Center Parcs Whinfell Forest’s resident nature expert and Conservation Ranger, Emma Tapp offered some top tips for getting your family out and about during the autumn months. Our favourite tip was :
Play outside – Despite the drop in temperature, it’s great to wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air. The sound of the leaves crunching as you stroll through the park or play in the garden is bound to get you and your children inspired, so why not head outside for a brisk autumn stroll before setting to work on your poetic masterpiece?
So we followed Emma’s advice and wrapped up warm. We all wore our Welles and took a basket to collect some fallen leaves. We were amazed at how much the colors of the forest had changed since our last visit just a week ago!
Here is our poem
Off we march to our favourite place, the trees have changed and there’s a breeze on my face. My daughters cheeks all flushed with red, the air so fresh as she toddles ahead.
Her little sandals replaced by boots, she tramples, splashes and collects her loot! Crumpled leaves and broken twigs, she feels, inhales, scuffles and digs.
The sun is out although a little breezy, smiles are flowing and life is easy. The flowers have wilted replaced by dead weeds, animals are sleeping, the birds, butterflies and bees.
We stop at our bench for a little rest. To take in the view, this ones the best. We tuck ourselves together and warm our hands, so proud and grateful to share this land.
Heading home we collect more leaves , some rocks and twigs – almost everything she sees!
The colours are bright , yellow , red and green. Probably the brightest my girl has ever seen.
This Autumn is special, our daughter is alert, aware of her surroundings , her senses are pert. We walk, skip and run our best day yet, packed with pictures and poems that we will never forget.
We had lots of fun sticking the leaves we collected to our poem.
It looks great on our playroom wall.