Transforming a child’s behaviour can come from the least expected of places. When organised play isn’t working, try talking them away into nature. That’s just what we did with Tilly and it worked wonders.
We’ve finally started seeing some hot, summery weather and with family visiting have been looking for somewhere to go for fun that’s out of the heat. Woodland is excellent for keeping cool on warm days so I opted to take the family to Penn Wood, one of the largest woods near to us and somewhere I’ve enjoyed returning to over the past few years. The woods were an instant hit with Tilly, who set about running around the trees, throwing leaves around and generally having a ball.
For Tilly’s 2nd birthday I set out a list of experiences for her to do and see over the coming year. One of these is to share one of my favourite pastimes of taking in a panorama atop a hill. As we live in the Chiltern hills, this is happily an easily achievable task and one that would allow me to take Tilly to what I rate as one of the finest viewpoints in the area. All that was needed was the right day and weather.
Colder, wetter weather is limiting outdoor activities with the little ones but get the boots out and there’s simple fun to be had by squelching down a muddy path. I took Tilly out on a rare sunny afternoon to explore our nearby countryside and give her some much-needed walking practice.
The idea of an agricultural show may seem unfamiliar territory to urbanites but don’t let images of tweed, wellies and prize bulls put you off; there’s a fine day in store with plenty to keep the family entertained. Having grown up in a rural area I’ve always been used to the annual show, which was always a highlight on the calendar regardless of whether you were part of the farming community. I rather forgot about them during years living in London but happily rediscovered them and introduced my wife to the shows when we moved out to the shires. In the home counties surrounding the capital, county shows are big affairs attracting thousands of visitors from far and wide.