There's a week left of the summer holidays for most people, so I hope lots of you will be out there making the most of the great outdoors, getting plenty of fresh air and having lots of fun. We've not had much of a summer, so I'm expecting that Autumn will sneak up on us without anyone really noticing (did summer even happen?).
So, for those of you who haven't already planned out the last activities for your children and for those that are in your care, then why not try these ideas...
Build a den
Den building has always been a popular choice for all ages (including adults) and it allows parents to engage in the activity as well. Den building is not only fun, but it also requires a bit of skill, logic and creativity. I have many fond memories of creating dens with my brother when I was younger, It allowed us to bond and share in an activity - which is something we wouldn't ordinarily do given our five year age gap.
Make your own nature trail
Why not think of your own garden or local park as a potential nature reserve and create your own nature trail - it could be a temporary trail, or you could make it more permanent. You could look at where different plants grow, and where wildlife is seen and give that spot a name and make a sign (butterfly bushes or grassy grove?) You could also create features such as wildlife homes to place around your trail - and why not make a secret miniature fairy or dinosaur garden too - you could always use some toys to bring it to life. Of course, no nature trail would be complete without a map (and is a great way to continue the project if it rains!)
Whatever you decide to do, enjoy it!