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Get Out and Enjoy The Wildlife This National Bird Day

Nicola Wiseman

January 5th is known as National Bird Day. The purpose of this holiday is to bring attention to the plight of our feathered friends. Established in 1979 by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, up to half a million bird lovers annually spend their day counting all the species of birds they see. To celebrate this day, we have put together some tips on bird watching with children and how to get started.

Birdwatching is a brilliant learning activity and can help encourage your children to take a further interest into the outdoors and nature. Firstly, it is a good idea for parents to have a rough idea of things you might likely see in a garden or on a local walk, just so you can help create excitement about finding them in a guidebook or similar. This can be done by accessing free information online.

The best place to participate in birdwatching is your own back garden. Sit yourselves down by the window and see what comes birds come to visit. Tt is a good idea to set an amount of time dependent upon the attention span of your children. Ensure you write down all of the ones that you find and if you are unsure what they are, write down a description – the best things to look at are the beak shape, body shape, what colours appear on the bird and what size is it. This means you can search later on in either a book or online.

If you enjoy watching them, the next step is to bring more birds into your garden. The best way to do this is by placing various types of bird feeders with different food around the garden. Make sure your feeding stations can be seen from your viewing window. Consider attaching stickers to the outside of your windows to help reduce the chance of birds flying into them.

Some of the birds you might spot in your garden include:

·         Blackbirds

·         Blue tits

·         Chaffinches

·         Collared doves

·         Dunnocks

·         Greenfinches

·         House sparrows

·         Robins

·         Song thrushes

·         Starlings

You can also venture out on a trip to a wildlife reserve. This helps to encourage any children who show an interest in birds. Depending on where you go you might find a whole heap of different kinds of birds, such as ducks, geese and other water birds.

Make sure your little ones are wrapped up warm on your trip. View our full range of childrens waterproof clothing including jackets here. Also why not consider for your little ones waterproof all in one clothing?

Getting a good bird watching book for kids is essential.  Ensure that you get one that is age appropriate for you kids. You will also need you have a notepad and pencil close by so you can make notes about everything you find! You may also find that you need a pair of binoculars to help see the birds up-close. Mostly though, you need a sense of adventure and curiosity to get out and find them!

Things To Do This Christmas Holiday With Your Kids

Nicola Wiseman

School is almost out! With the Christmas Holidays fast approaching its easy to let the break slip away without having fun with your family. While not all of us have the luxury of taking a full two weeks off from life, this is the time of the year where the majority of us are able to slow down just a little bit. With festivities well and truly underway, it can be hard to come up with fun ideas, that’s why we have put together a list of some of the best activities for you and your children to do this holiday:

Arts & Crafts

Kids are often the most excited about this time on the year, so why not make some fun Christmas decorations with them. You can’t beat the classic paper chains or snowflakes. Or why not try something a little harder like straw snowflakes and egg carton Christmas trees.

Cook Together

Spending time in the kitchen is always a favourite way to pass time during those cold and snowy days. From toddlers to teenagers, all kids love the mixing and measuring of ingredients as well as the treats at the end. Why not try to make cupcakes and decorate them with marshmallow Snowman or build your very own gingerbread houses. Why not look at adding activities to keep the little ones engaged, or even simplify the baking process.

Winter Scavenger Hunt

This one takes a little additional work and planning but can be really fun for all those involved. Set up clues inside or even outside the house, be sure to also hide a few special items around the place as well, whether they are gold stars or chocolate treats. Theme it around the season or even get the kids to come up with their own checklist of things to find. The aim of the game is up to you, collect as many item as you can, or follow the clues to the end prize. This is perfect for all ages to enjoy, you could even look at pairing off into teams, kids vs grown ups is a popular option.

Have Fun In The Snow

Weather permitting this is always a fun one. Bring Frosty the snowman back to life this winter with your children or find the biggest hill and go sledging. Nothing beats wrapping up warm and heading outside, you could also look at going on a whole family adventure by going on a walk, enjoy your local scenery during this time of the year and even make a checklist of things to see whilst you are out. Make sure your kids are wrapped up with our warm waterproof kids jackets and children’s warm woolly hats

Local Holiday Events

There will be a lot to do around your local town during this time of the year, whether it is taking your little ones around to see all the lighting display. See if any Christmas shows or pantomimes are being played at your local theatre.  There are countless free and special events this time of year, and many of them only come around once a year, so don’t let the holiday break slip by without stepping out to see them!

Did you know that December is Write to a Friend Month and Read a New Book Month? There is no better way to enjoy the last month of the year by participating in these global events!

Where Can You Make Use of Our DryKids Waterproof Range?

Nicola Wiseman

Here at DryKids, we supply a wide range of kid’s waterproofs at an affordable price, so that your kids can stay dry and still enjoy the outdoors, no matter what the weather is. We believe that kids should be able to play and explore without rain being an issue, but where are the best places for your kids to enjoy the outdoors? In this post we want to give you some ideas on where you could take your kids to explore and play.

One of our favourite locations that will let your children explore wildlife and might even give some added protection against the rain is a local forest or woodland area. Taking your kids to one of these locations in your local area may provide your kids with the opportunity to feel like a real explorer. These types of areas can often be very muddy on the ground, so it may be worth looking at our range of kids wellies, coming in both a classic dark green and navy colour. These wellies will ensure your kids can run and jump is as many puddles as they wish.

One of our other locations that we feel can allow your kids to enjoy the outdoors to its full potential is the range of local parks that may be around your area. There are many websites online that have the ability to find local park locations, ensuring that you can make a journey with guaranteed success. Kids will love using the park equipment, and although it is important to be careful of surfaces that can be easy to slip on – using DryKids clothing will ensure your children can stay dry throughout the adventure.