Our Kids' Council
Following our Natural Childhood Report, which found that children in the UK were becoming disconnected with nature and the outdoors, we set about recruiting for our Kids' Council - a panel of 10 children to advise us on how we can get more of the nation's children outdoors.
Our Kids' Council, and their families, have jumped into their roles with gusto, working with us since November 2012. One of their key jobs has been to help us develop our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ campaign for 2013, making sure that it really delivers fantastic activities which help get the nation's kids outdoors and closer to nature. They've helped us develop the scrapbook and design the website and given us lots of great ideas for retail and catering products too.
Over the last few months, the Kids' Council have been trying out some of the 50 things activities and have helped our rangers tweak the activities to make them even better.
Here you can find out more about what the kids love about nature and being outside, and maybe pick up some tips for your own outdoor adventures.
- Kai Bickley, aged 7 from West Midlands
- Mia McDade, aged 8 from Cheshire
- Jessica Swales, aged 8 from North Yorkshire
- Leif Wilson-Palmer, aged 8 from Gloucestershire
- Max Hodgson, aged 9 from West Midlands
- Kit Le Froy, aged 9 from Cornwall
- Sophia Tarling, aged 9 from Norfolk
- Francesca Carrannante, aged 9 from London
- Harry Wilson, aged 10 from Bristol
- Iona Howells, aged 12 from Kent
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'I just love playing with mud – the stickier and muckier the better!'
- Mia McDade, aged 8
Looking for inspiration for a muddy day, then follow our Kids' Council's top tips on getting muddy. From making a mud slide and hunting for worms, to going on a muddy walk and making a mud pie - which will you try first?