3 FAB ACTIVITIES TO GET THE KIDS OUTDOORS!

JOIN THE STONE PAINTING CRAZEimg_5705

This is an activity we have become addicted to this Summer. All you need is a Facebook account, some paint and some stones!

1. Join your local Facebook group – at home we are members of “Staffs Smilestones” but as we are on Anglesey this Summer on holiday we have joined “Anglesey Rocks.”

2. Find or buy some stones to paint – obviously as we are right next to the beach here on Anglesey we have lots of stones and pebbles to choose from and hunting on the beach for the best stones to paint becomes an activity in itself! However, you can also buy bags of stones reasonably cheaply from a garden centre.

3. Paint your stones using permanent markers or acrylic paint and seal with varnish/pva glue. Write your Facebook group’s name on the back (and if you have room put a message asking for a photo and a rehide).

4. Hide your stones and watch their journey unfold on Facebook!

Some of the stones we have hidden on Anglesey have had quite a journey already – one has made it all the way down to Dover, another is currently in Somerset and by some strange coincidence 2 have been rehidden in Staffordshire by a family who were on holiday on Anglesey! It’s also great fun to find other people’s stones too – we are constantly on the look out!

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One of Bean’s stones is on its way to Nottingham!

GO GEOCACHING

Geocaching is “the world’s largest treasure hunt” and there are millions of geocaches hidden all around the world. A geocache is typically a small container (a tupperware box, a film canister etc) with a notebook/piece of paper inside it for finders to sign and date. The geocaches are hidden and their location is logged online.

You need to create an account on https://www.geocaching.com or download the Geocaching app. Then you can view the map for geocaches hidden near you. Using the app or the gprs on your phone you then go searching. Once you’ve found the geocache you sign and date the logbook, put the geocache back where you found it and log your find online.
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DO A SCAVENGER HUNT

We recently did a scavenger hunt at the National Trust’s Penrhyn Castle. However, it’s easy to create your own and the opportunities are endless! See below for ideas.

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Photo credit: momdot.com

HAPPY HUNTING EVERYONE!

Do you have any ideas for activities to get the kids outdoors? Please feel free to comment at the bottom of this page. And don’t forget to Pin this on Pinterest or share on Twitter & Facebook!

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