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Posted by in on Aug 17, 2017 .

Foraging with children

There is something magical about finding food growing wild. And there are lots of foods out there to tempt us, once we start looking. With a little guidance, even young foragers can get in on the act. Late summer, as fruits, berries and nuts ripen, is a great time to start.

Safety first

It’s worth establishing some ground rules straight off to keep everyone safe. The number one thing to spell out before anyone pops anything into their mouths is that they need to check with you first. Most of the fruits and plants we recommend starting with are easily identified, but it’s wise to have an adult on hand to...

Posted by in General News on Aug 09, 2017 .

Bikes and babies – get cycling!

There’s so much to enjoy on a bike – the freedom to explore, the speed, the adventure. Whether you’re an enthusiastic, reluctant or beginner cyclist yourself, getting on your bike with small children opens up everyone’s worlds: you can go further and faster while still feeling the breeze and sun on your face (and, let’s be honest, the wind and rain sometimes!).

We’ve got lots to say about the joys of cycling, so watch out for more coming soon! This post’s all about getting on your bike with your baby, toddler or pre-schooler before they’re off on their own. For the why and the how…...

Posted by in General News on Aug 09, 2017 .

10 beach activities for everyone

With the UK being an island amongst islands, there’s no shortage of beaches. Many of us find ourselves coast-bound in the summer season, even if we’re normally landlocked.

While many adults dream of a quiet sunbathe or some peaceful holiday reading, with young children beaches are all about the kit and the activities!

We can help you with the kit of course and we thought we’d also share some ideas for keeping everyone entertained without the need for donkey rides, carousels, or 2p slot machines (though there’s room to enjoy them too!).

Seashell hunting

A great one for younger...

Posted by in General News on Aug 02, 2017 .

Now we’re into summer holidays, there’s scope to get creative with bed times!

If a sleep out isn’t for you and your little ones, no problem – just have fun outside as it gets dark then get warm and snuggled in bed afterwards.

The RSPB have loads of ideas and challenges for enjoying the summer nights, but we thought we’d add our favourites too. Who’s intrigued by glow in the dark mud made from potatoes? Read on!

Go on a sensory walk

Get your jumpers on and take a trip down a familiar route – maybe a section of the walk to nursery or school, or a local green patch. How are things different to the daytime?

A good...

Posted by in on Jul 18, 2017 .
15 free (or cheap!) summer holiday ideas
 
Last time on the blog we extolled the virtues of being bored for wellbeing and creativity. There’s a lot to be said for seeing what happens when kids have nothing to do. 
 
That said, it’s always a sanity-saving idea to have some tricks up our sleeve when the days and weeks are stretching ahead.
 
So here’s our list of how to make the most of the outdoors this summer, for free or at low cost, whatever the weather…
 
1. Build a den
It’s a classic, but good whatever the season or age of your kids. Use chairs and clothes driers as a frame in the garden, or go...

Posted by in on Jul 18, 2017 .
The number one free activity we recommend this summer
 
Are you summer holiday ready? 
 
Six weeks of school holidays lie ahead: for many families that means long days with time to fill. Most of us can predict we’ll hear complaints of “I’m bored!” or “What are we doing today?”
 
So the scramble to find play dates, summer schools and other activities is on. And plans can be essential to save our sanity and help us make the most of local services – whether it’s themed days in the parks, story times in the libraries or trails in the woods. 
 
But in this blog we’re going to sing the praises of an...

Posted by in on Jul 07, 2017 .

The Ultimate Kozi Kidz Camping Checklist (plus a GIVEAWAY!)

Read to the end to find out how to enter our base layer giveaway!

The UK camping season is well underway! And with surveys suggesting that many people are planning a staycation this year, camping is the perfect option for making the most of the great outdoors.

We know how frustrating it can be getting everything together for a camping trip – especially if it’s a last minute decision to take advantage of weekend sunshine. So here’s the list we use to make sure we’ve not left anything behind.

Read on to check whether we’ve missed anything (or whether you think...

Posted by in on Jun 21, 2017 .

Wild swimming with children

With midsummer sun thoughts turn to staying cool while having fun outdoors. And when temperatures rise, what could be more blissful than splashing around in the dappled sunlight of a wooded lakeshore or by a riverbank?

Wild swimming or paddling can be safe for all the family, and what’s more, it’s even recommended by the National Trust as a way to ward of nature deficit disorder.

With a bit of planning, enjoying a day by the water is the epitome of family fun in summer. But it helps to be prepared. Here are our tips for enjoying the water with little ones.

  1. Pick your spot

There are...