Are you an outdoorsy family? Do you pull on your wellies or walking boots and head out on weekend adventures? I’m rather ashamed to admit that we’re not. My girls are much more likely to want to go to the cinema or play inside with their toys. It’s a far cry from my childhood where most weekends were spent in walking boots and waterproofs hiking up mountains. Don’t get me wrong we do go out on day trips and walk around our local nature reserve, it’s just those kind of days don’t happen as often as we’d like.
When we were approached by Persil to try out their Wild Explorers app I was keen to put it to the test and see if my indoorsy girls would be inspired to embrace the mud and mess of outdoor fun.
The app is really user friendly and my girls got the hang of it straight away. You select where, how long for, and the age group then you can either pick from a list or an activity can be chosen at random for you. What I like about this is that you don’t need to plan a big day out it can be a 10 minute activity on the way home from school or something to bring out when the inevitable ‘I’m bored’s come out during the holidays.
We had a free Sunday with no plans, something that never seems to happen these days, so we jumped at the chance to get out for the day. While we were in the car the girls explored the app for ideas of what we could do while exploring in the forest. My youngest girl has never climbed a tree before so she was desperate to give it a go. Of course she was supervised the whole time and we made sure we picked a suitable tree.
As you can see she was very proud for herself! I love how simple activities like these give such a boost in confidence to children. Even her sister gave it a little go, though wellies weren’t the best foot wear for climbing!
Another idea was trying to make a birds nest..
It wasn’t 100% successful when you consider whether a bird would make it’s home there (!) but if you’re measuring success on a fun scale then it was a huge hit. N loved collecting things from the forest floor and chatted about the things she was choosing and why.
We had such a wonderful and simple family day out so much so that we all made the decision to get out in the countryside and explore more at the weekends.
This post is written in collaboration with Persil, as always all the views our own. We wouldn’t recommend something we didn’t enjoy using.