3 August 2017

Be Wild With The National Trust This Summer

We absolutely love our National Trust membership, in fact i'd go as far to say it's some of the best money we spend all year. There is nothing better than exploring one of their amazing sites which are brilliantly geared up for a great family day out. The girls love being outside in the fresh air, with space to roam and 'be wild' with things to discover around every corner. To me, adventuring outdoors is childhood epitomised and it's magical to watch my girls explore the world around them with wonder, whether they are building dens, climbing fences or picking up pine cones.

Den Building
Ellie Den Building

However, the National Trust has recently run some interesting research about childhood today which highlighted some stark differences when compared to the childhood's of parents and grandparents:

  • Children today spend 57% less time exploring outdoors than their parents and grandparents did – on average just 1 hour 20 mins a day, vs. 2 hours 40 mins (parents) and 3 and a half hours a day (grandparents). I was really shocked at this but with busy schedules and technology I can see how it might have happened.
  • 87% of parents and grandparents said they enjoy seeing their offspring running wild and carefree, with 80% taking pleasure from seeing them playing outdoors away from a technology device. It is the most lovely feeling and I honestly love nothing more than watching my children enjoying being outdoors and 'free range'.
  • In addition, 95% of parents and grandparents agree that it is important for children to connect with nature so that they can build a relationship with the great outdoors and help future generations care for and protect it. This is so important and something I definitely want to instill in our little ladies.

They also found that nearly half (49%) of grandparents take on the role of childminding more than twice a week to support parents, with this increasing during the school holidays by almost two-thirds of grandparents (61%). A whopping 9 in 10 (92%) said that when they do spend time with their grandchildren, they are keen to actively encourage them to take part in explorative outdoor play rather coop up indoors.  

Phoebe enjoying nature's playground

The National Trust wants to encourage children to explore the world around them as their parents and grandparents did, exchanging screens for scenes. This is something I'm a huge advocate of and we have many outdoor adventures planned this Summer to keep us busy throughout the holidays. 

Lottie loves collecting sticks and pine cones

I really love this video from the Trust which shows how the whole family can enjoy a day out at a National Trust Site and 'go wild' in the true sense of the word:

The Trust have also compiled a list of '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' to provide a bit of inspiration and their sites up and down the country are the perfect places to tick some of them off. The list is super handy if you're looking for ideas to keep the children busy over the holidays and the perfect way to spend some time as a family in a really affordable way. It also gives parents and grandparents the chance to share a bit of their childhood with the next generation:

1. Climb a tree
2. Roll down a really big hill
3. Camp out in the wild
4. Build a den
5. Skim a stone
6. Run around in the rain
7. Fly a kite
8. Catch a fish with a net
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
10. Play conkers
11. Go on a really long bike ride
12. Make a trail with sticks
13. Make a mud pie
14. Dam a stream
15. Play in the snow
16. Make a daisy chain
17. Set up a snail race
18. Create some wild art
19. Play pooh sticks
20. Jump over waves
21. Pick blackberries growing in the wild
22. Explore inside a tree
23. Visit a farm
24. Go on a walk barefoot
25. Make a grass trumpet
26. Hunt for fossils and bones
27. Go star gazing
28. Climb a huge hill
29. Explore a cave
30. Hold a scary beast
31. Hunt for bugs
32. Find some frogspawn
33. Catch a falling leaf
34. Track wild animals
35. Discover what’s in a pond
36. Make a home for a wild animal
37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
38. Bring up a butterfly
39. Catch a crab
40. Go on a nature walk at night
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
42. Go swimming in the sea
43. Build a raft
44. Go bird watching
45. Find your way with a map and compass
46. Try rock climbing
47. Cook on a campfire
48. Learn to ride a horse
49. Find a geocache
50. Canoe down a river

You can find out more about becoming a member of the National Trust HERE, in the meantime why not enter my competition to win a Family Day Pass to enjoy at a National Trust location of your choosing (terms and conditions below):

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Wishing you lots of 'wild' adventures with your littles this summer and good luck!

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  1. Definitely looking forward to picking blackberries and make apply and blackberry pie!

  2. Fly a kite - something I have not done since I was a very young child

  3. We've already done a few of these. But we'd love to, Go on a nature walk at night and Set up a snail race.

  4. Catch a crab!


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