Preparing For Our First Time Under Canvas At Elderflower Fields

   

Last year we attended our first festival as a family, in fact it was a first for me too.  I had always loved the thought of dancing around with flowers in my hair and the kids running wild but then worried about the realities of rubbish weather and missing children.

I bit the bullet and went with my heart and decided we would just visit one for the day to see how it went.

I came across Elderflower Fields which looked perfect for our first festival as it was smaller than some of the others I had considered.  

  
It was even more wonderful than I ever imagined and was actually surprised at what a fabulous time we had. So much so that we will be returning this year to have our first time under canvas!

  
I wrote a post a while ago about how outdoor play is on the decline and it is a subject that is now very close to my heart and try to spend as much time outside with the little ones as I possibly can.  What could be better than a whole weekend in the middle of the beautiful countryside with no technology, the great outdoors, good food, great music and lots of activities to keep them all amused.
   
Take a look at what we got up to last year and keep an eye out for how we are going to get prepared over the next few weeks!

Getting Children Into Upcycling

  

Global warming and climate change are hard enough subjects for us as adults to get our heads around, so how on earth can we get this message across to our children?

Children are like sponges and soak up everything that is going on around us.  They learn so much through imitating adults and copying our actions that we need to use this to our advantage and educate them on important issues early on so they can carry this information into adulthood.

For me the best was to teach children is to be hands on.  How many children come out of school and can’t recall anything from their day in the classroom, whereas taking them out and about to touch, feel and really sence everything around them leaves a much more lasting impression.

There has sadly been a huge decline in the amount of time children spend in the open air exploring their natural environment and this is one of the best ways to explain to them the affects the modern living is having on the world as we know it.

Another great way to get them thinking about the environment is by teaching them the value of upcycling and recycling.

Taking them to recycling sites and allowing them to sort all the recyclable items and getting them to think about what these things could then be made into.

Upcycling is the perfect way to teach the children about the benefit of substances such a plastic as the durability of it allows you to have so many uses for it and it can last a lifetime.

There are so many uses for plastic now and because of the resiliance and strength in plastic there is less waste which is so much better for the environment.

We get through pints and pints of milk in this house so we always have plastic cartons by the bucket load.

I decided to mix some upcycling along with caring for the environment by making a watering can out of one of our many milk cartons.

   
  
 It was so simple to make.  I took some acrylic paint and added some pretty spring flowers to the outside and then with a metal skewer carefully made some holes in the lid of the carton to make the water spout.  Number four happily filled this up again and again and set to watering the flowers in the garden.

   
  

 
Have a little think about other ways you could use things that would normally be thrown away that the children would love to help create.  It would be great to hear your ideas!
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