THE BEST KIDS HIKING BOOTS OF 2017

So far my toddler has been fine with wellies or trainers on our adventures, but he's definitely ready for his first pair of hiking boots. I had no idea where to start looking and found this article really helpful. I hope you do too!

THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good

"A child’s neurological system is naturally designed to seek out the sensory input it needs in order to develop into a strong and capable individual. For instance, if a child starts jumping off small rocks, that is because their brain is ready for this type of activity. If a child is spinning in circles just for fun, it is because he or she needs that sensory input. If they climb a tree effortlessly, it means they are capable of doing so."

TRAIL AND HIKING GAMES TO KEEP YOUR KIDS ENGAGED OUTDOORS

Hiking games that motivate kids and keep them happy and moving are great tools to be able to call on when you’re outdoors.  Let’s face it, we’ve all been there: ‘No. I’m not moving’.  There’s just no getting away from the fact that kids are difficult sometimes. It literally happened to me in the supermarket last night.

GEOCACHING AND ORIENTEERING

If you like exploring, you'll love geocaching, the global treasure hunt for the whole family. To take things up a level, you could join an orienteering adventure or improve your navigation and wilderness skills on a bushcraft and survival course