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Things to do with Grandchildren

There is something very special about time spent with your grandchildren.  If you are one of the lucky grandparents who gets to enjoy your grandchildren from birth you will have formed a strong bond with them by the time they are old enough to go to school and then be left with you during half terms and holidays! Spending time with grandparents is the stuff of early memories for many children.

Just being with them, giving them your time and reading to them or playing with them is often a source of enormous pleasure for both generations. We do get lots of comments from grandparents about the fun they have had!  MB from Kenilworth told us “Although a resident of Kenilworth, we learned several things we had not known before and it was a great way to spend a few hours with the grandchildren”.

Things to do with Grandchildren - 1-2 Years Old1 – 2 years old

Introducing them to the concept of Treasure Trails can start as early 1 or 2 years old. Toddlers enjoy a short walk that involves pointing out familiar objects and animals such as the ones they will have seen in their picture books. Having an ice-cream along the way will nearly always be appreciated too!

3 – 4 years old

At 3 and 4 years old they are ready to walk quite a distance. They can get involved in counting up to around 10 and working out some very very simple maths. Most Treasure Trails have at least one clue that requires some counting – steps along the way, objects on a mural or the number of green doors for example!

Things to do with Grandchildren - 5-6 Years Old5 – 6 years old

Five and six year olds thoroughly enjoy getting to grips with the first half a dozen clues in a Treasure Trail. Their attention might wander  after about half an hour or so. Many of the routes of a Treasure Trail pass a playground and children of all ages enjoy a break from the walk for a push on a swing or a go on the slide.  Our Trail writers have devised a few picture only Treasure Trails where all the clues are a photo of something seen along the route and five and six year olds can match the photo in the Treasure Trails booklet to the real thing. They might not be able to do it completely independently every time, but they will gain enormous satisfaction in getting involved. For a list of picture only Trails, send us an email or message us on Facebook or Twitter and we will send it out to you.

CE from Telford commented “The Trail was great fun and our grandchildren aged 6 and 10 really enjoyed it. We discovered things we did not know about Shrewsbury.”

7 – 8 years old

By the time children get to 7 years old they are more than ready to tackle a standard Treasure Trail. Treasure Trails are suitable for very bright and aware childreThings to do with Grandchildren - 7-8 Years Oldn younger than 7, but we think that by 7 years old they can not only solve the majority of clues, but their attention can be held by the walk and clue solving all the way to the end. Children love doing things together with the family and Treasure Trails are a fabulous way to spend a day exploring with a picnic along the way.

JT from Devon said “Kept our 8 & 9yr old grandchildren amused and they read clues with enthusiasm”

Things to do with Grandchildren - 9-10 Years Old9 – 10 years old

We hope that at 9 and 10 they are asking to do Treasure Trails and equate them with fun times with all the family!  Once in their teens, they may want to do other things, but perhaps they will humour their grandparents for a little longer and keep exploring with you!

PM from Bewdley said “ I thought this was a 1st class trail and did it with 2 grandchildren aged 9 and 7”

DB from Gloucester commented “Loved doing this with my 12 & 14 yr old grandchildren, a really good day out. Will do more Thanks”

We’d love to hear and see how you have got on with your grandchildren on a day out with a Treasure Trail in hand! Get in touch through facebook, by phone or email.

30th September 2015

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Walking Back to Happiness

Remember the Helen Shapiro song, ‘Walking Back To Happiness’? I was listening to the lyrics the other day and the line ‘All my blues have blown away’ reminded me how good it always feels when you’ve been out for a walk and all those endorphins have been swilling around.

Recently, one of our customers sent us an email which we have permission to quote fromWalking Back to Happiness - Helen Shapiro

“It’s such a good way of getting fresh air and exercise without feeling like your doing exercise (if that makes sense). I’m currently signed off from work with stress and depression and the doctor has told me to get out and about. We have now done Knaresborough and Harrogate and has been very therapeutic for me.” (Kath R., Leeds)

We are naturally delighted that our products are helping someone feel better and we hope you feel completely better soon Kath. We have another one of our customers who told us that she does the Trails with her autistic son as she says they are really good for him.

We regularly get comments about getting the children out for exercise and out from behind their phone and tablet screens!  SR from Gloucester remarked to us when she submitted her answer to the Bristol Harbourside Trail “This was lots of fun for the whole family. Kept my two boys entertained without asking for a screen once!!!”.  Now that’s got to be good for them!

So everyone knows that walking is good for you, but not everyone likes walking.  Sometimes you need a little bit of encouragement or even a little bit of distraction whilst walking. If you are feeling a bit down and need to put a bit of happiness back in your life, you could do a lot worse than a having a bit of a walk with a difference!

Choose a Treasure Trail from our catalogue – click on the Buy a Trail tab and let us know how solving a set of clues and following the directions made you feel much better! Put it on your things to do list today!

2nd September 2015

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