Teacher training: how to make map skills fun
Adrian Hall of Active Outdoor Discovery is an Outdoor Activities Instructor, Mountain Leader and Expedition leader - and has spent the last few years inspiring children to learn all about maps
The New Forest National Park isn’t just about long walks and beautiful surroundings, it’s also a great place to get out in the fresh air and enjoy spending some quality time with your little ones.
With a whole host of activities on offer in the park as well as plenty of things to see and do, when it comes to family fun, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Days out with the kids needn’t be expensive with loads of things to do for free. The only thing you’ll need to bring with you is your imagination and sense of adventure! Here’s some ideas for you…
Building a den in the New Forest is an activity which will bring hours of entertainment for big kids and little ones and adults too. Using the natural materials that the Forest has to offer, collect twigs, pebbles and sticks to build your fortress. And why not camouflage your den with leaves to make sure it’s safely hidden from predators…just like the animals do!
When you’re collecting your den-building materials, remember not to collect any living plants. There are plenty of leaves, twigs and branches on the floor of the forest just waiting to be used!
Make like Harry Potter and fly around the forest on your very own branch broomstick! Simply take some string with you on your woodland adventure, collect a long, straight branch and lots of smaller, slender twigs and help your little ones build their very own branch broomstick. Unfortunately, the tall trees will prevent a game of Quidditch from taking place.
Many of us will remember this simple yet captivating game from A.A Milne’s classic story, Winnie the Pooh. A childhood favourite, Pooh Sticks involves racing sticks down a stream to see who’s stick will pass the finish line first.
As you take a walk through the National Park plan your route to include a river or stream, collect your sticks and see who will be crowned champion!
This one’s particularly good for the autumnal months. Before you set off on your walk, put together a list of leaves your little ones need to find. Think orange leaves, star-shaped leaves, tiny leaves etc. At the end of your walk, see who’s managed to collect the most leaves off the list. You could even take your leaves home and make them into a collage or a mask!
If you are prepared to invest in your day out the New Forest Wildlife Park is the perfect locations for a wildlife adventure for the whole family.
Set in 25 acres of unspoilt woodland in the New Forest National Park, the New Forest Wildlife Park allows you to get up close and personal with deer, wolves, wild boar, bison, Scottish wildcats, lynx, wallabies, water voles, foxes, ferrets, harvest mice, owls and many more. And as if all that wasn’t exciting enough, the kids will love exploring the new Go Wild Adventure Playground!
Check out the Wildlife Park’s website for opening times and ticket prices.
Paultons Park is another great family-friendly adventure in the heart of the New Forest National Park. With over 60 thrilling rides and attractions, including the ever-popular Peppa Pig World, the park has been voted as the number one UK theme park for families by readers of Netmums, Which?, and Mumsnet – so definitely worth a visit!
Find out more information, including opening times and ticket prices here. Paultons Park is closed at certain times of the year, so check before planning a visit.