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Top Six Reasons Why Exploring is Good for the Family

There are numerous studies on what is good for children and we are all aware that children who spend quality time with their siblings, parents, grandparents and other close family members are often grounded and happy.

Our claims below are generalisations, but we are certain they are right!

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1. The family that plays together stays together!  Playing together develops as families grow up and become more independent but there is nothing like a good game to keep everyone connected – and of course in today’s world of technology the game playing can continue even when the children have left home! We play several games on line with our siblings and adult children.

Exercise 

2. The family that takes regular exercise will be healthier and happier. Children who play and explore outdoors are less stressed and more confident. And whilst you could explore from your sofa, it is much more fun to get up and go outdoors to do it.

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3. The family that knows their local area will have more choices. Imagine moving to a new area and not exploring it. It is almost the first thing most of us do when we move – find out where the shops, schools, leisure centres, parks and so on are. That’s exploring!

Curiousity

4. Encouragement of inquisitiveness will remain with children long after they’ve grown up. Having or showing an interest in learning things and being curious keeps the old young!  It was Albert Einstein who said “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing”.

Love of Travel

5. Exploring new places as children instils a love of travel and it is said travel broadens the mind. We couldn’t find the source of that saying, but we completely agree with Mark Twain who said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

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6. Exploring isn’t expensive unless your plan is to explore outer space or the Arctic Circle!  Exploring the garden and investigating all the wee bugs and beasties counts as exploring in our book!  “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

So get out there and explore if you know what is good for you!

We really enjoy reading about people’s exploring adventures – send your stories and photos to us on Facebook (as these families did) and have a great summer.

6th August 2014

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Easter Fun and Games

With Easter fast approaching, we hope that you are looking forward to enjoying a Treasure Trail or two!

In the interim, we’ve had a think to come up with some fun, alternative Easter games to entertain the family with. Let us know your own activities and ideas that you enjoy by leaving us a comment below.

Easter Fun and Games - cracking eggHunt for Hidden Eggs

If you haven’t already, join in the fun and have a go at Steve’s Eggstra Special Easter Challenge. We’ve hidden six Easter eggs all over the internet, each containing a special prize. Our clever talking rabbit will give you a clue to where you might find each egg, so be sure to listen carefully.

You can search for as few or as many eggs as you like, but you must find all of the first five eggs in order to find the golden egg, which contains an extra special prize!

If the weather is less than pleasant, then why not replace the traditional outdoor Easter egg hunt with an indoor version to entertain little ones? If chocolate eggs are too easy to find, try hiding jelly beans, with a series of cryptic clues to help seek them out.

You can read our previous blog post, Sprinkle Some Fairy Dust – How to Write Great Clues, in order to gain some inspiration.

Remember to make a note of the number of jelly beans you have hidden to avoid finding sticky sweets at a later date!

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This is a lot of fun for all ages, and all you need is some eggs and a large hill. Remember, the steeper the hill, the more thrilling the race, but the harder the climb afterwards!

Have fun decorating your boiled eggs beforehand with dyes and paints, and then take them along with you on your next Treasure Trail to add some extra excitement to your day. You never know what landscapes you may find that will make the ideal egg racing track!

Easter Crafts

Easter crafts are good fun and an ideal boredom breaker if the weather is just too horrid to be outside. Learning how to create origami chicks and bunnies is an enjoyable exercise and your creations can be used afterwards to decorate Easter cards, create bunting or even place names for your Easter table.Easter Fun and Games - Knitted little bunny

Instructions are easy to find on the internet, ranging from the easy to the more complex.

 

Knitting is another traditional craft that can be taught to children and enjoyed by adults alike. There are plently of fun patterns and kits available that only require simple stitches and a ball of yarn, aside the odd googly eye.

You can win one of three Easter Bunny Kits, courtesy of Gift Horse Knit Kits, in our Easter Challenge!

27th March 2013

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