We can all remember those days of old, running around in the great outdoors. Playing in mud, collecting earthworms, climbing trees, scraping a knee and getting on with it. Being called back inside and being forced to wash our hands before lunch. We can all remember those days… can’t we?

 

The answer is, sadly not. Nowadays the easiest way to entertain our children is by plonking them in front of the TV or handing them a tablet. Letting them stare at it for hours until they get ‘square eyes’ as my Granny would say. I will never forget the day when my Goddaughter chose watching a children’s TV programme over playing on our trampoline…Crazy!

 

Lauren Laverne recently wrote a brilliant blog ‘Stepping outside could be the best thing you do all day’ which presented some scary stats on how many kids haven't visited a natural environment in the last 12 months. She also touches on the lack of natural environment visits at schools now.

 

National Trust Natural Childhood

 

But things can change and the answer is in our nature. If you have not heard of these already, I am sure you will start to, Forest Schools.

 

What is a Forest School? ‘Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees’ as perfectly described by the Forest School Association.

 

This brilliant concept delivered by qualified Forest School Practitioners are available all over the UK. To find your local Forest School visit https://www.forestschools.com/find-your-local-forest-school/ .

 

Maybe a Forest School isn’t for your little one yet, or you want to give them a little extra to get them outside while at home. Take a look at our new Buki Nature range including Insect Explorer, Maxi Binoculars and Plants and Insects. All these great products introduce children to the plants, insects, and nature that surrounds them without breaking the bank! Keep an eye out for the Nature Explorer, Digital Metal Detector and Telescope which will be available at the end of March 2016.

 Insect ExplorerMaxi Binoculars

Insects and plants

We really do hope you and your children enjoy the great outdoors and all it has to offer, especially in the lead up to Easter. We would love to hear about your outside adventures by emailing media@toytastic.co.uk .

 

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