We’re huge fans of getting the kids out of the house into the great outdoors and having fun out there. Fresh air is always good for them, and there is so much to do outside to challenge them and teach them too. I’ve always assumed we were pretty good at this but since reading 100 Family Adventures I’ve realised that there’s actually so much more for us to do as the children get a bit older.
The Meek Family are teacher parents Tim and Kerry and their two daughters Amy (11) and Ella (9) and they hit the news when they announced that they were taking a year out of formal education in 2014 – 2015 to travel around Britain in search of adventure. What they are doing with their children is really so inspiring and I just wish our two were that bit older so we could go on more proper family adventures ourselves.
100 Family Adventures is split into several sections – woodland, water, close to home, hills and mountains, exploring, by the sea and extreme wether – and includes a real mix of activities. There’s everything from learning to map read and cooking on a beach through to exploring an abandoned ruin and wild swimming. Some of the adventures may be a bit beyond my two (who are only 2 and 4) but there are loads of one that we can scale down and do with them, and others that just give me inspiration to get outside with them.
For most of the adventures the book gives you a “tips and considerations” box which is almost like a mini risk assessment before you undertake the activity with your family. It’s important to realise that some things can be dangerous if you’re not properly prepared, or don’t have the right equipment, but the Meek family cover this in a way that tells you what you need to consider without making the whole thing seem too scary and off putting. A nice balance I think.
I think our family adventure for the summer is going to be a simple one to take the kids camping. We’ve always been a bit too scared at what it may involve, but I think we need to just take the plunge in the hope that greater family adventures can follow.
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