Building sandcastles, searching for bugs, climbing trees, making dens – the list could go on and on for fun, free things to do in the great outdoors. Although according to a survey of 2000 people commissioned by the Eco Attrrations Group sadly a third of them have never splashed in puddles and half of them have never stomped in mud. My younger ones love to don their rainclothes and get wet and dirty. Don’t get me wrong the older ones are harder to coerce, but once out they forget about the gadgets they have left indoors and use their imaginations to play that so easily get dulled by sitting in front of screens all day long. When the sun is out there is an even greater opportunity to enjoy yourselves. If you are lucky enough to live by the sea then sandcastle building is a must or making daisy chains in your local park which 66% of families surveyed have never done. Pooh sticks and bug hunting are always are favourite on our list, both of which are completely free. The sad part of this survey is that three quarters of parents would love to spend more time outside but in reality spend only five hours a week outside compared to the eleven hours that they would have spent as children. With our busy lives, trying to create a good work/home life balance. Taking the time to get outside as a family can often get put to the back of the list, but as someone once said to me. Will your children remember traipsing round shops and an immaculate home or will they remember the trip to the sea to build sandcastles or climbing trees with their siblings. I know which memories I would rather create for my children. The statistics in this post were taken from a study commissioned by the Eco Attrations Group.