Last week we took part in a Twitter chat with the lovely Angellica Bell who is helping to promote the new 30% less sugar fromage frais from Munch Bunch. We talked about nature trails and everyone gave lots of great tips for being out and about with the kids. I thought I would share some of the best tips with you.
- Find a great location, you might want to be close to home so you could download the Geocaching app onto your phone and go on a treasure hunt, we have done this a couple of times and the kids really love it, we always make sure we take some treasure with us to replace. The app gives you the co-ordinates of a box and sometimes there will be something to write on to give a few details but you don't have to fill it in. The kids find
Junktreasure from around the house and replace whatever they take from the box with something else. We have never found an empty box either. The app will remember which ones you have completed too. You might want to go further afield but you could still play the treasure game if you wanted. We recently visited the beach which is also a great place to look at nature, admittedly we spent most of our time throwing stones into the sea but its what the kids wanted to do so we just rolled with it. There is a huge array of things to find at the seaside and the weather is beginning to warm up enough now. Farms, woodlands, lakes, rivers are all places you could go on a nature trail.
- Think about how you can incorporate your nature trail into getting the kids learning about where their food comes from, if you visit the farm, you maybe allowed to milk the cows or at least see them being milked. We talk to the kids a lot about food and where it comes from, we want them to know what they are eating and they are quite happy knowing that bacon and ham come from pigs, milk comes from cows and so on.
- Get the kids to use their senses see what they can smell, hear, feel and see, take some relevant foods with you that they can taste like some Munch Bunch Fromage Frais, strawberries, cheese, milk shake etc. Great foods for snack breaks along your nature trail.
- If you have older children you can get them to take pictures to make an Instagram collage when they get home or they could even make a video of all the things they find.
- Remember to pack a bag before you go with things that you might need, a spare change of clothes in case they get wet or muddy, snacks, wipes, antibacterial hand wash is great especially if you are visiting somewhere that has no facilities and a small first aid kit with plasters in as you never know when someone is going to hurt themselves.
- You could play the alphabet game or adapt this to suit the level of your child. Find things beginning with a certain letter or looking for things of a certain colour or looking for a certain number of the same thing, seeing who can find the most or the biggest or even the smallest.
- Play pooh sticks if you are visiting a river and you find a bridge to cross, we love playing this game to see who's stick wins the race under the bridge.
- Find wild fruits at the right time of year, we go blackberry picking every year and the kids love eating them as we go along and its free, or go to a farm where you can pick your own fruits and you can talk about how fruits and vegetables come into season at different times of the year.
- You can plant your own fruit and vegetables at home, this is a great way of teaching the cycle of a plant and how it takes time for the plant to bear fruit or vegetables, how some grow underground and some grow above, some on trees and bushes.
For some more ideas watch the video below featuring Angellica Bell, myself and a lovely blogger friend Alice.
This post is in collaboration with Munch Bunch