You may have survived the Easter holidays, but everyone knows keeping kids entertained is a full time job. Luckily, it's time for another dose of Midweek Playdate inspiration from Gigi Brooks. Today we're turning our attention to the 'Great Outdoors' and considering a few ways to nurture a love of nature in your little ones.
We recently stumbled across a really useful blog post by the Royal Horticultural Society. 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside is brimming with ideas that will keep children occupied in the open air. From mud pies to pond dipping, bug hunting to bulb planting, a quick read of this list will leave your children with plenty of outdoor activities to be getting on with. We also think Project Wild Thing, a film led movement designed to get more kids (and their parents) outside and reconnecting with nature, will leave you feeling inspired. The National Trust is another great resource, as is Wildlife Watch.
From our own toy department, the Vintage Botany Case provides all the essentials that any budding young gardener or botanist could possibly need, while the Vintage Explorers Case is perfect for children seeking adventure. Suitable for ages 6 and up, both sets combine fun with learning as your little one is able to use common tools and stationery to embrace nature under adult supervision.
If your kids are keen to get their hands dirty, our Vintage Gardening Trowel and Fork are a fantastic introduction to the fun and enjoyment of gardening. Made from a combination of metal and wood, these robust tools are a great way to let children frolic and play among the flowerbeds while working with an adult to make everything look beautiful. Our Red Metal Wheelbarrow is the perfect companion to this set, featuring plenty of space for fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden, or simply toys and teddies tired from a long day's play! Designed much as a full size wheelbarrow would be, this small scale model is well balanced to help keep your little one upright.
Mud might seem like a major downside, but we think a little mess is a small price to pay when playing outside will bring your children so much joy.
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