So Summer is coming to an end. Well at least it feels like it when it rains in August. But rather than be downbeat about it, we are going to view it as an opportunity to get out in the woods and see how wet and mucky we can get. The combined mud, blood and tears are essential experience for life.
To help get kids outside this summer, Persil has teamed up with the Roald Dahl Literacy Estate and Quentin Blake to create a fabulous adventure. We dressed appropriately, filled a flask of hot chocolate and fired up the website on my smartphone.
The interactive story really got the children buzzing. The adventure brings to life some of Roald Dahl’s classic characters. We met up with James from James and the Giant Peach, defeated Trunchbull with the help of the magical book and we met Matilda Wormwood herself! We needed to agree to the terms and conditions and use the camera on my phone but I could see no problem with that at all really. The results are great. Using our surname, so everyone was included, we became part of the book our name became embedded in the text and illustrations.
Washing clothes is possibly the least fun part of bringing up a family. The laundry basket is bottomless! But it seems to be a necessary evil. We clean our children’s clothes so they can get back outside and come back again with dirt and stains but more importantly they’re coming back with experiences.
I believe dirt is good for kids because without dirt there would be no experience. Like scars and grazes, scruffy dirt should be worn like badges. The kids tried something, and maybe failed, but they tried and they learned. Dirt is a childhood mark of adventure and should be worn with pride. My girl’s school has a nature area and it is one of the best lessons that the kids can take. They learn by doing. Hands-on experience, discovery, trial and error are vital to every child’s healthy and happy development. Only the other day, Rosie was helping me cut back a tree in the garden. She knew how to carry and use the tools safely. When I asked where she had learned this she said “in our nature area at school”. I smiled inside. You can watch it on YouTube but you learn it by doing it.