During the Easter break we received a special hamper from Mothercare packed with everything that my Beans would need to get outside and have fun. As a family we love being outdoors, our little people thrive on it and it’s definitely one of the ways that we interract best as a family which is why I love it so much when Spring arrives. Of course, we still get out and about in the winter too but it’s never quite so much fun when you get all soggy and cold.
Mothercare know that childhood fun is all about the next adventure and exploring the world around us. Their new Adventurer Range inspires memories of caravan holidays, summer camps and road trips. Exploring nature and seeing life through the eyes of a child. For the girls it’s all about vintage florals and photographic prints, for boys the colours are muted and chalky bright with dayglo highlights and modern, illustrative graphics depicting nature and adventure.
We took a trip to Springfields so the Beans could try out their Explorers Kit straight away. They searched in the bushes, on the floor and dug in the mud to find insects, they jumped on the grass to encourage the worms to the surface and they looked to the skies to spot birds.
On the Easter Bank Holiday weekend as the sun was shining we visited Fineshade Woods and set to work on building a den in a clearing.
Then we searched on the floor to see if we could find any bugs lurking in the shadows. You would not believe how hard it was to find something, anything which resembled a bug. Just as we were about to give up Beanie Boy spotted a spider which we followed to the base of a tree where we found hundreds of them, little tiny black ones with a silver line on their backs. They ran so fast we couldn’t catch them so we left them to their business and set off on a walk.
The forest floor was just starting to see the first signs of bluebells so we will definitely be going back soon to see them all out.
We had visited Fineshade previously but as I was alone I didn’t feel comfortable walking around the woods on my own with the children so I didn’t know where anything was or how long the walk would take. This time we had my Mum with us so we were free to explore. First stop: The Treehouse!
The Treehouse is a stunning construction but unfortunately it was a little too big for my Beans as they couldn’t reach the ropes comfortably once they had climbed the ladder so they stuck to hanging around like monkeys on the lower ropes instead.
Walking through the woods we pretended we were the mouse looking for the Gruffalo, we asked the ‘pretend’ snake who was hiding under the logs . . .
We walked through the Deep Dark Wood, we looked by the water’s edge and we even found some paw prints . . .
But we couldn’t find the Gruffalo anywhere so we had a rest before finishing off with some fun and games in the park.
It’s fun being a child!!