Last weekend I was very lucky to be invited to Nymans - a National Trust Property in West Sussex with my family to take part in a blogger event to promote outdoor play and a natural childhood.
My older children were with me and got to take the little ones outside to make Mud Monsters and bird feeders, whilst we were introduced to David Bond and Project Wildthing!
I was really shocked to learn that we are one of the worst countries in the world for encouraging outdoor play, and our kids roaming area is significantly less than our own was when we were young. Apparently my family is fairly unusual by the fact we walk to school!
We had a very informative session and breakout about how to encourage outdoor play, which is a whole other post entirely, and then it was time to have some lunch followed by outdoor fun. My older boys proved what a challenge it can be by breaking out their phones to play games during lunch, but they more than made up for it in the afternoon.
There was some good, old fashioned horseplay.......
The chance to travel in style...........
Some bamboo inspection...........
We were taught to make a proper Den by Rob Cowen and all the children got involved and had great fun!
And the best bit about a campfire...............the marshmallows of course!!
By the end of the day, they were all shattered and Eliza had a typical toddler meltdown followed by a monster sleep........ there is definitely something in that fresh air you know!!
Oh, and the chance to get a photograph of all my babies in the same place at the same time, thanks to TheBoyandMe!
If you love outdoor play and want to join in, or grab some ideas, why not check out the Country Kids linky by Coombe Mill and / or check out Skimming Stones by Rob Cowen and Leo Critchley - I have loads of ideas already!