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Turning a Walk into a Book Trail

It’s been a while since we went out as a family for an adventure, so we set off for Basildon Park National Trust. It was a cold day, but that never stops us. We started our usual humble walk through the grounds but then it turned into our very own book trail…turn a walk into a book trail.

Basildon Park Country House

It is inspiring listening to children enjoy the great outdoors, they find adventure and fun in the simplest of things. They climb a tree, support and help each other. They build a den and play families in it. They jump on logs like stepping-stones. It demonstrates the simplicity of play and learning.

These are all the things we got up to on this outdoor adventure, they climbed a tree, they played in a den and jumped on logs….

Stick Man

Whist playing in the den Boo found a stick, but it wasn’t just any old ordinary stick…it was the Stick Man! Yes, she found the stick man. Ok so he had one arm missing, but that didn’t matter, she was incredibly pleased with her find.

3 Billy Goats Gruff

The stick man had to come on our adventure too. We continued through the woods, climbing over logs until we found a little bridge. The children proceeded to be the Three Billy Goats Gruff crossing the bridge and looking for the troll. This created loads of fun and it was fantastic to hear the children retelling the well-known story.

The Gruffalo

After a good play on the bridge we continued, this time on the hunt for The Gruffalo. They love that book, I’m not sure it will ever lose its attraction.

It was at this point I said to the children, everything you have played so far has related to a book. “Oh yeah” they replied, then picked up another large stick and proceeded to fly on it. We’re doing ‘room on a broom‘ now!

Boo found the stick man family tree, but refused to leave him there with his family. She actually ended up taking him home and to school the next day for show and tell!

Owl Babies

Lastly, as we wandered round the grounds, we found a tree with a big hole in it, daddy lifted each child up to look inside. It’s The Owl Babies they said! That is one of my favourite books, when I read it to them, I replace each of the baby owls names with their own and it makes it a very special book to us.

The children played in the maze too and I love this photo where I was taking a picture of BB, then Pinky just popped up from nowhere to photobomb the picture!

A simple walk in the great outdoors is very easily turned into your very own book trail with bit of imagination, a bit of nature and a sense of adventure. It is amazing how books inspire.


10 thoughts on “Turning a Walk into a Book Trail”

  1. So lovely how the books have inspired them in this way! I expect they will always have a love of books which is wonderful. It does look pretty similar to Stickman that stick! 🙂

  2. Sounds like your kids love books and it made the walk fun. My daughter also found a stick when we were out walking and told me it was stick man.

  3. I love the way that the books helped inspire them with their imaginations on the walk. We get a lot of stick men on our walks too although not quite so many references to the other books!

    Sounds like you had a lovely day out and that the children all enjoyed using their imaginations 🙂

  4. Awww lovely! We often do that too and make up stories about princesses, dragons and pirates as we go on long walks! We love visiting Basildon Park National Trust! #LetKidsBeKids

  5. This is so wonderful! It’s surprisingly hard to find a fully formed stick man isn’t it? We look for stick man very often when out walking, but they’re rare! #Letkidsbekids

  6. Ah it’s so very true and Monkey does the same on walks. He found a great stick man recently and last time we went for a walk in the woods we ended up hunting for the tracks of the big bad mouse from the gruffalos child.

    There’s also often a lot of swishy swishy and squelch squerch going on thanks to going on bear hunt.

    Looking forward to much more of this as the kids get older xxx

  7. Awe, I love her stick man and all of those wonderful books! How did you stand it! It sounds like a little piece of heaven…wandering the trails…in and out of your favorite childhood books.

  8. This is what I do as we always go to the same place lately! I try to make my son imagine that its a different place by using our imagination!

  9. It’s great that you’re kids all enjoy the books they read so much they brought them out into their adventure in the great outdoors. It’s great listening to how kids let their imaginations take control and turn a small walk into a great adventure!

    It’s lovely to see the kids imaginations working together to create a joint adventure.

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