Nature Trail Tips from Munch Bunch #MBGoodStuff

You may have caught our Twitter party recently with Munch Bunch and Angellica Bell – we were all helping to encourage parents to enjoy nature with their little ones, getting outside and exploring food and where it comes from.
Well now the weather has turned and we are beginning to get outside more – We’ve actually spent the last few days solely outdoors, it is the perfect time to share the tips which were collected during that Twitter party.


1. Be
adventurous with your location. Add an extra dimension by doing a
sensory nature trail on a farm: explore the sights, sounds, smells,
tastes and touch of nature!
Some farms will
even allow children to milk the cows – a fascinating experience for
little ones – and a chance to explain how natural ingredients make
the foods they love, like Munch Bunch.
2. If
you’re doing a sensory trail remember to explain to your children
each of their senses in simple terms at the start of the trail.
Test them as you
go, e.g; “Can you hear that cow moo-ing? What sense are we using to
do that?”
3. Take
along foods to stimulate their sense of taste – and to keep hunger
pangs at bay. Dairy snacks like fromage frais, squeezy yogurts
and tangy fruit
are all good choices, rooted in nature.
4. If you
do get to see the cows being milked, you can talk to children about
how milk contains calcium, which is important for healthy bone growth. To make it
fun, ask the children to give their toothiest grins, or test each
other’s strength.


Use themes and challenge your children to seek out objects and
plants, sounds or sights that are certain colours or begin with
different letters – e.g;…’Who can see something beginning with B’
or ‘Can you collect 3 things that are green?’

6. Create
a tick-list for children to mark off as they find things and even
create a certificate for the end of the trial.
7. Older
children might like to take photographs of their finds, or even film
the trail using your mobile phone
8. Always
be prepared for a sudden down-pour, this is Britain after all!
9. Use
Easter as a great opportunity to talk about the life cycle of real
eggs. Children are fascinated with which animals give us which foods
Why not create a
quiz for the children, e.g; “which animals give us the main
ingredient in fromage frais?” Or, “list as many milk-based foods
as you can”
10. Early
Spring is a good time to plant summer fruits such as strawberries and
raspberries. You can do this at home, or, if your farm has a fruit patch,
why not go down and offer to help plant them with your little one –
then you can go back when they’re ripe later in the Summer and pick
and enjoy the fresh fruits together.
11. Chat
with your children about how fresh fruit is seasonal but we’re also
lucky in that we can enjoy fruit year round too.
12. In the
Summer pick-your-own fruit farms are a great place to teach children
where their favourite flavours in foods like fromage frais come from
and how different fruits grow.
13. Children
love messy play and squishing and squashing fresh fruits – but
don’t waste them. You can use as delicious toppings to decorate
fromage frais and attempt to make smoothies with them.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you in collaboration with Munch Bunch®

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