If you have been round this neck of the internet over recent weeks you will know we hosted our own Big Little Tent Festival where as a family we took to the garden to turn off our screens and go back to old-fashioned fun and spending quality time together.
The joy of the Big Little Tent Festival is that it needn’t cost any money once you have something to camp in, however borrowing a tent or a little dome tent can do the trick if you’re not lucky enough to have a tent of your own.
While planning out our Big Little Tent Adventure we had masses of Pintrest ideas although very little time to carry out the collection of items to pull them off so our festival was a very laid back affair.
So how can you get involved and what can you do for your own back garden Big Little Tent Festival?
Here are some ideas:
- Get grubby – don’t be afraid of the mud and the dirt. It’s a sign of a great day had by all and lets face it will all come out in the wash!
- Make a scavenger hunt – print out pictures of five or ten things to be found around your campsite – leaves, insects, pine cones, etc and stick them on a bag for each child who is playing. Once they have filled their bags they get a prize
- Bubbles – What ever the age good old-fashioned bubbles can be really fun and super cheap too!
- Find and identify as many mini beasts as you can – maybe join up with your relatives or friends and see what different ‘beasts’ are found in different parts of the country
- Tell stories around the campfire – children can either make a story of their own, or play consequence with each children creating a ‘chapter’ before passing onto the next child to continue the story
- Make a dream catcher to hang in your tent – find a flexible long stick, tie it into a circle and make a wool mesh across the centre. Add leaves, feathers and other natural ornaments and hand in your tent
- Leaf rubbings – bark and leaf rubbings are always fun for the kids to do, and interesting to see the different patterns that different textures and types of bark make. Or make a collage with all the beautiful things you can find around you
- Cook outside! – there is nothing like the smell of tea cooking outside, from BBQ to beans it all tastes much nicer outside!
- Take a bird book (or app) with you and see how many birds you can identify in your garden – either by sight or by sound. Do your friends in different parts of the country have different birds in their garden?
- See what you can hear – Ask all the children to stand still and close their eyes. Each time they hear a new sound they raise a finger. See how many sounds they can hear in one minute – you’ll be amazed what you will hear in your own back garden
For some more ideas you can find them on the Big Little Tents site HERE