5. Get arty
Because who says you have to stay indoors in order to create a masterpiece? The woods are filled with things to help you put together your own work of art. You can make woodland art as simple or as complicated as you like, depending on the age and attention span of your children.
You can find arty activities all over the woods, from simple bark rubbing, which just requires some crayons and paper, to using leaves, twigs and other things you find on the floor to create a giant piece of floor art.
Leaf printing is also great, messy fun. You can collect leaves, pinecones, and other textured items, and take them home, where you can dunk them in paint and print their shapes onto paper. Or, you could bring a mat, some big paper and paint out with you to try it on the spot. You can repeat patterns, roll the pinecones, trying dabbing them lightly to get colour variations… the options are endless.
6. Press flowers
Enjoy a fun activity while creating memories that will last forever by trying your hand at flower pressing. Perfect for even the youngest of children, pressing flowers is a simple yet satisfying way to spend an afternoon.
When you’re out in the woods, carefully collect one or two flower heads, or some leaves that have dropped to the floor and store them away somewhere safe for when you get home (empty picnic boxes are great for collecting things).
Once home, lay the flowers out between the pages of a nice thick book and explain that when you look later in the year, they’ll be dry and preserved forever. It’ll be lovely to look again in the autumn and remember the special day you spent with your child. You’ll have the perfect keepsake too!