With kids of all different ages, finding one-size-fits-all entertainment for the whole family can be a bit of a challenge. So although the weather can be unpredictable, getting Roo, Tigger, and Piglet outside is always a good idea. Whether it’s a play park or just out in the garden, the fresh air does wonders for everyone’s mood. This is why I was excited to give the new Persil Wild Explorers App a try.
Persil’s teamed up with The Wild Network to offer activity ideas, meant to encourage children (and us grown-ups!) to get outside. According to Persil’s research, up to a third of British parents avoid outdoor time due to a lack of inspiration or worry about the cost. The aim of this new app is to give us all some ideas to help get outdoors, that won’t break the bank. So let’s give it a whirl!
The Persil Wild Explorers App is totally free, and you can download it from either the Google Play or Apple App Store depending on your device. Opening up the app, you get to choose from a selection of different options. First, you decide whether you want an activity that’s on your doorstep, in a park, or by a river or coast. You can then choose an age group and the amount of time you have on hand. I decided to go for 10-minute activities on our doorstep, for ages 6-11, figuring that would cover both Roo and Tigger.
With these search parameters, the Persil App gave us 22 activities to try out. We started out with making a Grass Trumpet, a super fun activity that needs nothing more than a simple blade of grass! The kids had a blast blowing air across the grass to make funny noises, and it actually kept them entertained for longer than the suggested 10 minutes.
There are tons of different activity types that you can try. I really liked that a lot of the activities encourage children to stop and observe the world around them. When’s the last time you let yourself just lay back in the grass and look for shapes in the clouds, or watch ants marching along on their busy way? It really shows that getting out into nature doesn’t have to involve loads of expensive equipment. And if you have more time, you can get creative with activities like “Stone Towers” that let you make cairns of your own with beach pebbles.
Overall, the app was really fun to use. It offers a simple layout but at the same time gives you plenty of options when it comes time for activities tailored to your family’s needs. Most of the activities don’t require anything special to complete them, and when they do it’s just things like notebooks for observations that you might already have lying around the house. I really loved the bright colours of the app – the background’s a vivid green and there are cute little animated drawings to accompany each activity. I’m always looking for ways to get the kids outside and so will definitely be using this little bag of handy tricks again!
This post is written in collaboration with Persil