I admire the families that go for walks just because. No props, parlour tricks, dogs to walk or even a picnic spot to find. For us, there has to be a purpose to our nature rambles… usually food at the end!
We drove to the Quantocks last year to attempt ‘just walking’ on the hills. Bella fell asleep on the way, and I saw this as an absolute sign that we were meant to find a pub for Sunday lunch.
The other day however, we spent a great couple of hours at Ramscombe Great Wood. We did not even have to break up the time with eating, marital bickering, or with me getting stuck up a tree which normally kills 20 minutes or so. Instead, I made a treasure hunt game for Bella (and Daddy apparently) to enjoy on our walk.
I scribbled 12 things on a piece of paper for Bella to do/find/collect on our mini trek and if she completed the hunt she would win a prize (stickers).
OK, so there isn’t anything ground breaking here, but I was very pleased with myself for achieving quality family time outdoors that did not include a) wine b) nurofen or c) tears (mine not Bella’s).
The 12 things on our hunt were…..
- Find a big log to walk along and balance on
- Find and collect a twig that looks like a stick man
- Find 5 different types of mini beast
- Find somewhere to go paddling
- Find and collect a wild flower
- Find 5 different types of leaves and collect them to take home for leaf rubbing
- Take 5 pictures on Daddy’s phone to copy and colour when you get home
- Find and collect an acorn or a conker
- Find a magic carpet of flowers
- Find and collect 5 flat stones to take home to paint story stones
- Find and make a wish on a dandelion
- Name 3 different sounds you have heard in the woods
She collected all her little treasures in her gardening bag bought from the lovely The Bear & Miss Rabbit and used the little tools included to help her hunt. She felt very pleased with herself for completing all 12, and was a happy little munchkin drawing the pictures and doing the leaf rubbing when we got home. We still have the story stones to paint.
Ramscombe Great Wood is a great place to have fun doing this – situated midway between Bridgwater and Williton, this large woodland also opens up into a lovely grassy space beside a shallow stream, which is perfect for paddling and making dams and the slopes look like good fun for rolling down. There is ample car parking, picnic tables, several brick barbecues, and toilets. The tracks are great for bike rides and if you do take a picnic this would make for a perfect day out with lots to do! This is definitely one to visit with or without treasure hunt fun 🙂