Autumn is truly upon us with cooler days and falling leaves. We are in full swing of school routines and lessons on the weekends. During term time it is always a constant busy schedule for us as a family of four. We understand life demands a lot from each one of us, day in and day out so we make the most of family time when we have some free time. Whether it’s a random sunny day at the beach or finding something closer to home to enjoy, we get out there and we make memories that last. It doesn’t have to cost anything to get outdoors and have family fun together.
Over the summer, we have teamed up with Bassetts Vitamins as part of their amazing #lifewithmorecolour campaign. I love teaming up with a brand that works hard to help families stay healthy and happy together and having fun. Their website is packed full of ideas for family fun whether it’s for a rainy day, craft day or outdoor adventures for any ages and large groups of people too. Bassetts Vitamins campaign matches their own products with soft chewy vitamins for all ages and even liquid vitamins for the little ones too. It’s all about staying healthy as a family so that you can enjoy and cherish these fun activities together. For us, we were looking for something fun to do as a family as it was the last day of summer term so we took advantage of scoping out Bassetts Vitamins’ website here for some great outdoor inspiration. You can input the age and type of activity and search the list for ideas for your family too. Go on try it.
We lucked out, the rain went away just as we were getting our wellies and raincoats on and gave us even a few bursts of sunshine along our family scavenger hunt. I love that we live near the woods so we can wonder and explore whenever we want, at the drop of a hat. I asked the kids what sort of things they would like to see on our scavenger hunt and we made a master list to take with us.
The kids thought it was magical running through the fields near our estate and into the woods. We may have even secretly looked for a Gruffalo but didn’t find one. We found many things on our great outdoor adventure that we hadn’t even thought of writing on our list. It was great watching the kids reading the list over and over and look for what they had me write down. Even Daddy was getting into it and having some fun. I was worried we weren’t going to find our listed items and that they would be disappointed but as luck would have it, we found everything on our list and more.
It wasn’t the scavenger hunt that made our family time so special but getting outdoors in the fresh air together was the best feeling for all of us. It hadn’t been the four of us for over six weeks this summer and it was good to be back together again. I caught myself sitting there basking in the sounds of their giggles and wellies running along the rocky path. It helps us to stay healthy and happy as a family together when we take our adventures outdoors. The kids got their exercise on the long walk to and through the woods as well as some sunshine, fresh air and even exercised their minds too. Being outdoors always seems to make them so much happier than when they are trapped indoors. It’s the freedom to roam free, be loud and exhaust that energy that they build up.
The scavenger hunt did however make their day fun. It was unplanned, unorganized and the kids loved the spontaneous family adventure outdoors. I really have been working hard to do more of these unplanned family days out and exploring with my kids this year. Especially finding things where we can use our imagination, creativity, and minds more than our money. I noticed how much more they love these simple trips than they do the busy big trips. It really is as much about the little things we do together as a family, as it is the big things. I think sometimes we just need a little encouragement or ideas of what to do or create and then we can make it our own family experience together.
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