How to keep up with your children’s energy!
Most parents know how hard it is to tire young children out. They often seem to be battery-powered long after our own energy sources have run out! The idea of a gentle, winding-down bedtime often goes out the window as children are still zooming around full of beans.
And now there is research to back up these family experiences. Researchers at the Université Clermont Auvergne in France have found that children have greater energy levels than professional endurance athletes. In tests comparing children to triathletes or long-distance runners children were found to have fatigue resistant...
Nature inspiration a month for 2019
January’s often a time for new year’s resolutions and making plans, and we’re no exception! Of course, we’d love the outdoors to feature more in everyone’s lives, with all the health, wellbeing and community benefits that brings.
If you’d like to spend more time outdoors over the next year, here are some seasonal prompts for enjoying the great outdoors, whether you’re in the city, countryside or somewhere in between!
We hope each month’s theme will give you a focus to step outside together, whether it’s for ten minutes, an hour or a day’s adventure!
January: The moon
Get outside to beat the winter malaise
It’s no secret that as winter arrives we’re more likely to hit the sofa than the hillsides. With the festive season nearly upon us, the combination of stodgy treats, gloomy days and cold weather means we’re likely to feel tired and unmotivated to get outside.
But the key to keeping your energy lies in spending time outdoors all through the year. Read on to find out how you can stay feeling happy and healthy through the winter months with these practical tips.
Make the most of natural daylight
As the days grow shorter, our bodies respond to the lower light levels. The lack of...
Five Crafty Autumn Leaf Ideas For Half Term
‘Listen, the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves
We’ve had our summer evenings, now it’s time for October eves’
As autumn sets in and the leaves fall, it’s a treasure trove for walks with the children. If you’re short of (free) activities over half term, it’s time to head outside, gather up armfuls of leaves and get crafting.
We’ve taken inspiration from the best crafty sites out there to give you some cheap and easy ideas for beautiful autumn crafts.
Make leafy hedgehogs
This simple idea just requires paper, glue and pens. Stick your...
Leave The Leaves! Five Ways to Help Garden Wildlife This Autumn
As autumn takes hold in the UK the winds are getting up and temperatures cooling down. Many gardeners use this time of year to clear up the garden, sort the shed and settle down for the more dormant period over winter.
But there are lots of ways you can support wildlife at this time of year, helping creatures prepare for the colder months and be fit for spring.
Here are some tips for making your autumn gardening as wildlife-friendly as possible.
Leave the leaves
It’s tempting to clear away fallen leaves, but they provide shelter for insects and mammals during...
Get Walking For International Walk To School Month.
October is International Walk To School Month and all over the world communities are being encouraged to make it easier for children to walk to school.
Walking to school is a great choice for all sorts of reasons. It’s a simple way of having more exercise and outdoor time, without having to fit another outing, club or activity into busy weeks. Research has shown that getting our bodies moving gets our brains moving too – so children who have walked to school are likely to feel more ready to learn and less sleepy than those who have travelled by car.
And it can...