When children burst through the door with more excitement more energy and more mess than usual, it can only mean one thing! School is finally out and the long summer holidays have begun!
The quiet serenity that was once your home during the school week, is now more like a rowdy soft play centre or teenage hangout. We all want our kids to enjoy these long awaited holidays but what about us parents? It can leave many feeling, well quite frankly stressed out of their minds and exhausted at just the thought of how they will entertain their little cherubs for SIX LONG WEEKS! Yes SIX!!
When the house has already taken a battering, and a sense of cabin fever begins to set it, then it’s simple. It’s time to GET OUT! GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!
Obviously you will have to take your children with you, but we’ve found something that could while away the hours and won’t cost a penny. It also won’t involve you having to shout over thumping music at a trampoline park, or drink another over heated, over priced coffee at a play centre. No, what we propose is far more enjoyable.
The Welsh Mummy Blogs family are taking part in Plantlife’s Great British Wildflower Hunt, yes, a wildflower hunt! Now before you stop reading as you immediately think, your child won’t possibly come off snap chat or be pulled away from their highest score yet on fortnite why not give it a try…..If you can lure them outside (treats in a picnic at the end can work wonders) then head off on a walk and see how many wildflowers from Plantlife’s list you can spot.
What’s even better is that your little darlings can still use their phone to tot up the scores of which flowers they find. So for example red clover will earn you one star while a rare gem like a common spotted orchid will net you 3 stars! It might even start a bit of family competition to see who gets the highest score and who knows maybe the loser can empty the dishwasher!
Flowers are beautiful and intriguing. Why not get out into the fresh air and look at them, enjoy them and find out a bit more about them. Our parents and grandparents had a closer link to wildflowers than we do today. Familiar words like primrose, clover and blackberry are disappearing from the children’s dictionary, so Plantlife is campaigning to re-connect young people and families with the pleasure and importance of wild plants and flowers.
So when you finally return home with children who have hopefully burnt off some energy from all that flower hunting, you maybe surprised how much better you also feel! Getting outside and experiencing nature is one of life’s greatest pick me ups and can really help reduced those everyday stresses and strains of family life. You can also take comfort from the fact that you have not only been super parent and entertained your family without losing money and your marbles but you’ve done an important piece of conservation work.
Wild flowers are vital to our planet. So much nature depends on them – bees, butterflies and us. Flowers are just not as common as they were a few decades ago. By taking part in the Hunt, you’ll give us more information about where flowers can be found. This will help us to campaign for more wild flowers and help us give more information to people wanting to find more flowers.
You’ll help us make the country a prettier place to live and better for wildlife. So I am sure you will agree that The Great British Wildflower hunt is well worth including in your summer plans this year. Happy Hunting! Visit www.plantlife.org.uk/wildflowerhunt to get started!
Benefits of nature for children
Of course childhood is different in the 21st century. But we think plants and nature are still hugely important for children. After all:
- The outdoors is a key part of all children’s experience, whether you grow up in a town or the countryside. What are your happiest memories from childhood? Our bet is many of them come from playing outside – in a park, say, or in nearby scrub or woods.
- We care about what we know. Wild plants are the building blocks of nature, which humans rely on for food, materials and many medicines. Plants are part of our culture, from painting, folk music and poetry, to the flowers of the clans of Scotland.
- Nature is good for our health and happiness. There are a growing number of studies that say nature is good for mental and physical wellbeing. Taking part in Wildflower Hunt is a great way to start. Why not encourage friends and family to get involved?
We will be uploading our wildflower finds on Instagram