As a family, we love getting out and about for some fun in the great outdoors. Last weekend, I think we really embraced this by going into the forest, mother natures best invention ever! It has got to be the most fun, natural environment a child could wish for. Trees to climb, streams to splash in, mud to jump in, sticks to play with, logs to walk on, the list is endless.
We splashed through a little stream, which the children loved. There is always something wonderful about walking through a natural stream of clear flowing water.
After having a good splash about, we thought we would have a go at building a den as part of the tots100, centre parcs challenge.
In order to find somewhere suitable to build our den, we had to cross a very muddy bog. Someone had previously very kindly built a stick bridge for us to balance across. It was good fun, trying not to fall in. Then Twinlife daddy (not the children I might add) very nearly did fall in. As he stepped down into the mud, he sank right in and nearly went straight over. As you can see in a picture below, there is me doubled over laughing at him, watching him try to regain his balance and pull himself out! Unfortunately, he was not in camera shot! BB also managed to fill his boot with mud and water, but hey, that’s what it’s all about. The rest of us managed to balance across relatively cleanly.
We found a tree fallen across the stream. We thought the branches would make a good frame for us to lay sticks and foliage over for our den.
As a family we gathered as many sticks as we could find, to lay across the branches of the tree, for the roof. The children loved hunting round the forest for sticks, though, I’m not sure how useful the tiny little sticks the young ones picked up were? But they all joined in to make our family hide-out.
We tried looking for some foliage to give greater cover, but there just wasn’t any. We didn’t want to go picking foliage off trees, so we did end up with a rather holey roof, but still, the children didn’t seem to mind, they thought it was great! We did put a tarpaulin on the ground for them to sit on (which we had in our car), as the ground was so wet. The kids loved having their snack in their den. Mummy and daddy even joined them.
We may not have made the best den in the world, but we certainly had a lot of fun trying.
I love days like this, when the children can experience great fun in our natural world. For me it is so important that children have a chance to get back to basics, leave the modern world behind and use their imagination, along with natures gifts, to have pure simple fun and get muddy!!