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Being a Parent of the Wild is not always easy. It may not come naturally and though we are bombarded by the media about the enormous benefits of less screen time and more fresh airthe reality is that it can be hard to know where to start to get outside.
These ideas help get kids outdoorsmaking outdoor time easier for us parents as well as our children. Start your children in their life of wildness as early as possible, right from birth, so that being outdoors and loving nature is as automatic to them as breathing. To encourage older children outside, take it slow. Encourage, advise, go gently but most of all allow them to test their body and learn their limits in their own time whilst supporting when needed e. Give it a try with any outdoor activity.
Starting with newborns, these suggestions help us inspire our children to a lifetime of nature-loving and wild adventures. The more they experience, the more they will love it, the more they will want to protect the planet. an Organisation — all parents can struggle with time and motivation to get outdoors. Enroll your kids in Scouts or Guides, find a Forest Schoollifesaving group, youth club, Pony Club, sports workshop, gardening club, sea, air or army cadets, nature clubs, beach schoolwalking or running groups, PGL or bushcraft holidays or volunteering.
Baby Wearing — carrying your newborn in a sling acclimatises them to the elements while ensuring your own exercise. Research baby facing inwards to avoid infant hip dysplasia then go anywhere, in any weather, with baby on board.
Wild Mums rock! Dog Walking — take baby out with the dog from day one, another perfect way for them to experience fresh air, all weathers, blue skies and green leaves as well as how bumpy prams are or how snuggly a sling is! Puddles, and splashing in them, however deep and muddy, are now fair game. Find more top tips in how to be the best wild parent ever. Freedom for Feet — we are true barefoot babes in our house, shunning shoes for most of the year. Grass is a great soft landing when learning to walk and doing it barefoot ensures optimum balance and posture for baby.
Barefoot walking throughout life is a great sensory stimulus and helps the body connect with nature. Read my duck food guide. Walk to School — so it requires getting up earlier? This daily habit creates a lifetime of better health.
Fun in the Snow — shake up the fun with snow-fires, igloo building and night sledging with head torches. Remember to check on the neighbours and feed wildlife and for adventurous adults I highly recommend snow holing in the Cairngorms! Climb a Tree — great confidence-building for life skills like strength, hand-eye co-ordination, risk taking, facing fears, problem solving and gravity. Tree climbing with ropes is another recommended family challenge.
Win, win. Find an open farm to visit free of charge near you each year during June. Bouldering — kids who start scrambling over rocks and cliffs during toddlerhood will be mountain goats by age 5! Some leisure centres have bouldering walls where strength and technique can be practised without climbing ropes, a great starter for wild. Ride a Pony — many children first encounter animals when pony riding or on a donkey at the beach if animal welfare is ensured. Riding stables often include horse care activities as well as lessons.
The variety of shape and colour offers fascinating nature study plus art and craft too. Buy a net and bucket and wellies for pond dipping. Remind kids to treat wild creatures with care and respect as they remove them from their natural habitats, and return them gently. Scavenger Hunt — a great outdoor distraction particularly for younger children. Download printable lists or create your own, maybe with a prize. Stargazing encourages an interest in science and is a great family activity — lie in sleeping bags to identify constellations, meteors, planets and the International Space Station.
Discover a dark sky area near you. Download identification resources and start with garden bird watching, identifying ducks, wildflowers, trees, animals, shells. Nudge kids by suggesting a branch looks like a gang-plank or a dragon, or make spy HQ in a den. Urban Campfires are good for larger gardens and many campsites allow fires or firepits, while a garden BBQ makes a good compromise to practice fire-lighting and cooking skills.
Camp or Bivouac — a first sleepover is a modern childhood rite of passage and can easily lead to camping or bivvying sleeping outside without a tent with friends. Start with a family overnighter in a tent in the garden, progressing to kids-only as they get older. Summer bivvying in the garden is disproportionately exciting for kids too. Organisations like National Trust are catching on with stick or willow den areas, and anyone lucky enough to have garden bushes may well find the smallest of gaps transformed!
Wildlife Survey — for outdoor educational activities try citizen science projects. Choose a project, download the information pack, carry out the research then report findings for scientific analysis. Find ideas from jellyfish and shark surveys to bird watches and tree health testing at citizen science. Take a Hike — walking is such a cheap, easy and beneficial exercise we all need to do it more.
Your school-walking kids will easily transition to longer walks as they get older and teens can be challenged to climb ever-taller peaks. Incentivise struggling youngsters with ways to make walking with kids wonderful. Swim Wild — swimming is a really important skill and outdoor swimming has added excitement.
Read about our wild swimming adventures in Madeira. Sail a Boat, Canoe or Dinghy — that mild fear of potential capsize is what makes messing about on boats exciting for youngsters. We grew up with an inflatable dinghy and have recently bought an inflatable canoe for family river fun. Always think safety, especially with inflatables and use buoyancy aids and safety ropes, especially at the beach. Read how much fun this can be in Fun wild outdoor loving guy looking for wild fun girl — the new snorkellng.
Getting outdoors benefits everyone in ways both obvious and surprising. Hopefully these ideas will help families get outside more — please share with any friends who might need a nudge into the wild. How to be the best wild parent in the world! Scientific inspiration to get into the wild wild kids rock — 11 reasons to get into the wild now. Nature activities at home go wild inside — 17 ways to connect with nature at home. G arden ideas go wild in the garden — 25 ways to connect with nature in the garden.
Inflatable kayak. Babybjorn baby carrier. Waterproof family sized picnic mat. The older ones 16 and 13 have outgrown all that now, but the younger one 8 is still very happy to play along. Get those teens out there — they could take Pierre and give you some time out! Despite all these posts I am in need of some outdoor motivation myself at the mo! Thanks for reading and take care of you. Love and hugs to all the family. Great ideas here. I think it is really important to allow risk-taking. Children need to learn how to fall out of a tree. Apparently more children break legs than ever before — many falling from bunk beds, because they have not learnt how to fall safely!
Our children are teens now, but we allowed them to roam a little bit — out of sight or earshot, and they absolutely loved this freedom. There is a great TED talk from Tania Byron on this — she asks the audience where they most liked to play as children. Got posts on risk and leg breaking coming soon!! A lovely resource post full of simple inspirational ideas. Perhaps I an add drive a tractor, make nature crafts and build a giant sand castle or sand boat against an incoming tide.
I like your point about not expecting someone new to the outdoors to be a natural on what to do at first. These skills need learning at any age. A few more in my similar posts on things to do indoors and the garden but not tractor driving or King Canute-ing on the beach!! Thanks for hosting again x. Thanks for the share. Plenty of great ideas and as long as the kids are happy, so are the parents too! Keep up the good work! Fantastic article, full of inspirational ideas and all achievable. Hopefully we can get lots more families having fun outdoors! Fabulous, so many ideas for great, simple outdoor fun.
Den building was my favourite pastime as a kid and young teen, we loved to hang around on an old sofa in the woods! We never had a sofa, sounds very posh but perfect for teen gatherings! And forest bathing before we knew it was a thing! Fantastic ideas, something for every age group to do outdoors and enjoy the countryside.
My children love climbing trees, camping, beaches, collecting shells and sea glass and having picnics from your list. Not on your list but lots of fun outdoors is geocaching. Thanks for the awesome round up of outdoors suggestions! A great list of things to do! I need to look at more ideas for teens. Thanks for reading. Sharing this. Thanks for the lovely comments and for sharing especially in my week of IT frustration!
Wish we could all reach more people with the message! Brilliant advice. Like you, we are massive advocates for getting the whole family out — the benefits are just overwhelming! Thanks for ing us on adventurecalling.Fun wild outdoor loving guy looking for wild fun girl
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