With the ongoing situation re Covid 19, please be sure to follow current Government Guidelines re outdoor exercise, social distancing etc.
Parks and Playgrounds
Parks and playgrounds are a great way for the kids to run off a bit of steam and just play. We’ve put together a Guide to our favourite parks and playgrounds here., and there are lists of all parks and playgrounds in East Cheshire here.
A great way to turn a walk into an adventure! Find out all about geocaching and how to get started, here.
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Make Mud Pies
Great fun (if not a bit messy but who’s concerned about that at this stage?!)
Mix up your mud mixture and then divide onto plates and decorate your pie with items from around the garden. We had toppings of petals, gravel, leaves to name but a few.
Whilst on a walk find some colourful flowers and some juicy leaves. Grab a bit of thin plain cloth and a rubber mallet. Fold the cloth in half and place the flowers and leaves inside the folded cloth. Let your kids hit the cloth with the rubber mallet and a beautiful picture will appear!
A great project for local woods! You may be lucky enough for dens to already have been made and then you can add on your dead twigs and sticks to make the den bigger. If not, start by making a tipi formation against a low lying branch and keep adding! It will keep the kids entertained for hours!
You can be as elaborate as you like but for something easy and child friendly you an just use a plant pot and then fill with cut grass, twigs, pieces of bamboo, acorns or pine cones etc and build it up until it is full before placing in the garden for bugs to enjoy!! You can pop out and check for any new guests in your hotel whenever you fancy!
Let’s see all the different coloured leaves that we can find in the garden and then using cutting skills create a picture! If you have a hole punch or zig-zag scissors this is a fun way to make different shapes!
Add paint to the picture to create different animals such as hedgehogs.
Find some open space and download a free tracking app such as Strava and challenge your children to make some masterpieces! For a full project, why not get them to plan some walks on your local streets using maps? After the planning, see if your designs match the outcome.
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Feed the Ducks
Spice up your walk with the kids by stopping and giving our feathered friends a little snack. Click here for our favourite spots to feed the ducks. If we’ve missed your favourite, let us know here!
You can do this in your garden or to make a walk more exciting. You could even give a reward/treat for each thing the kids find and tick off! Click here for a couple of Scavenger Hunts we’ve designed that you can print off or just use from your phone if you don’t have access to a printer.
Go on an adventure (for a walk….)
My kids aren’t massive fans of just walking and get fed ups after a few steps. You can make it more appealing for them by turning it into an adventure – do a scavenger hunt, look for road signs, try some Strava art, deliver some letter or homemade cards to friends and family. For more ideas check out our 10 ideas to make walking with kids more fun Blog here.
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