After a year of confinement, six out of 10 families want to spend more quality time together outdoors this summer, as enjoying nature became more important than ever during the pandemic.
The survey shows that families want to make the most of their outdoor outings, but sometimes lack inspiration to turn the day into a fun adventure.
TV host and nature enthusiast Helen Skelton says, “I think over the last 18 months we have exhausted our bank of ideas.”
67 percent of parents have struggled to come up with ideas for their children to have fun since the pandemic began.
In fact, the top ten outdoor family activities parents said they plan to do this summer are pretty standard:
Have a picnic, watch the sunset, go to theme parks, ride a bike, swim in the sea, visit nature reserves, go sightseeing, jump in the waves, pick fruit and build sand castles.
So Skelton partnered with the sunscreen brand Let go, who commissioned the survey, to give some tips to help parents foster fun adventures this summer, from mapping and obstacle courses to cloud hunting and scavenger hunts.
‘Glamping’, according to the survey, was a main activity that families had never done, but would be considering for the first time this year, but there are many ideas from Helen to keep the kids entertained in a way. free.
Become a ranger: When you are exploring, take a closer look at the nature around you. Before you go out, make a list of the creatures you would like to see and see if you can find them all during your adventures.
Create an obstacle course in nature– Use the landscape around you to create the ultimate obstacle course.
Nature braceletsBefore you go on a hike, take a piece of tape and wrap it around your wrist, sticky side out. Once you are away from home, look for pieces of nature to stick on the bracelet: twigs, grass, fallen petals.
Go rainbow hunt: Take a walk with your family and find something in all the colors of the rainbow to create your own wildlife museum. It can be a rose petal, a yellow straw, or a green leaf.
Learn to find your way with a mapFind a paper map of the area and start by calculating where you are now on the map. Pick an end point and plan your route there, making sure the map is oriented in the right direction.
Cloud detection: The objective of the game is to see what unusual or unexpected things you can see in the clouds. Do you see a snake, a star, or a face?
Make natural art: When you’re out and about, collect fallen leaves, petals, and sticks and use them to make a picture when you get home.
Build a raft of twigs: If you come across a water source like a river or lake, build a raft out of the objects you find around you and see how long it floats.
Build a wildlife hotel: Collect fallen branches you find when exploring to build a wildlife den that small animals can use for protection and shelter.
We hope these ideas give your creativity a boost for your next family adventure.
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