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Ten Outdoor Activity Ideas for Children Under 8 years old

Our list of leading outdoor activity ventures for parents and their children are designed to encourage children into the fresh air. Born To Toddle provide a range of outdoor activity products to encourage toddlers and young children to enjoy the outdoors. You can follow us on Facebook.

With their boundless amounts of energy that can drive many parents up the wall during the six-week summer break, encouraging children to embark on some outdoor activities may prove to be a wise move this summer. If you are unsure as to where to head so that your children can participate in some healthy and stimulating activities in the fresh air, take a look at the following 10 outdoor activities for children under 8 years old.

1- Serious Outdoor Skills, Devon

Explore and discover the natural world with your children by embarking on a great wilderness family camping adventure. From fire and shelter, tracking, nature awareness and cooking on an open fire, the Serious Outdoor Skills will help your child recognise and appreciate more primitive ways of living in the most stimulating of surroundings.

2- Jack Raven Bushcraft, Kent

Encourage young children to learn tribal skills such as collecting fuel and preparing open fires at Jack Raven Bushcraft in Staffordshire. The experience of living in the woods whilst learning about bushcraft skills led by a friendly and informative team is a great UK outdoor activity for children.

3- Lower Shaw Farm, Wiltshire

Arts and crafts breaks that kids and parents can enjoy together are great for family holidays. Lower Shaw Farm have seasonal family breaks throughout the year where you can do cooking classes, art lessons and crafts, such as building lanterns and carving pumpkins. These breaks offer a great day out and break for all the family.

4- Galloway Activity Centre, Scotland

If youíre heading to Scotland this summer and are keen to involve young children in some healthy and invigorating outdoor pursuits, then be sure to make a visit to Galloway Activity Centre part of your itinerary. From white water rafting to exploring river bugs, Galloway Activity Centre provide fun and entertaining activities for adults and children of all ages and abilities - enjoy the adventure!

5- Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions, Somerset

These spectacular caves even have life-size dinosaurs and a fairy garden and are guaranteed to entertain even the youngest child. A great day out for the whole family whatever the weather. You can find luxurious accommodation at Wall Eden Farm.

6- Bewilderwood Adventure Park, Norfolk

This forest of family fun is owned by the celebrated childrenís author, Tom Blofeld and hosts many activities including zip wires, jungle bridges, tree houses, boat trips plus Twiggles, Boggles and Crocklebogs - a fantastic outdoor experience for children of all ages.

7- Go Ape

Go Ape is one of the UKís leading outdoor adventure playgrounds set within the trees and with 29 Go Ape Tree Top Adventures scattered around Britain, it wonít be too difficult to find one nearby. Whilst trail blazing, canopy exploring and swinging from trees like apes arenít suitable for very young children, six, seven and eight year olds will experience the adventure of a lifetime.

8- York Ghost Walk, Jorvik Viking Centre

There is nothing quite as enthralling for children than stories about ghosts, ghouls and monsters. Stimulate your childís imagination by taking your little ones on a 75-minute York Ghost Walk starting from the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, where they can visit all the haunted sites of this great city.

9- Studford Trails, North Yorkshire

Aimed specifically at primary and pre-schoolers, let Rabbit, Mole and Owl show your little ones the many delights, hidden treasures and wildlife wonders of the Studfold Trail. Based at Studfold Farm, Nidderdale.

10- Tarka Trail, Devon

If you are lucky enough to be heading to North Devon this summer with young children in tow, then be sure to head to the Tarka Trail, a 30-mile trail in North Devon. This predominantly flat trail is a great place for a family bike ride.

Of course, with all outdoor activities safety should never go overlooked, particularly when cycling, and all children (and adults for that matter), should wear a high quality helmet.