My children love anything to do with being outdoors, from jumping on a trampoline or bouncy castle to walking through a forest and playing on the beach, exploring the sea life that can be found on our shores. And apparently they are not alone.
A recent survey found that children want to learn more about the environment, and consider learning about it even more important than learning about traditional subjects such as history, geography and science.
I’m pretty sure that any teacher worth their salt would argue that the traditional subjects cover various topics on the environment, such as the landscape of the country in geography, and how climate change is affecting certain species in biology, but why leave the learning to school. Why not use this article as an excuse to get out and about and get your kids fascinated in the world around them.
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Weekends were made for fun and exploration, so if you are struggling for ideas why not check out the suggestions below:
1. Visit the zoo or safari park
2. Head to the park for fun on the swings
3. Have a picnic outdoors, be it the garden, the park or a zoo
4. Splash out and take the kids to a theme park
5. Make a beeline for the sea and let the kids make sandcastles with real sand
6. Head to your nearest forest or woodland is for your very own adventure
7. Tire the kids out at the closest adventure play area
8. Visit the nearest castle or grand house for adventures in the gardens.
9. Why not find your closest steam railway and go for a steam train ride
10. Meet the animals at your nearest wildlife centre or open farm
Below are some links to previous articles on how to have fun with your kids outdoors:
The link to the article I read that brought about this post can be found here:
- Children want to learn about the environment, survey finds (guardian.co.uk)
- On Outdoor Experience and Environmental Values (dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com)
- If we don’t do more to be sustainable today, what will our grown-up children say? (kleenexmums.com.au)
- UK family holidays: summer survival guide (telegraph.co.uk)