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If you go down to the woods today – you better take supplies!

July 4, 2018

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.

A man and a woman sitting on a bench

Woodland Trails

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.

A young boy sitting on a bench

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.

A tree

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.

A young boy standing next to a tree

Collaborative Article

  • Hannah July 5, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I would love to have a trip to the woods. I find walking in them to be very relaxing

  • Emily Leary July 5, 2018 at 11:44 am

    How lovely that the school encourages lunch time walks in the woods and that you also enjoy after school and weekend fun in amazing surroundings. We love woodland walks and activities e.g. building dens, looking for mini beasts, playing games, and trying to identify different trees, birds, plants etc.

  • Michelle Twin Mum July 5, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Mine love getting outdoors too and Capri sun are perfect to take out for hydration or a picnic. I love the idea of school dogs too. Mich x

  • Rebecca | AAUBlog July 5, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Having woodland like this close by is os lovely – we have a small woodland area but wish there was more! And drinks are a must 😉 x

  • Iris Tilley July 6, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Use to love going to our woods when I was young that was until it got split up with a motorway running through

  • Bella at Dear Mummy Blog July 6, 2018 at 10:29 am

    We love the National Trusts 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ and it always gives us lots of ideas when we are out and about!

  • Jenny July 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    My kids love those Capri-Sun pouches. They are great for packing into a picnic for a day out.

  • Laura Dove July 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    We love going into the woods, we have a few by our house and the kids have the best time exploring. We always make sure we have some Capri Suns in our back pack too, they are way easier to carry than cartons or cans, and so refreshing too! Lovely photos as always!

  • Helen July 6, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    How lovely that the whole community make such good use of the woodland areas. We love Capri-Sun too, they’re great for throwing in your bag for a day out.

  • Natasha Mairs July 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    We have lot’s of beautiful wooded areas around where we live too and often go on family walks.

  • Anneka Avery July 8, 2018 at 6:27 am

    This is was one of my favourite activities but now I’m having to use a wheelchair (fibromyalgia and M.E.) it’s very hard for us to do this together as I’m also now a single parent and my daughter can’t push me lol great article and post.

  • Shan July 10, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    We’re so lucky up here we have mountains coast and forests within a cycle ride kids are really full of adventures aren’t they?

  • The Breastest News July 15, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    We love the woods and have one 5 minutes away, the local rangers put on a toddler group as well so I take my littlest along every now and then 🙂

  • Veronika July 16, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Love the pics! Looks great a fun time

  • Rebecca Fisher July 17, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I really want to look more in to the 50 things before you are 11 3/4! It sounds brilliant x

  • Kelly-Anne July 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Oh we love Cari-Sun in this household. And woodland are the best and who doesn’t love a picnic.

  • Babies and Beauty July 19, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Is it bad that I actually have a guilty pleasure for capri-suns myself!

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