Get ready, go! Improve children’s well-being with National Trust outdoor games and activities in Northern Ireland
This summer, the National Trust locations in Northern Ireland will be ready to ‘Get Set, Go! Â»With a range of active, sensory and playful activities that encourage fun, laughter and free time in nature.
ou can pick up a âGet Ready, Goâ activity card – or if you prefer, download it from the National Trust website – to take it with you and inspire your summer adventure.
These activity cards offer many ways to enjoy summer activities, such as âFind Your Wayâ to explore new paths and experience different natural textures, or âFeel the Beatâ to tune in to the sounds and rhythms of nature.
Each activity is designed to have fun with your surroundings and explore the simple things this summer.
Playing is essential for children’s mental health and well-being and recent research by the conservation charity has shown that connecting with nature promotes different types of well-being, happiness and well-being. for proper day-to-day operation.
Research also found that children were more likely to report feeling happy if they had a higher level of connection with nature, if they were engaged in meaningful nature-related activities (such as writing songs or playing songs). poetry about nature) and spent time relaxing in nature.
The good news is that connecting with nature can be simple, everyday, and right under our noses, like walking barefoot, listening to birdsong, and smelling flowers.
Annie Reilly, Experience Development Manager at the National Trust, said: âGoing barefoot is one of those simple pleasures that requires you to stop to be more aware of your surroundings and it’s a really good way. to connect with nature.
âWe know that other simple sensory pleasures such as smelling flowers, listening to birdsong, and noticing butterflies and bees can also help connect with nature and encourage feelings of well-being.
âWith people’s desire to reconnect with family and friends, and to enjoy the outdoors and the simple, sensory pleasures of life, we will be focusing on what families can do just that in many of our locations this year. summer by providing safe spaces to enjoy and have fun. “
Here are some of the âGet ready, go! From the National Trust activities near you:
The Argory, County Armagh
Challenge your friends and family at the Blackwater Bootcamp. How high can you jump? How much can you lift?
Enjoy the schoolyard and tennis on the lawn; compose an air of nature in the sonorous boot of a giant arbor; Try your hand at Argory art or help the next generation of riders learn to ride the new free balance bikes.
Pre-reservation not required.
Castle Coole, Florence Court and Crom, Co Fermanagh
Grab a Get Set, Go to Castle Coole, Crom or Florence Court card and create your own adventure exploring the activities at each location.
You can take a dip in Crom, add a little bounce in Castle Coole, or follow the path to Florence Court, all the while observing nature in each of these special places.
Don’t forget to collect your wooden medal to participate. Pre-reservation not required.
Rowallane Garden, County Antrim
Venture into Explore & Play, a natural playground filled with fun physical challenges. See if you can survive the swamp, find the tallest trees, and be active in the wild.
Don’t forget to get a Get Set, Go card to inspire your summer adventure. âFind Your Wayâ to explore new paths and experience different natural textures, or âFeel the Rhythmâ to tune in to the sounds and rhythms of nature.
Mount Stewart, County Down
Pick up your Get Set Pack, Go in the courtyard outside the Visitor Reception and choose your own adventure. Immerse yourself in forest baths, search for hidden digital treasures through geocaching or try your hand at archery. Line up for the Magic Ink Pot, a natural play area themed around magical voyages and mythical creatures; or see what weird and exotic animals you can find in the arch of the Italian garden.
Castle District, County Down
Choose to walk barefoot in the wildflower meadow, hit the target while buzzing with the bees, prepare, participate in a potato sack race, catch your breath in a yoga pose or make your way through the estate with a natural sensory trail.
Pre-booking not required
Go wild outside
Keeping children away from computer screens and enjoying outdoor activities can really help with growth and development. Here are a few things to try with your little ones:
done safely and under adult supervision, it is a great confidence booster and can also build strength, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills.
kids will paddle anywhere, anytime, including winter. Put on their rubber boots and let them splash as they please.
Head to the nearest beach with a bucket and net and see how many living species you can find in the rock pools and ponds. Teach children to treat wild creatures with care and respect when removing them from their natural habitat and gently bringing them back.
kids love to climb rocks and obstacles. If you are not near the sea, check with your local recreation center, many have climbing walls suitable for all ages.
kids love to go out in the dark even on a simple stroll through the stores. Talking to them about the night sky and the stars encourages interest in science and is a great family activity. If you have a garden, why not lie outside in sleeping bags and try to identify the constellations.
Head to your nearest green space and try to identify various species of birds and flowers. If your child learns to love the natural world, he will develop an intrinsic desire to protect it. Collect and save irregularly shaped stones, feathers and pressed flowers.
children will not realize the need to protect the planet if they do not learn to love it and the animals that live on it.
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