland walks. The estate where we now live in is surrounded by woodland, which in turn has some beautiful woodland walks and a lagoon. So whilst we do miss the sea breeze, especially on warm days, there is so much to explore in the woodland so we often head down after school and at the weekends.
When did you last visit a local woodland? Take a look at some of the activities that we enjoy whilst we discover and explore the woodland.
The children’s school actively encourage the children to make the most of the area around us with walks at lunchtime with the school dogs. Each of the woodland trails are marked with signposts and many have been gravelled to enable pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters access to the woodland areas too – ensuring that as many people as possible have access to the woodland trails and the nature surrounding them.
The Woodland Trust Nature Detectives was something that was introduced to us by the children’s school. As they took part in some of the activities as part of the Forest School participation. With the children coming home sharing the fun things that they had been enjoying, it seemed only fitting that we’d continue this fun after school hours too.
50 Things to do before you are 11¾
We can’t escape the fact that our children live in a very different world to the one that I recall from my own childhood. Whilst children can still go out to play and catch up with friends there are limitations and restrictions on this. The National Trusts 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ highlights all the fun things that they believe children need to experience during their childhood years. From simple things such as climbing a tree to building a den.
Sometimes we are all guilty of attempting to over think activities to complete with the children. When in fact it is the simple games such as ‘hide and seek’ or ‘I spy’ that will get their imaginations running wild. Looking at the world around them, taking in the little details and of course, attempting to find the best possible hiding place.
If you go down to the woods today – you better take supplies!
There is something fun about grabbing a blanket, filling up the picnic basket with a selection of food. Not forgetting the Original Capri-Sun from the fridge to ensure everyone is well hydrated. Now with 50% less sugar and contains nothing artificial. The new Capri-Sun original recipe has removed 50% of the sugar by using Stevia – a sweetener from a natural source.