Outdoor Adventures for the School Holidays

A family walk featuring a man holding a picnic basket, a woman, girl and boy, all walking together

School holidays are here again, and a summer filled with potential for adventure. We’ve pulled together our favourite ideas for easy summer adventures that are not only free, but will keep your little ones entertained and inspired all summer long.

Go geocaching

This outdoor treasure-hunting game is a great way to get your little ones moving and exploring the great outdoors. Using an app on your phone, you can find hidden caches, which are small containers that have been hidden by other geocachers. You’d be surprised how many there are around the country – there may even be one hidden right by you now! Once you’ve found the cache, there’s usually something to write down your name and the date, and sometimes even a little treasure! Remember though, if you take away some treasure always bring something to put in the container for the next person to find.

Camp out in the garden

Sleeping under the stars always feels special and you don’t have to go far to do it. Set up tents and sleeping bags in the back garden, throw in some blankets and torches, and settle in for a night of ghost stories and star watching. Just don’t forget the midnight snacks!

Plan a “yes” day

This is a day where little ones get to plan and make all the decisions. Encourage them to think of their favourite activities, and then spend the day doing what they choose. It’s a great opportunity for them to take the lead and have control, while also teaching them the importance of decision-making and responsibility. Don’t forget to set some rules beforehand (like a price and distance limit, or you could have chaos on your hands!)

Go on a colour hunt

Looking for a way to add a bit more excitement to your walk in the woods? Before you embark upon your stroll, give your children a list of different colours and encourage them to find objects that match those colours along the way. When you get home, you can turn all the colourful treasures you found into a pretty collage. You might think this sounds like an idea for only the littlest adventurers, but you’d be surprised how fun this activity can be at any age!

Make a hedgehog house

Creating a hedgehog house is a fun and easy DIY project that little ones will love. Using materials like cardboard boxes, sticks, and leaves, children can create a safe and cosy home for hedgehogs. This activity will not only provide a fun afternoon, but it will also help children understand the importance of looking after our precious wildlife.

Looking for more summer holiday ideas? Check out the rest of our blog!

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