Go on an adventure this summer
As we head for summer the weather is turning brighter and we are all starting to head outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and to explore our surroundings - something we find important and we are pleased to hear that the Brave Bones Club ( is encouraging youngsters to do.
For M this is the first summer that she has been aware of the great outdoors and able to explore them properly and we have already been enjoying some family adventures in and around our local area.
For M an trip into the back garden is a huge adventure so exploring does not need to involve lots of travelling or expense. Just digging in the garden allows M to find out about mud, weeds, grass, flowers, worms and she has been loving it.
Her fear of the grass has gone, thankfully, and she now loves to sit and play in the garden. To help her enjoy the outdoors we have bought her a trowel and rake set which she has enjoyed playing with already (though it was used like a giant spoon and she may have eaten some mud along the way).
We have also introduced her to some new pets that she can watch when out in the garden - two guinea pigs that she loves to look at already. She now has two dogs, a cat and two guinea pigs that she loves to talk to then she is outdoors.
There is so much fun to be had in the garden and none of it needs to cost a penny - just helping as mummy and daddy tidy it up and get it ready for summer is enjoyable enough.
Getting out coats and shoes on and heading to the park is a great way to introduce M to new experiences - sights, sounds, textures.
Of course one of the best ways to explore and area is to put on your shoes and go for a walk. We are lucky to live next to a number of different nature trails and although M doesn't yet walk that doesn't stop her being able to explore the area in her pram.
She is of the age that all flowers and greenery is fascinating to her and so living on the edge of a town next to fields is a fantastic way for her to learn about the different looks, smells and textures of plants.
Even a simple walk to the shop is an exploration for M. Every wall or plant has to be examined.
We are also quite lucky to live near the sea which gives us the opportunity to look for dolphins.
Or simply just to have a nice long walk with the dogs - giving M the chance to watch many other dogs and their owners play.
M is also at the age that just having a walk down the street is a HUGE adventure - who might she see, what might she find?
We have been lucky to be sent a Brave Bones Club adventure pack which we are looking forward to using over the summer months to help us find and example insects and flowers when we are out and about and we will be documenting out journeys which you can follow here.
Find out more about the Brave Bones Club
The Steve Backshall partnership with The Brave Bones Club, an initiative set up by Cheestrings and Yollies, is to encourage people to have safe but brave adventures, to find out more, or to join the club, visit the Brave Bones Club website.
The Brave Bones Club isn’t just for kids either! All members of the family are encouraged to take the Brave Bones Club oath and get stuck in.
Like many clubs the Brave Bones Club has a whole host of badges that you can collect as you participate in your many adventures - will you be able to collect the whole lot?
Why not take part in some of the competitions the Brave Bones club are hosting: