Making the most of the outdoors

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The school summer holidays are in full swing and, at times, we’ve had some lovely weather here in the UK – the perfect ingredients for outdoor play!”

Fresh air and exercise are healthy and free, and no matter what the weather is like, some outdoor fun is a mood booster for everyone. Here are some brilliant outdoor activities to keep you and your kids busy and well entertained this August.

Geocaching

Treasure hunting delights everyone, so geocaching is a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy!  

All you need is

  • The Geocaching app
  • A smart phone
  • A pen

You simply follow directions on the Geocaching app to navigate to hidden containers called geocaches. There are millions of geocaches in 190 countries waiting to be discovered — there are probably even some right near you and you won’t even know it!

It is a fun thing to do on holiday or if you’re out and about in your local area, and you get to add your name to the geocache once you have found it before returning it for someone else to find.

Nature crafts

Nature crafts are always great fun and there are just so many to choose from. Here are two we love to do:

Making a butterfly feeder:

How about making a butterfly feeder?  It’s a really simple nature craft and a brilliant way to attract the butterflies to your garden.

All you need is:

  • Mashed, overripe fruit – bananas usually work very well!
  • A paper plate – painting the plate is a fun activity and it’s ALWAYS better to paint outside
  • String

What to do:

  • Make four equally spaced holes around the edge of the plate
  • Thread string or ribbon through each hole and secure underneath with a knot, then tie the tops of the string together
  • Hook over a branch near flowers and place your mushed-up fruit on the plate
  • Then simply wait for the butterflies to come!

Making a nature postcard

All you need is:

  • A plain white postcard
  • Double-sided sticky tape

What to do:

  • Place a strip of double-sided sickly table horizontally along the postcard
  • Head out for a family nature walk, picking up fallen flowers and leaves as you see them and stick them onto your card
  • When completed your postcards can be hung by a little bit of twine to make a beautiful (temporary) display

It’s a really nice idea for each family member to create their own nature postcard, as it makes your walk far more fun and it’s amazing to see how different the postcards look at the end!

Den building

Den building is always great fun. On a rainy day it can take place under the kitchen table with duvets and sheets and fairy lights, but on a good day it gives you the perfect excuse to head outdoors.

You can make a speedy den with a cord run better two trees and a tarpaulin hung over it, weighted at the bottom with stones or you can make one entirely from sticks. If you are making one just from sticks, one way is to:

  • Find a tree with a low branch tree to use as your main roof beam
  • Gather up lots of long sticks and lean them up from the ground to the main beam on both sides to create a tent like shape
  • Once you have a strong secure structure then fill in the gaps with smaller sticks
  • Next, gather up leaves to make an inside carpet

If your child is young and making a huge den seems out of reach perhaps, they could make a tiny one for their favourite soft toy.

Other outdoor activities you may want to try could include ….

  • Kite flying
  • Building an ant hotel
  • Making a sundial
  • Flower pressing
  • Park hopping
  • Feeding the ducks
  • Cycling
  • Playing football
  • Cloud watching
  • Gardening
  • Camping out!

So many outdoor fun ideas, so why not make a big list with your child then aim to tick some off. Happy August!