Now the summer holidays are here I am looking for things to keep the children busy and keep them outside. At least that’s the theory- the heat of late means that they are spending most of the day inside and the early morning and evening outside.
But ‘outside’ is a great place for kids to spend time: it’s tiring, means they aren’t messing up inside and helps them to see what is around them. Over the past year we have been Center Parcs Bloggers, and a huge focus of Center Parcs is the wildlife that surrounds us. So this month’s Nature Trail Challenge is perfect. Don’t think that you have to go far afield though: there’s plenty to see in your very own garden.
Here are some of my favourite Nature ideas for children:
1. How to Nest For Less has a fantastic Nature Scavenger Hunt, which would be a brilliant basis for a kid’s birthday party
2. Red Ted Art has the perfect Nature Bag for putting all your scavenging in!
3. Nature Detectives has an outrageous amount of information and seasonally relevant printables on their website, including some brilliant printable Nature Detective certificates: perfect for all abilities.
4. Kent Wildlife Trust- of which we are members- has a What’s On database- including Walk With the Warden, Rockpooling and Beach Combing activities all through the summer.
5. And of course, there is the awesome 50 Things to Do Before You Are 11 3/4 list from the National Trust which we are working our way through
For a chance to become our newest Center Parcs Family Blogger and win a family break to a Center Parcs village of your choice, simply blog about your child’s checklist and family nature spotting trip – you could share your checklist for others to have a go or even take some pictures of the animals and plants you spot! Then all you need to do is tweet us a link to your blog post, letting Tots100 know that it’s your entry into this month’s challenge by including the Tots100 and Center Parcs handles and the hashtag #CPFamilyBreaks. The challenge closes on July 26th.