One of our favourite places to visit for exploring has to be Linford Bottom in the New Forest.
Set just outside Ringwood, Linford Bottom is set at the bottom of a valley and boasts large greens which make the perfect picnic area with a shallow clear stream running through the middle, perfect for a spot of paddling and nature spotting.
Spending time in nature can be fun and healthy, but sometimes, even my kids need convincing to put their technology down and head outside to play.
Thankfully there are lots of ways to make nature as stimulating as the activities kids like to do inside, by giving them the right tools to discover.
That’s exactly where Learning Resources comes in. Designed to help kids explore and learn, whilst still keeping the focus on fun, we’ve put some fabulous equipment from the GeoSafari® and GeoSafari® Jr. ranges to the test.
My kids are real water babies so they were straight in the stream with the GeoSafari® Jr. Subscope™ . The submarine-shaped magnifier is perfect for going below the surface of ponds, lakes and rock pools, has 3 powerful LED lights so you can see even in the murkiest of water and Isaac loved watching the minnows as they swam past.
Eliza and Isaac helped Sebby by finding the best spot to see some fish.
Even on a chilly November day, the lure of the water soon got the better of them and they were soon racing around, running and splashing each other and filling their wellies with water.
In hindsight, we should have taken our bigger bucket to try to catch some minnows, as catching them in the Bugnoculoars was almost impossible.
In fact, even finding bugs on dry land was a challenge as even in spite of a little digging there were none to be found, so we ended up viewing some berries we had found instead.
By now the kids were soaked, so we headed out of the water for a spot of bird spotting instead.
The toys are a great way to encourage curiosity, and each of them loved taking a closer look at everything around them. With a full range of toys, some of which are suitable from the age of three, it’s a great way to get the whole family out and about – just be ready to answer lots of questions along the way!
This range of toys is perfect for taking out on your travels and we were testing them on behalf of Day Out with the Kids. Don’t miss your chance to WIN a fantastic bundle of toys from Learning Resources on the Day Out with the Kids Facebook page.