Monday, 17 October 2016

Ideas to Encourage you to get Outdoors with your Family

Smart Insurance who focus on family insurance products are keen in their latest campaign to encourage us all to spend more time with our nearest and dearest, getting outdoors, being active and embracing nature.  Having quality time together without the distractions of technology is so important – now the boys have a PS4 I have to do everything I can to make the outdoors look more tempting!!! 

Children grow up so very quickly so down tools (the housework can wait!) and head off on an adventure – you will never regret those memories you make!  Don’t let the weather be an excuse either, if its cold wrap up warm if it’s raining prepare to splash in puddles.

So here are some of our family favourite activities:

This is such a simple activity, but the boys enjoyed it so much.  It not only encouraged them to be outside but also got them eating healthier.  As you only pay for what you pick its very affordable entertainment.  Some PYO farms have a huge variety of fruit and vegetables to pick, so do your research if you want more comprehensive choice.  Or alternatively if you do not have a PYO location nearby just take you’re children blackberry picking, you can find these on most walks and hopefully have enough to make a crumble afterwards.

This is inexpensive fun that motivates my boys to get out in the fresh air, they enjoy finding hidden caches and seeing what treasures might be inside.  It’s the perfect motivation for long walks.  Just make sure your equipped with a few basics, if you take something from the cache leave something for the next finder in return its a polite courtesy.

Scavenger Hunt

You can get templates online or make your own and then head off into your nearest green space looking for different leaves, pinecones, twigs and wildlife – ticking off any you manage to spot.  You can also get your children to tune into the sounds around them as well, like birdsong for a very immersive experience.

Visit the National Trust

National Trust properties are the most perfect place to take your children they have a list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ - so working through them gives you plenty of inspiration and ideas for wonderful outdoor activities.  We have done quite a few on our visits like den building, rolling down a big hill, bird watching, bug hunting and cooking on a campfire.  Getting the booklet and working through the challenges is the ideal way to embrace good old fashion playtime.  Mud pie anyone?

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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This is a bit more expensive but it’s sometimes worth trying a new activity that will create a lasting memory.  I like to encourage my children’s confidence in water and this is the ideal activity as getting their balance right is not always easy so they fall off a fair bit and have to get themselves back on the boards independently.


  1. Awh love these ideas and such adorable photos! We love being out in the fresh air and our National Trust membership is invaluable for great days out. I think as my two get older the electronic devices have more of a pull though! x

  2. My favourite outdoors activity is Geocaching, we haven't been for a while but it's so much fun .

  3. I love the idea of fruit picking and we still haven't done it! I think maybe we'll try pumpkin patch picking instead! x

  4. We do get out a lot in the summer but I must admit in the winter we are not so brave. Should just wrap up warm and get out

  5. My boys would really love to try stand up paddle boarding. i will have to keep an eye out for where they can have a go