Off The Beaten Track With Tracker
This weekend we have taken advantage of the glorious Autumn weather we have had and got out in our local country park to explore the great outdoors and all it has to offer. There is nothing we like more than to get out of the house and get some fresh air together, with so many parks and rights of way around us we are really lucky to be spoiled for choice to take a long walk together and even if the weather isn’t perfect we always have a great time.
This time of year there are so many things to see and do outdoors and by taking a different route this weekend and going deeper into the forest we discovered all sorts of mushrooms large and small, elder berries, blackberries and lots of dry crunchy leaves to play in! It’s amazing just how many steps you can do without noticing when you are having fun and if you are running out of inspiration on how to keep the kids engaged, take a look at the top tips below for some great outdoor ideas.
Tracker is celebrating three decades of being one of the top cereal bars to add to lunch-boxes over the UK both for kids and adults. In celebration Tracker have partnered a new initiative with The Woodland Trust and James Cracknell to encourage the nation to get Off The Beaten Track and help to achieve walking 30,000 miles this year. You can get involved and be a part of this by getting out into the great outdoors with your family and pledge how many steps you will have walked by the end of 2015. It’s very simple to pledge just head the Tracker website and enter your details, and as a thank you for participating every person who pledges will be have a chance to win some Tracker bars to take on your next walk.
My Top Tips
Take a checklist:
Create a page of photo’s of things you will find while out on your nature walk and laminate the page. While you are out it gives the kids a focus to find all the nature items on the list and don’t forget to take a pen so they can tick off each one as they find it.
Forage for seasonal produce:
It’s amazing what you can find on your woodland walk and it’s so much fun to forage for produce you can find in nature. Remember to pack some containers to collect up your bounty, at this time of year you can find blackberries, mushrooms, hazelnuts, sloe berries, rose hips and elder berries and more. It’s a fun way to get the whole family involved and when you return home you can all come up with a tasty recipe to serve up from your foraging.
Have a scavenger hunt:
With so many things you can find, pack a bag each and collect up some Autumn items you can take home and turn them into crafty masterpieces you can make together. Pine cones, dried leaves, twigs, feathers and acorns are just a few things you can find to make some fun craft projects with when you get home.
Of course make sure that the kids are safe at all times but getting out in nature means there are plenty of trees out there to climb, it’s such a fun activity and gives a real sense of achievement to achieve. If they are unsure and don’t want to for fear of heights why not find some fallen logs to climb across instead.
Become a nature photographer:
Take a camera on your walk so the kids can document the day by photographing all the interesting and fun things they find along the way. Make sure you charge up the battery or take extra with you and when you get home upload the photos to remember the day and why not make a photo book of your memories.
Top Tips From James Cracknell
How else can I enjoy my walk?
There is so much to see and do during a simple walk in the woods, so having a range fun activities planned will help to make sure you make the most of your adventure! What I personally enjoy the most is the chance to get up close with the wildlife. Here are a few things to inspire you:
Make leaf faces and muddy smiles:
Use mud and natural materials to make faces in the woods. See what sort of things you can find to represent eyes, hair, teeth, noses and beards and then get creative! Try making a face peeping up from the woodland floor, or down from a tree trunk.
Become a tree tracker:
Britain’s woodlands are full of trees, each with their own unique features. Our native trees arrived and grew here naturally after the last Ice Age but common non-native tree species have since been introduced and can be found in parks, along streets, gardens and in areas across the British landscape. See how many different types of trees you can spot, using this handy guide from The Woodland Trust.
Track animal footprints:
There are so many great animals that live in woodlands across the UK – they will leave very different footprints, depending on the size of their feet. Look out for paw prints and claw marks left by mammals, delicate tracks left by tiny birds and hoof prints made by deer or horses. If you find some tracks, why not follow them and see where they lead you!
Have fun creating 3D art using twigs found on the ground. Try building a twig tower – simply stack your twigs on top of each other and see what sculptures you can make.
The open space in woodlands make them the perfect place to create your own obstacle course. Try crawling a series of hurdles for you to jump over or crawl under by balancing a thin stick between two logs.
Walking is a great way to stay fit and healthy and this challenge from Tracker will help you stay motivated by pledging your steps to the campaign, don’t forget to register your steps on the Tracker website and you could be packing some free Tracker bars in your bag for your next trip into the great outdoors.
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