10 Ideas for things to do on a woodland walk: Both the boys love being outside. We are very lucky where we live as there are several different woodlands nearby much of which is used by forest schools during the week. Not only is it a free activity which gets the kids outside. But I always find the fresh air wears them out and they sleep so much better.  Since they are used so much by groups and schools they are also pretty well maintained too.

The other good thing about going walking in the woods is that you can fit it around the time you have to spare. We spent a couple of hours explore one Sunday. There is so much which can be done while there which doesn’t require any pre planning

Go on a Bug Hunt – Monkey loves looking for bugs. Using large sticks to leverage the log so that they can explore underneath. We found all sorts of bugs, woodlice, centipedes, spiders to name a few.

Build a Den – As the woods are maintained there are lots of opportunities to build dens. In fact there are a number already been built. Which means if you are little you can enjoying pretending to sit and watch you favourite TV programmes. If you are Monkey’s age you can see if you can do a better job by building your own.

Practice Balancing – With so many fallen trees and stumps from those that have been cut down there is lots of opportunities to balance. I always under estimate just how much fun little ones can find this activity.

Play Pooh Sticks – Our woods have several streams leading to a big lake. Only Kipper seems to think that pooh sticks should be use done with stones.

Build a Dam – we came across one that had already been built. Its a great little science experiment for the boys although its also important not to damage the woods in anyway.

Go on a Bear Hunt – both boys love the story and its a great one to tell as you walk through the woods. Especially when it comes to the mud bit! It helps keep Kipper involved if we end up walking a little bit further than usual. I have a storybag which we have used out and about before.

Collect Sticks, Stones and Leaves – I wrote recently about how obsessed the boys are with sticks. The use every opportunity to find the biggest heaviest stick they can. Normally they settle on one about the same size as them. Which does at least mean it can be used as a walking stick. If you are more organised than us then you can create little nature walks collecting items of certain colours.

Play Hide and Seek – This keeps Kipper entertained playing in and around the trees going boo whenever he gets the opportunity.

Make a Rope Swing – If you find the right tree it can be a lot of fun. This one was a little too high for Monkey to really take full advantage but it didn’t stop him trying.

Jump in Muddy Puddles – Well that goes without saying. If like my two then you may want to consider making sure they are properly kitted out.

Thanks to Muddy Puddles, both boys have been fully kitted out for our trips to the woods. As well as the beach, the park and the good old British weather. It is a brand which we have tested out before so I know the quality to expect – Being Festival Ready with Muddy Puddles.

In these photos the boys are wearing a Puddlepac Lined Jacket and an Originals Bib and Brace. The Puddlepac lined jacket is available in two designs, yellow blue drop and a red and navy stripe. Both are lined with a soft grey jersey cotton, waterproof and windproof. What I really like about these is that they are designed to be folded down into a pocket. They also come with a carabiner clip which means they can be attached to bags and belts. So they are always on hand when the weather changes. They are also made from recycled bottles which is amazing and a fact that really resonated with Monkey who is one of the schools eco reps.

The hood is elasticated so designed to stay put. Something I really noticed with Kipper when we were in the woods. It didn’t fall down once. The zips are yak proof and strong. The back of the jacket is slightly longer designed to keep bottoms dry. Available in size 12-18 months to 11-12 years, they are also machine washable and have an RRP of £28.95

Waterproof trousers are must for the boys. They love to get muddy and dirty, knowing that they have their Original bib and braces on means they can do whatever they want. The come in five corresponding colours and are available from 18 months to 11-12 years. Monkey has had waterproof trousers before which are elasticated around the waist. But I have found that these can get a bit tight and leave red marks round the waist. Which is why I opted for a bib and brace.

They are more like dungarees with the fully adjustable straps being thick elastic and plastic clips at the front. They also have elastic at the bottom to go around the foot and poppers to make sure they fit perfectly. There is a lot of room in them. This is also a must because its likely the boys will always have warm or multiple layers on underneath. The clips at the front are easy to use and so perfect for the boys. They are fully waterproof and fully breathable. Both ran around the woods freely in theirs and I was happy to let them get covered in mud because they also go in the washing machine! RRP £24

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  1. Alice Colling Reply

    What great ideas and I love the coats. Need to get out to the woods soon!

  2. What a lot of good ideas and very practical outfits too, especially for puddle jumping!

  3. Jo Hutchings Reply

    We like pretending that we’re trying to get away from either the Gruffalo or dinosaurs as the mood takes us.

  4. Gemma Hendry Reply

    id love one for my daughter, she loves collecting sticks on woodland walks

  5. Natalie Burgess Reply

    Brilliant for my little girl who loves jumping in muddy puddles! Xx

  6. Some great ideas thanks and love the coat to protect my son while having fun 🙂

  7. Mrs Kay Young Reply

    We love having outdoor adventures! It’s fun Gruffalo hunting in the woods

  8. My kids love woodland adventures too and yes what is it with kids and sticks!? My oldest started bringing a big stick home every time – he once glued an empty snail shell on one but otherwise they get left in the garden and I have to collect them all because the dog has started eating them

  9. Karen Robinson Reply

    Love the blog – so many good suggestions here. Also love these coats. I’d love to win for my 18-month-old granddaughter. She would look adorable in one and loves jumping in puddles!

  10. Katy Greenhalgh Reply

    Would love this so much. We are always exploring outdoors and going on adventures!

  11. Michelle Ferguson Reply

    This would be perfect for my nephew as he loves being outside even when its raining.

  12. Carrie-Anne Brown Reply

    I love these designs and they look like they can withstand some good wear and tear from little ones!

  13. Anthea Holloway Reply

    These are lovely! I would love to win one for my grandson.

  14. Jeanette Leighton Reply

    Would love to win for either of my children Sheriah 6and Charlie who is 3 in july

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