Monday, 30 December 2013

#cbias Winter Family Fun

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We love winter it is an excuse to snuggle up inside, watch some films, pig out on all the Christmas chocolates and biscuits!  But I also love getting the boys outdoors, whatever the weather it helps to tire them out so we always need a whole host of outdoor family activities to keep them occupied and out of mischief.

So we decided upon a scavenger hunt to have some fresh air, thankfully there was a reprieve in the high winds so we could approach the activity safely and not be blown away in the process!  There are plenty of ideas on the Internet to help you with this activity, we used the template available to download from the Nature Detectives website, but I also printed a few extra items to find to keep us going for a while!

We also only took any items that had already fallen to the ground rather than take them direct from the trees and plants.

It was a lovely day for it as the sun came out; we spotted a squirrel and a bird of prey, so it was a real treat.  

We also listened to the sounds around us, birds chirping, animals rustling and a running stream then collected a few extra fallen leaves, pine cones and bark to bring home for an arts and crafts session.

We have more things to see to add to our next attempt, like wild mushrooms and ferns.  There is so many things to discover when you head outside and a scavenger hunt is a good way to see the differences in textures and explain how the change of season effects plants and wildlife.

We intended to come home to a warm hearty soup in case the activity left us frozen (we had not planned on being blessed with decent weather).  Earlier we had headed to our local Co-operative for provisions, the shelves had a fair few empty spaces (I blame the Christmas rush but I do prefer it when a shop looks well stocked!).

There was a healthy discount on the sprouts (but thankfully as much as hubbie loves them he did not make us eat it in our soup even with 50% off!). Instead we bought leaks, courgettes, suede, carrots, garlic, chicken, lentils and one honorary tomato that youngest begged he needed!

And the Christmas chocolates were on a clearance sale, not that we can face anymore our house is jam packed...

So here is a picture of what we did buy:

Here is what hubbie changed it into!  It was a delicious chunky chicken soup packed with vegetables.

Feeling duly replenished we were ready for a spot of crafting.

After which point we were all ready for bed!


  1. My daughter loves scavenger hunts and it's a great way to amuse children whatever the weather. Many a summer I have spent lying on the grass whilst sending her off to find things like 'leaves in the shape of squirrels'...

  2. Love Nature Detectives! Their scavenger hunts are cool. Bet they were ready for a good sleep!